Mr. Manuel Antonio Loya Sr., went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.
He was born April 13, 1922 in Brownsville.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Merced and Maria; sons, Juan Merced and Mario Damaso; and mother-in-law, Maria Del Jesus Marichalar Delgado.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Juanita D. Loya; sons, Manuel A. Loya Jr. (Mary Alice), Jaime D. Loya (Maggie Solis) and Juan E. Loya; and four grandchildren, Mario Antonio, Alejandro David, Lorenzo Rene and Selina E. Loya.
Mr. Loya is a World War II veteran honorably serving his country in both the Army and Air Force. He volunteered and served with 83rd Infantry Division Signal Company and also in the 4th Infantry, 22nd Battalion. He was present and served with honor during the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. In addition to serving his country, he also served the Lord at Saint Joseph Catholic Church.
Mr. Loya worked and retired after 31 years of service from the U.S. Postal Service. He enjoyed and praised life! He was very dedicated to his family, especially his loving wife.
Serving as pallbearers will be Manuel A. Loya Jr., Mario A. Loya, Alejandro D. Loya, Lorenzo R. Loya, Lionel Gonzalez, Daniel Ybarra, Ruben D. Ybarra and Manuel Ybarra III.
Visitation was held from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at Funeraria Del Angel Buena Vista.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. today, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 555 West St. Francis St., with a committal service to follow to Buena Vista Burial Park.
You may view the obituary, sign the guestbook and send your condolences online to Manuel Antonio Loya's family at www.funerariadelangelbuenavista.com or www.mem.com.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Funeraria Del Angel Buena Vista, cemeteries, mausoleums and crematory, 125 McDavitt Blvd., Brownsville, Texas 78521, (956) 541-5400. Dignity Memorial Provider.
Published in Brownsville Herald from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26, 2013