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Avilio H. Pena
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Birth: Jul. 2, 1919
Death: Feb. 7, 2009

PENA Las Tienditas, Texas Avilio H. Pena, 89, a retired rancher of Las Tienditas entered into eternal rest on Saturday, February 7, 2009 surrounded by his devoted family. He was born on July 2, 1919, the first of eight children of Jose and Sofia H. Pena.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters: Eva (Amando) Cantu, Emma (Alejandro) Garza, and Lilia (Flumencio) Garcia, brother, David, niece, Susana Garcia and nephews: Ruben and Gilberto Cantu whom he loved all dearly.

At an early age, daddy joined the CCC in Louisiana to send money home to mom and dad. CCC stands for Civilian Conservation Corps, which was created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 to create jobs for the American men who could not find work in any other field during the depression. The men could sign up for any length of time, usually it was farm boys who could be away from the farm for a few months at a time. He later joined the U. S. Armed Forces 2d Battalion, 12th Cavalry which was headquartered in Fort Ringgold, near Rio Grande City, the Second of the 12th rode patrols along the southern border for almost forty years under different headquarters. Daddy served as an Intelligence Scout. Late in 1940, the battalion returned to Fort Bliss and trained for war as part of the 1st Cavalry Division's Second Brigade and participated in the historic Louisiana Maneuvers. He returned home and in 1944 married his sweetheart Cleotilde Gutierrez from La Sejita and worked for Trinity Gas Corporation in Ramirez for 28 years where he was known as "Shorty" to his friends. Daddy was a compassionate person to all especially the needy. Taking his grandchildren on nature walks was one of his favorite things. He'd take arrowheads in his pocket to throw along the way for the grandkids to surprisingly find them. Other things that Daddy enjoyed were boxing, photography, watching Cantinflas movies, gardening, boxing, bullfights, and yes boxing. But best of all, Daddy loved his family so much.

He leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Cleotilde; son, Avilio, Jr., (Frances) from Las Tienditas; daughters: Gloria (Oscar) Diaz from Ingleside, Norma (Rafael Ricardo) Villegas from Harlingen and Nora (David) Diaz DeLeon from Kingsville; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; sisters: Elma (Norbeto) Garcia from Alice and Estefana (the late Elizandro) Garcia also from Alice; brother, Jose Jr. (Edna) from Benavides; sister-in-law, Emma Pena from Concepcion; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., on Monday, February 9, 2009 at the Garza Funeral Home in San Diego, Texas with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m., that same evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., at St. Francis De Paula Catholic Church in San Diego, Texas. Interment will follow at Tienditas Cemetery.

The family would like to thank all the nurses from NSL Consulting, Del Cielo, and Hospice services provided by Nurses on Wheels, thanks, to Dr. Roberto Vela whom daddy thought the world of. For all the relatives and friends who have visited, sent food, cards or flowers - we want all of you to know that you have already helped us. By sharing our grief, you've lessened our burden. For all of the people who have kept Daddy in their prayers, know that those prayers have given us inspiration and strength. 
Non-Cemetery Burial
Specifically: Tienditas Cemetery
Created by: CB13
Record added: Dec 30, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102836320


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