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RAUL GUERRERO Raul Guerrero, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on January 8, 2014, in McAllen, Texas, surrounded by his family following a short illness. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carmen Guerrero (Ramirez), children David Guerrero, Teresa Guerrero, Ana Reed (Roger), Raul Guerrero (Rosalva), Carmen Garcia (Carlos), and Alberto Guerrero (Kirsten Vinson), all of McAllen, Texas, as well as ten grandchildren. He was 88 years-old. Raul was part of a pioneering family from Starr County. His father, Vicente, established a general mercantile store in Rio Grande City around the turn of the century, which gave 12 year-old Raul the opportunity to meet and wait on his then 8 year-old future wife who needed a new pair of shoes for the dedication of a historical monument at Loma Blanca in Starr County. Carmen and Raul eventually married in 1949, two years after Raul graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, with a degree in agricultural engineering, and six years after he graduated as valedictorian from Rio Grande City High School. At Texas A&M, he played trumpet on The Fightin' Texas Aggie Band. Raul worked for many years as an agricultural engineer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, which led to posts for Raul and Carmen around Central and South Texas. Eventually, Raul left government service to return to Starr County to work with his father-in-law, Efren Ramirez, at his long-time Ford dealership in Rio Grande City. After Raul retired from the Ramirez Ford dealership, he and Carmen moved to McAllen to enjoy their retirement years with their children and grandchildren. Raul very much enjoyed genealogy and research into the Starr County and Northern Mexico roots of the Guerrero and Margo families on his paternal and maternal sides, and the Ramirez and Hinojosa families on Carmen's paternal and maternal sides. Oftentimes, this research led to very interesting, to say the least, discoveries! Retirement allowed Raul to share his research with fellow genealogy enthusiasts in Hidalgo County, including his rare and treasured historical volumes. Raul absolutely adored his grandchildren, and he enjoyed nothing more than large family gatherings on the weekends, spent cooking, eating, playing with the grandkids, and watching (at least recently) the not so grand results of the Dallas Cowboys. Raul's kindness and generosity knew no bounds. While living in Rio Grande City, he often brought groceries to persons without means, no request needed, no recognition desired. Helping persons in need was second nature. Few ever knew of his acts of generosity, and that's the way he wanted it. Raul felt strongly about higher education, not only for his children and grandchildren, but for all those in the community. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Hidalgo/Starr County Texas A&M University Former Student Club Scholarship Program (contact Rick Margo at 956-683-8647 for more information), or the Texas Exes Rio Grande Valley Scholars Program (visit giving.utexas.edu/how-to-give/rio-grande-valley-scholars-program for more information), or any other scholarship program benefitting area students. A Mass of Christian Burial will be recited at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church at 620 N. Dunlap Ave. in Mission, Texas, with fellow Aggie Father Roy Snipes, O.M.I., officiating. Interment of ashes will follow on Monday, January 13, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at Roselawn Cemetery in McAllen, Texas. kreidlerfuneralhome.com My dear husband, Dad, and Grandpa, we miss you already so much. Our faith teaches us that we will be together again in the end of days. We long for that time when we will see you again. Sign the guest book at www.themonitor.com/obituaries
Published in The Monitor on Jan. 11, 2014
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