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CICERO H. DANIEL Cicero H. Daniel 95, of Victoria passed away on January 27, 2013. He was born October 9, 1917 near Cuero to Robert T. Daniel and Alfreda Borchers Daniel. He graduated from MissionHigh School in 1935 and from Texas A&I College in Kingsville in 1940. He enlisted in the Army in October 1941. Daniel was in the 88th Infantry Division; the first selective Division to be committed to combat in WWII. He was promoted to Major, then became Battalion Commander, commanding over 500 men. He received numerous citations including: Bronze Star Medal (heroic achievement); Legion of Merit (meritorious service); Oak Leaf Cluster to the Bronze Star (heroic service), and three Bronze Service Stars. He had been promoted to Lt. Colonel by the end of the war. He married Mary Keller of Devine on December 4, 1945 at Ft. Sam Houston Army Chapel in San Antonio, beginning a happy marriage of over 67 years. In 1957 Cicero and Mary purchased the Lincoln-Mercury dealership in Brownsville known as Daniel Motor Company. For three consecutive years, he received the President's Award, Ford Motor Company's highest honor. Mary and Cicero lived in Brownsville from 1957 to 1987, selling the dealership in 1984. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Association of Brownsville New Car Dealers, and St. Joseph Academy Advisory Board (serving as co-chairman with his wife), an Active Adult Councilman, and on the Troop 3 Committee for 13 years. Cicero and Mary attended Sacred Heart and St. Mary's CatholicChurches while residing in Brownsville. In 1987 Cicero and Mary returned to his first love of ranching in LavacaCounty. He was a member of the Cattleman Association and HolyFamilyChurch in Victoria. To know Cicero was an experience to treasure-his style of life exemplified love, kindness, patience, humility and gentleness. Cicero was recognized by all who knew him as a loyal and loving husband, father, grandfather (affectionately called "Dad-Dad"), great-grandfather, and friend. He engendered trust. He was indeed a gentleman and a truly gentle man. He is survived by his wife, Mary Keller Daniel of Victoria, and by his three sons: Bill Daniel and wife Jane of Austin; Dr. Charles Daniel and wife Melissa of Victoria; and James Daniel and wife Marilyn of El Lago, seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. He is survived by one brother Robert Daniel and wife Paula of Cypress, one sister Betty Jean Daniel Dondlinger of Mission, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In memory of Cicero H. Daniel contributions may be made to the , Hospice of South Texas, or to Holy Family Catholic Church. Rosary services will be on February 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm at Colonial Funeral Home, 1801 E. Red River, Victoria, Texas, and the visitation will begin on February 1st at 6 pm. The Funeral Mass at Holy Family Church February 2nd at 10 am. Words of comfort may be shared with the Family at www.colonialfuneralhomevictoria.com Arrangements are under the direction of Colonial Funeral Home, Victoria, Texas (361-578-3535). Sign the guest book at www.themonitor.com/obituaries
Published in The Monitor from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2013
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