Alfred C. Pena (Kenny), 83, of Missouri City, Texas went to be with the Lord on April 29, 2014.
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Mr. Pena was born in Gulf, Texas on February 10, 1931 to the late Santos and Maria Pena. He spent his childhood surrounded by 8 beloved siblings and many friends. After playing baseball and football at Boling High School, he earned a scholarship to Wharton Junior College before he was drafted to the military.
A proud Korean War veteran, Corporal Pena served in the US Army from 1952 to 1954 where he earned the Korea Service Medal, two Bronze Stars, the UN Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. After leaving the Army, Mr. Pena married his childhood sweetheart Corina Garcia of Gulf, Texas in 1954. Together, they raised their family in Houston, Texas where he spent 38 years working for the US Postal Service. Mr. Pena's passion for baseball led him to coach his sons and he loved watching them play from Little League to high school. Perhaps his proudest moment was seeing his brother, the late Master Sgt. Mike C. Pena, recently awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his acts of heroism during the Korean War in 1950.
He will always be remembered for his quiet, thoughtful personality, his fedora hats and shiny shoes, and his love of all the foods he couldn't have.
Mr. Pena is survived by his wife, Corina Pena; and four children; Mario and wife Sylvia, Irma and husband Richard, Alfred and wife Patsy, Ruben and wife Alma; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Pena is also survived by his sister, Ofelia Pena of Boling, Texas; brother, Jesse Pena and wife Janie of Wharton, Texas; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Bellaire United Methodist Church, 4417 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX 77401. Burial will take place at Houston National Cemetery May 6, 2014 at 11:15 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to the
. Condolences may be offered at www.millerfuneral.com
Miller Funeral Services and Cremation Society of Texas
7723 Beechnut Street Houston, TX 77074
Published in Houston Chronicle on May 2, 2014