Antonio (Anthony/Tony) Jasso, 91, of Newton, passed away peacefully on Oct. 19, 2019, surrounded by his family in Topeka, where he had been living the past few years with his daughters, Paula, Eva and Toni-Alice.
He was born in El Paso, Texas on April 7, 1928, to Roberto Jasso and Paula Medina Jasso, who preceded him in death. At age 17, he enlisted in the Navy so he could participate in WWII. He served in the Navy from 1945-1949, spending the majority of his naval career on the aircraft carrier, USS Princeton, as a cook. In 1949, Tony chose to return to Newton to work for the Santa Fe Railroad for nearly 44 years.
He married Fifi Moran Sifuentez of Newton in 1950, who preceded him in death in 2007. They had six children, Paula Jasso (deceased), Reina White (Craig), Roberto Jasso (Karen), Eva Murad (M. Deen), Toni-Alice Venneberg (Paul), and Anthony Jr. (Denise). In addition to his surviving children he had 10 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Justa, Julia and Dominga from El Paso, Texas and numerous Jasso family in Newton. His brother, Trinidad and sisters, Emilia, Ramona, Tomasa, Felipe and Petra preceded him in death.
As a longtime resident of Newton, Tony was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, a lifetime member of VFW and American Legion. He was a founding member of the American GI Forum and was active in bringing local and Tejano bands from Texas to the Newton GI Forum. He was also a 1st degree Knights of Columbus member and served in the National Guard Reserve. He had many hobbies and interests, especially enjoying his daily walks and gardening.
His children will always be grateful for his gift of “wanderlust” and the importance of education and taking care of one another that he and his beloved wife, Fifi, instilled in the family.
Rosary will be said at 6 p.m. with visitation from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 25. The Rosary and Mass will both take place at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Newton.
Interment with Navy Honors will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Newton. Services are conducted by Petersen Family Funeral Home in Newton.