Cicero H. Daniel, 95, of Victoria passed away on Jan. 27, 2013.
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He was born Oct. 9, 1917, near Cuero to Robert T. Daniel and Alfreda Borchers Daniel.
He graduated from Mission High 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 World War II. 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 lieutenant colonel by the end of the war.
He married Mary Keller of Devine on Dec. 4, 1945, at Fort 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 Co. For three consecutive years, he received the President's Award, Ford Motor Co.'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 Catholic Churches while residing in Brownsville.
In 1987, Cicero and Mary returned to his first love of ranching in Lavaca County. He was a member of the Cattleman Association and Holy Family Church 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; 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 at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2013, at Colonial Funeral Home, 1801 E. Red River, Victoria, Texas, and the visitation will begin at 6 p.m. on Feb. 1.
The Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Church on Feb. 2, 2013.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at http://www.colonialfuneralhomevictoria.com/
Arrangements are under the direction of Colonial Funeral Home, Victoria, Texas, (361) 578-3535).
Published in Brownsville Herald on January 30, 2013