Ret. Police Capt. Ruben S. Garcia Sr., 87, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville, Texas.
Born in San Benito, Ruben was a lifetime resident of Brownsville. He joined the Brownsville Police Dept. at 21 and served a record 42 and a half years before retiring in 1991. Ruben was also a lifetime parishioner of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, and was especially proud of the fact that he was the first child baptized there.
Ruben is preceded in death by his parents, Maria de Jesus "Chucha' and Manuel Garcia; his first wife, Luz G. "Lucy" Garcia; and two daughters: Lydia Pearl "Poe" Garcia and Janey Ybarra.
Ruben is survived by his wife of 21 years, Martha Fuentes Garcia; a son, Ruben S. (Nellie) Garcia Jr.; two daughters, Maria Cristina (Miguel) Gonzalez and Loraine G. (Kevin+) Knoch; 8 grandsons, 4 granddaughters, 16 great-grandchildren with one on the way, 1 great-great-grandson with 1 on the way; and several nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. today Friday, Dec. 19th and continue through 4 p.m. at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home. Visitation will resume at 5 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 1200 Lincoln, where a rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday evening.
The Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20th at Our Lady of Guadalupe. Committal services will follow at Buena Vista Burial Park.
Military rites will be conducted by Mr. Raul Leal and the American Legion Honor Guard in conjunction with full police honors rendered by members of the Brownsville Police Department.
Ruben's grandchildren are honored to be serving as his pallbearers.
You may view the obituary, sign the guestbook, and send your condolences online to Ruben's family at www.darlingmouser.com
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Darling-Mouser Funeral Home, 945 Palm Blvd, Brownsville, Texas 78520, and (956) 546-7111.
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Published by Brownsville Herald on Dec. 19, 2014.