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Ernesto "Ernie" Garcia Sr.

1926 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Ernesto "Ernie" Garcia Sr. Obituary
Ernesto (Ernie) Garcia Sr. was born Nov. 30, 1926 in Brownsville, Texas to Pedro and Santos Garcia.
He was raised in Brownsville with four brothers where he attended school until the 8th grade. Ernie quit school after the 8th grade following the death of both his parents.
He lived with an aunt and uncle until he joined the Air Force and later served in the United States Army and Navy.
On March 17, 1946 he married Andrea Hernandez. The Lord blessed their marriage with 13 children, 9 girls and 4 boys. They made their home in Brownsville until 1966 when they moved to Burlington where Ernie worked for Bill Hinkhouse and later for Gene Penny and Russell Scott.
Ernie was an avid reader of detective, true crime and mystery novels. He passed that love of reading on to his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.
He also loved paint by numbers and crossword puzzles.
He was Mr. Fix It around the house and a good mechanic by nature.
When he reached retirement age he resided at his corner apartment at 15th Street and Lowell Avenue, where he lived until his passing at Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.
Ernesto is preceded in death by his parents, one brother Ramiro, his wife Andrea and one son, Eddie Garcia.
He leaves behind to mourn 12 children – Mary (Bill) Kiefer, Burlington; Jane (late Blas) Garcia, Milwaukee, Wis.; Margie Hernandez, Burlington; Rosie (Arturo) Alvarez, Harlingen, Texas; Ernesto Jr. (Maria) Garcia, Milwaukee, Wis.; John (Tara) Garcia, Burlington; JoAnn (Margo) Alvarez, Burlington; Tommy (Sandra) Garcia, Burlington; Tammy Kaiser, Burlington; Penny (Gilbert) Gonzales, Lubbock, Texas; Jackie (Andres) Alvarez, Harlingen, Texas; and Andi Garcia, Milwaukee, Wis.
Daughter-in-law Lisa Monroe, Fountain; three brothers, Manuel Garcia, San Antonio, Texas; Pete Garcia, Dallas, Texas; and Prajedes Garcia, Brownsville, Texas.
Thirty-nine grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren, as well as a host of other relatives and many, many friends also survive him.
Published in The Burlington Record on Nov. 29, 2012
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