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Sgt. Gregorio C. Gloria, US Air Force, age 96, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 7, 2013 in San Antonio, TX. He was born 1 of 14 siblings on January 4, 1917 in Fratt, Texas. He was preceded in death by parents Louis Gloria and Petra C. Gloria; wife, Guadalupe A. Gloria and son, Leroy J. Gloria. He is survived by sister, Petra "Pat" Leisure; two daughters: Tricia and husband Timothy Dunham; Cynthia and husband Lupe Trujillo; grandchildren: Brandon and wife Karri Camarillo and Brianna Corder; great-grandchildren: Lane, Hunter and Alysia Camarillo. Gregorio went to work as an airplane mechanic at Kelly Air Force Base in 1943 where he met his wife Guadalupe A. Gloria, they were married on September 12, 1948 for over 63 years until her passing. He was drafted into the US Army Air Corp in 1945 during WWII where he was stationed at Itami Air Base in Japan and traveled all throughout Japan and the Philippines. He served as a Corporal in the 25th Tactical Recon Squadron in the Asiatic Pacific. His squadron was responsible for Tactical Recon after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In October of 1946 at the end of the war he was given an Honorable Discharge. In 1949 when the US Air Corp split into the US Air Force he enlisted and quickly gained rank of Sergeant until discharge in August of 1951. After serving he continued to work at Kelly Air Force Base as an airplane mechanic where he received numerous awards for Exemplary work. He is cited with creating a lot of the tools needed to work on the airplanes. Gregorio is credited at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Ohio for creating a part that kept the planes flying throughout the end of WWII. He retired from Federal Civil Service in January 1977 due to health issues. Gregorio and Guadalupe were Life members of the Men's and Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 9186. He spent his retirement helping raise Cynthia, Tricia, Brandon and Brianna. He was never one to raise his voice or lose his calm, but resolved issues with his words alone. He was knowledgeable and very skilled working with his hands. Anything he thought of he was able to create with will and determination. He was well respected throughout the community and was loved and respected by all that knew him. He was a one of a kind person that could not be duplicated. He was a loving husband, a gentle father and a man of integrity. He is truly missed and will remain forever embedded in our hearts. Visitation will begin on Monday, February 18th at 5:00 P.M. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 P.M. at The Angelus Chapel. The Angelus Funeral Home is centrally located in downtown San Antonio at 1119 N. St. Mary's at Brooklyn. Funeral Mass will be offered on Tuesday, February 19th at 10:30 A.M. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 1321 El Paso St., San Antonio, TX 78207. Interment will follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the
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Published in Express-News on Feb. 18, 2013