CONFIRMED: John A Ornelaz Sr., Veteran, US Army, Vietnam, Retired San Antonio Police Officer (240-23) 19 Nov 23

November 19, 2023 @ 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sunset North Funeral Home
910 N Loop 1604 E
San Antonio, TX 78232
CONFIRMED:  John A Ornelaz Sr., Veteran, US Army, Vietnam, Retired San Antonio Police Officer (240-23) 19 Nov 23 @ Sunset North Funeral Home | San Antonio | Texas | United States


The family of Mr. John A Ornelaz Sr., a US Army Veteran, requests the presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard at the service, and military honors of their loved one, and LEO supported procession. We are honored to accept this invitation.

John Anthony was born in San Antonio, TX March 23, 1949 and passed away peacefully on November 1, 2023. Johnny was raised on the west side of San Antonio and graduated from Fox Tech High School. After high school, he proudly served in the Army, during the Vietnam War (1968-1972) as a Military Police Officer (K-9 Handler).

After his service to our country, Johnny joined the San Antonio Police Department in 1972. One of his early assignments as a Police Officer was being an instrumental part of a Task Force, which resulted in one of SAPD’s largest drug related roundups. He spent his career patrolling all over San Antonio and worked for over a decade as a Field Training Officer. He concluded his career in police work assigned to the Central S.A.F.F.E. Unit, where he was immensely involved in community programs and projects. He retired in 2003 after serving over 31 years.

After retirement, he became extensively involved with the VFW Post 76. Team, He served as Post Commander, held various positions, and volunteered on countless Veteran Committees. He was very dedicated to his elected post and strived to serve his position with dignity and honor.

Johnny will always be remembered for his dedication and generosity to his family and friends. He was a strong man with a loving heart. He will be eternally missed.

Johnny is survived by two sons, Steve (Lourdes), Johnny, a daughter (Pamela), a spouse (Rachel), three sisters Teresa (Greg), Dolores (Rudy), Patricia, and a brother, Albert (Ivette). After his sister Diana’s death, he was blessed with a third son, Sam (Melanie). He also leaves behind eleven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Johnny is preceded in death by his parents Pedro and Anita, his brothers Pedro, Jesse, Richard, and Serapio, his sister Diana, and his great granddaughter, Amelia.

WEATHER: Hi 76 / Lo 61, 0% Chance of Rain, 92% Humidity, Wind: 8 mph SE

REQUESTOR: John Ornelaz Jr., Son


STAGING: 11:00 am, Sunday, November 19, 2023

Sunset North Funeral Home

910 North Loop 1604 East

San Antonio, Texas 78232


BRIEFING: 11:15 am


SERVICE: 12:00 pm

Sunset North Funeral Home

910 North Loop 1604 East

San Antonio, Texas 78232






KSU: 4:00 pm (Semper Gumby)


VFW Post 76: 4:45 pm

VFW Post 76

10 10th Street

San Antonio, Texas 78215


RC: Bob “Pizza Man” Johnson


FC: Juan “Mr. T” Tarango



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2. Safety First: Please remember to properly hydrate (including the night before) before any outdoor activity and to dress appropriately. Do not hesitate to take a break at any time if you feel you need to get in the shade or get indoors and always ask for help at any time. Also please do not forget your sun screen.

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Warm Regards,

Bob “Pizza Man” Johnson
Asst. State Captain
Deputy State Captain
San Antonio Patriot Guard
Dignity, Honor, Respect
Cell: 562-413-2223

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