Ret. 1st Sergeant USMC, Servando “Buck” Garza passed away on January 4, 2009.
After 24 years of service “Buck” retired from the United States Marine Corps as a Veteran of the Korean and Vietnam (two tours) Wars. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart Awards. “Buck” then became employed by H-E-B where he worked for 25 years and retired as the district manager for South Texas. He enjoyed his work, reading and beautifying his yard.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leopoldo Sr. and Celia Garza; two brothers, Rene Garza and Leopoldo Garza, Jr.; one sister, Gloria Gaines; one daughter, Sandra Ann Garza and his parents-in-law, Cecilio and Cenovia Salinas.
“Buck” is survived by his wife Cecilia “Kinney” Garza of Alice, Texas; one son, Buck Edward (Elizabeth) Garza of Fort Worth, Texas; one daughter, Wilma Jo (Dallas Ray) Smetter of Harlingen, Texas; three grandchildren, Blaise and Shannon Garza of Fort Worth, Texas and Reed Justis Smetter of Harlingen, Texas; six brothers, Leonel Garza of Killeen, Texas, Lauro (Dorothy) Garza of San Antonio, Texas, Luis (Mary) Garza of Portland, Texas, Jesus (Terry) of Kingsville, Texas, Jose (Josefina) Garza of Portland, Texas and Juan (Eva) Garza of Hebbronville, Texas; three sisters, Dalia (Juan) Sanchez of Portland, Texas, Elda (Leopoldo) Gomez of Houston, Texas, and Dolores Garza of Hebbronville, Texas; one brother-in-law, Eraclio (Maria) Salinas of Falfurrias, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Rosita Garza and Eulalia (Raul) Trevino both of Falfurrias, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held from 3 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at Ruben M. Garcia & Sons Funeral Services, Chapel A, in Alice, Texas with a Rosary evening.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alice, Texas.
Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Falfurrias, Texas.
Ruben M. Garcia and Sons Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.