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May 12, 1933 ~ January 10, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
Juan Vasquez Jr. passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, in Abilene, TX.
A vigil service and rosary will be held 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Monday, January 16, 2023, at Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 Hwy 277 South, Abilene, TX. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at St. Francis Catholic Church, 826 Cottonwood St, Abilene, Tx. Interment will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park.
Juan was born on May 12, 1933, in Stamford TX, to his parents Juan Vasquez Sr. and Genoveba Vasquez. He married his late wife Elvira Vasquez in 1956 and they were married for 49 years.
Juan enlisted in the Army and served in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged after being wounded in combat and received the Purple Heart for his great sacrifice for his country. He was proud of his service to his country and very patriotic. Juan was a devoted Catholic and attended St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, where he was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He volunteered as a foster grandparent at Sears Park Recreation. And, he enjoyed watching sports and rooting for his favorite teams, the Dallas Cowboys, Abilene High Eagles, and the Texas Rangers.
Most of all he loved and valued his faith, family, and friends. Juan is survived by his sons, Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, Bobby and wife, Marenda, Vasquez, and James Vasquez; daughters, Cynthia and husband Alejandro Martinez, Connie and husband Tony Garza; brother, Jesse Vasquez; sisters, Lina Ortega, Lola and husband Jesse Sanchez, Mary Smith, Lydia and husband Victor Sanchez, Elisa Bustamante; and 19 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren and many more family and friends that he loved dearly.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Elvira Vasquez; son, Samuel Vasquez; brother, Tony Vasquez; parents Juan Sr. and Genoveba Vasquez.
The family expresses gratitude to his many doctors, nurses and staff who cared for him, as well as the personnel of SilverSpring Health and Rehabilitation Center. Also, the family expresses heartfelt gratitude to the many friends and family who faithfully visited Juan over the years, particularly Fr. Bhaskar Morugudi for his pastoral care.