Gabriel Chapa Jr. – 91 years of age passed away Thursday, June 1, 2017 in a Corpus Christi hospital. He was born August 7, 1925 to Gabriel and Ramona Luna Chapa. Gabriel will be remembered by many for his patriotism to his country and dedication to his country, community, church and his Family. Gabriel was a Navy Veteran and was an Alice police officer with Alice police department for 37 years until his retirement on March 31, 1993.
Gabriel was very active in the community of Alice, he was a member of the Evening Lions Club, a Life member of the VEW Post 8621 and the American Legion as a District Commander. Gabriel was invited to the White House and was received personally by the former President Ronald Reagan. He was a parishioner of the St. Joseph Catholic Church where he was a member of the Mutualistas and Cursistas. Gabriel was also a member of Police Officers Association, Gabriel along with Servando Lopez developed and started the Alice Burial association. He was very instrumental in the name changing process for the Plaza Park to the United Veterans Plaza here in Alice. Gabriel was also an avid Dallas Cowboys and Alice Coyotes fan. He is preceded in death by his parents, a granddaughter Clarissa Chapa- Radke, one Brother Presiliano Chapa and two sisters Josie Rodriguez and Carmela Valdepena.
Survivors include his loving wife of 70 years of marriage, Lydia Perez Chapa of Alice, Texas, two sons, George (Hope) Chapa of Alice, Texas, David (Gracie) Chapa of Harlingen, Texas, two sisters, Estolia C.(Justo) Jimenez and Maria Elena Garza both of Alice, Texas and two grandsons, David Andrew Chapa and Gabriel Tomas Chapa, both of Harlingen, Texas.
Visitation was held Sunday June 4, 2017 at 4 to 6 p.m. at Rosas Funeral Home. Visitation continued at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with a Holy Rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass was Celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 5, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial followed at the Roselawn Cemetery of Alice with military honors.
Rosas Funeral Home is entrusted with funeral arrangements