Ezequiel Lopez loved nothing more than to make people laugh, said his daughter, Viola Tharp.
He grew up during the Great Depression, and appreciated the little things in life, especially a good laugh.
“He had a great sense of humor,” she said. “His favorite thing in life was to make people laugh.”
Ezequiel Lopez, 85, of Valparaiso, died July 11. He worked 32 years for Inland Steel, retiring in 1985. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene of Portage. He was an Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Margaret Lopez.
The couple enjoyed doing things together, whether it be traveling or spending time on their hobby farm, raising sheep, goats, cows and chickens.
“They were inseparable,” she said. “They loved their mini-farm, and they kept it for at least 10 years after he retired.”
The couple loved traveling, especially going west to places such as Denver and Wyoming to visit family. They also traveled the East coast and made several trips to Canada.
Lopez had a variety of hobbies, including dancing, gardening and golfing. He loved the Chicago White Sox.
“He loved to keep busy, and Mom did too,” she said. “They weren’t ones to sit around and not do anything.”
Family and friends were of the utmost importance to her father, Tharp said.
“He loved to sit around and tell stories,” she said. “And he always had great advice about life.”