Fermin Saldana LUBBOCK-Funeral mass for Fermin Saldana, 92, of Lubbock will be celebrated today at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Deacon Isaac officiating. Burial will be in Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park under the direction of Calvillo Funeral Home. Fermin passed away on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at his residence. He was born on July 7, 1921, in Poteet, Texas, to the late Celso and Felipa Saldana. He married Velia Garza March 4, 1990, in Muleshoe, Texas, who preceded him in death on Nov. 24, 2009. He was a US Army veteran, serving in WWII and receiving the American Theater Campaign Ribbon, the EAME Campaign Ribbon with Four Bronze Stars, Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, a Service Stripe, and three Overseas Service Bars. Survivors include three sons, Joe Saldana of Austin, Ray Saldana of Pleasanton, Larry Saldana of Lubbock; two daughters, Mary Alice De Anda of Lubbock, Sylvia Playman of Castle Rock, Colo.; five sisters, Felipe Arce of Sudan, Emilia Pesqueda, and Maria Pequeda, both of Charlotte, Lupe Berry of Port Charles, Fla., Feliciana Moreno of Boca Raton, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Oct. 4, 2013