Obituaries

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Julian De La Peña

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Raul C. Rodriguez

Raul C. Rodriguez, 77, of Uvalde died on Jan. 14, 2015, at Main Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. A rosary was read yesterday and will be recited again today at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. A funeral Mass will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. He was born on Sept. 4, 1937, in Progreso, Coahuila, Mexico to Maria (Castilla) Rodriguez and Cruz Rodriguez. He is survived by one son, Jose A.

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Cirildo ‘Chilo’ Luna

Cirildo L. “Chilo” Luna, 76, of Batesville died on Jan. 14, 2015, at his residence. He was born on July 9, 1938, in Raymondville to Joaquina (Luera) Luna and Gilberto Luna. He married Ernestina Rios in Batesville on Nov. 4, 1962. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, a resident of Batesville; three daughters, Anna Belia Maldonado of Uvalde, Dora Elia Luna of Odessa and Norma L. Campbell and husband, Corey, of Batesville; three sons, Cirildo Luna Jr. and wife, Thelma, of Odessa, Ricardo Luna of Batesville and Jose G. Luna and wife, Ebony, of San Antonio; one sister, Eufemia Rios of Andrews; one brother, Juan Luna of Batesville; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and five brothers. A rosary was recited on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. A funeral service was held yesterday at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Batesville.

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18
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Russel 'Rusty' Holloway

Russel (Rusty) Joe Holloway passed away on Jan. 6, 2015, at his rustic adobe on the Double Diamond Ranch just south of Alpine, Texas. Rusty was born on May 24, 1962, to Joe and Ruth Holloway in El Paso, Texas and attended Del Rio High School. He spent most of his life as an independent surveyor in Uvalde County before moving to Brewster County in 2009. Rusty was an avid outdoorsman, cowboy, and pioneer that loved to hunt, fish and drive the back roads and ranch roads in his one-of-a-kind Jeep, never taking the straight path anywhere he went. He had a generous heart and a contagious laughter, telling stories filed with odd but colorful characters, a snake or two, maybe a dog but certainly one of his many adventures with surprises throughout. Rusty loved the simple life, his family and friends, rolled smokes, a good cup of coffee in his tin cup, a cold Coors from Harry’s, and sitting around a warm campfire.

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Michael Salazar

Michael Salazar, 29, of Uvalde died on Jan. 15, 2015, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. A rosary was read yesterday and will be recited again today at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. A funeral Mass will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.

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14
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Crecencia C. “Candy” Luna

Crecencia C. “Candy” Luna, 75, of Sabinal died on Jan. 9, 2015, in San Antonio. She was born on June 15, 1939, in Sabinal to Natividad Campos Luna and Pablo Luna. She is survived by four sisters, Estella Luna, Margarita
Luna, Maria Isabel Luna, all of Sabinal and Juanita Luna Lawhn of San Antonio; one brother, Jose Martin of San Antonio; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and four brothers, Pablo Severo Luna, Jose Jesus Luna, Luis Luna and Juan Luna. A rosary was recited on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Rushing- Estes-Knowles Chapel in Sabinal. A Mass of Christian burial was held Monday at 2:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sabinal. Interment followed at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Sabinal. Pallbearers were Jaime Luis Lawhn, José Thomas Luna, Arturo Luna, Juan Luna Jr., José Luna Jr., Antonio Luna, Charlie Paul Luna and Paul Luna. RUSHING-ESTES-KNOWLES MORTUARY, WWW.REKFUNERALS.COM
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11
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Joe Guajardo

Joe Guajardo, 51, of Uvalde died on Dec. 30, 2014, at Northeast Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. He was born on Feb. 28, 1963, in San Juan to Beatrice Hernandez Guajardo and Guadalupe Guajardo. He married Veronica Longoria on Aug. 17, 1983, in Uvalde. He is survived by his wife of 31 years; mother, a resident of San Angelo; three daughters, Irene L. Guajardo and husband, Juan Castro, Yvonne Guzman and husband, Johnny, all of Uvalde and Roxanne Longoria of Kansas; one son, Rikki Joe Longoria of San Juan; six sisters, Rosa Maria Ramirez of San Angelo, Alicia Ibarra of Sonora, Diana Ibarra of San Angelo, Rebecca Garcia of Weslaco, Mary Helen Mendez of Odessa and Anita Vasquez of Uvalde; four brothers, Jesus Guajardo and Estevan Guajardo, both of Uvalde, Juan Guajardo of Midland and Peter Guajardo of Yancey; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father; and one brother, Frank Guajardo. A prayer service was held Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.

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11
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Aaron Michael Prado

Date of Birth: Feb. 19, 1993 Aaron Michael Prado passed away Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, in a fatal car accident. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Ernesto Prado Sr.; and grandmother, Dolores “Lola” Morales. He is survived by his mother, Ada Gonzalez of Donna; father, Ernesto Prado Jr. of Uvalde; one sister, Alexandria Prado of Donna; grandmothers, Eva Morales and Virginia Prado, both of Uvalde; uncles, Jesse Prado and wife, Betsy, Joe Prado, Gus Prado and Jose “Freddie” Lopez and wife, Rocio, all of Uvalde; and aunts, Tania Prado, Sonia Prado and Frances Morales and husband, Joe, all of Uvalde. Aaron was laid to rest on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Donna, Texas.

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11
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Nell Knox Smyth Roosa

Nell Knox Smyth Roosa, a lifelong resident of Uvalde, died on Jan. 8, 2015, at the family home which was built by her parents in 1909. She was born at this residence 95 and a half years ago and delivered by her grandfather, Dr. T.R. Knox. Dr. Knox was a Uvalde physician with his office located on the second floor of the Opera House. She was born June 26, 1919, to Marie Knox Smyth and Lewis Miller Smyth Sr. Nell’s ties with St. Philip’s Episcopal Church run deep as this was where she was baptized, confirmed, married and is where her funeral services will be conducted. Nell graduated from Uvalde High School in 1936. She then attended Sullins College in Bristol, Virginia, graduating in 1939. World War II was in full swing when Nell met her husband, Jack Edward Roosa, at Garner Field where she was working as a secretary. Jack was an Air Force pilot from Lansing, Michigan. After a whirlwind courtship they married on Jan. 16, 1943.

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11
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Russel ‘Rusty’ Holloway

Russel (Rusty) Joe Holloway passed away on Jan. 6, 2015, at his rustic adobe on the Double Diamond Ranch just south of Alpine, Texas. Rusty was born on March 24, 1962, to Joe and Ruth Holloway in El Paso, Texas and attended Del Rio High School. He spent most of his life as an independent surveyor in Uvalde County before moving to Brewster County in 2009. Rusty was an avid outdoorsman, cowboy, and pioneer that loved to hunt, fish and drive the back roads and ranch roads in his one-of-a-kind Jeep, never taking the straight path anywhere he went. He had a generous heart and a contagious laughter, telling stories filed with odd but colorful characters, a snake or two, maybe a dog but certainly one of his many adventures with surprises throughout. Rusty loved the simple life, his family and friends, rolled smokes, a good cup of coffee in his tin cup, a cold Coors from Harry’s, and sitting around a warm campfire.

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