Freer, Texas - Jose R. "Joe" Garcia, 95 years old passed away Thursday, June 1, 2017 in a San Antonio hospice after a long illness. He served in the U. S. Navy as a petty officer during WWII in the capacity of a construction Sea-Bee. He was married for 66 years and was employed by Shell until his retirement after 41 years. Sports was one of his passions; especially the Cowboys, Spurs and the Astros. His prolific love for gardening showed a green thumb; he was able to grow almost any plant in the caliche soil in Freer, what an accomplishment. Another one of his great joys was ranching in partnership with his wife. With an engineering mind, he enjoyed solving maintenance jobs at home or while working on his autos, preferring Pontiacs. May you find eternal comfort and peace as we entrust you to the Lord's warmth and grace. We await the day that we join you in heaven along with all your loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents Cruz and Antonia R. Garcia, his wife Amelia Saenz Garcia, two brothers Carlos Garcia and Esteban Garcia and one sister Maria Chapa. He is survived by his three sons Jose Garcia, Jr. of Houston, Esteban Garcia and Ricardo Carlos Garcia both of Freer, four daughters Elda (David) Hart of Clearwater, Florida, Elsa Abasolo of Austin, Elvia Hettler and Esperanza Pedrazine both of San Antonio, two brothers, Enrique (Alicia) Garcia of San Antonio and Ernesto Garcia of Alice, four sisters Eloisa (Pedro) Perez, Esther Saenz, Elvira Echartea and Carmen Gonzalez all of San Antonio, fifteen grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will begin on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at

5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in San Diego with a Rosary at 7 p.m. that evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Freer. Burial will follow at Hahl Memorial Cemetery in Freer. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with arrangements. Condolences for the family may be left on our website www.mauropgarcia.com.