Jose Ramon Garza|
Jose Ramon Garza, 81 of Harlingen, TX passed away Friday, June 28, 2013. Jose was born on March 19, 1932 in Donna , TX to Merced and Amada Solis Garza.
On October 12, 1952 he married Maria Elena Villafranca at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Harlingen, TX.
He served and retired from the US Marine Corps as GYSGT 1952-1972, was a JROTC instructor at Pace High School, Brownsville, TX 1978-1985, and the Marine Military Academy 1985-1998. Jose was a member of First Marine Division, American Legion, Disabled American Vets, Veterans of Foreign Wars, San Juan Diego Ministries Institution and was an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister.
He is preceded in death by a daughter Marie Georgette Garza in 1973, his parents, 3 sisters and 5 brothers.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Maria Elena Garza Villafranca; sons Juan R. (Trish) Garza, Joe R. (Fran) Garza and Jorge R. (Bonny) Garza; grandchildren James R. Garza, Joseph H. Garza, Jacob J. Garza, Kristen C. Garza Bell. Amyjo F. Garza, Victoria L. Garza, Joshua R. Garza; great grandchildren Lucas Cole Bell, Emmalyn Kay Bell and Kylie Garza; sister Elma G. Lopez of Fresno, CA.
Visitation will be held 1:00pm-9:00pm Sunday, June 30, 2013 and 9:00am-9:00pm Monday, July 1, 2013 in the Rudy Garza Funeral Home Chapel with a rosary to be recited at 7:00pm Monday evening.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am, Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Rev. Msgr. Briseno, celebrant, and a graveside service scheduled at 1:00 pm at Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission, TX.
Arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home in Harlingen.
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Published in Valley Morning Star on June 30, 2013