Ret. Lt. Col. Oswaldo G. Guarrnero

February 16, 1917March 9, 2012

Ret. Lt. Col. Oswaldo G. Guarrnero of Dallas went to be with the Lord on March 9, 2012, at 95 years of age. Col. Guarrnero, “PoPo”, was born February 16, 1917, in Del Rio, Texas, to the late Salome and Barbara Guarnero. He graduated from Brownwood High School and attended Howard Payne College. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1941 and served for four years. He then returned to Howard Payne and graduated in 1946. Col. Guarrnero served 21 years with the Air Force and 17 years with Buckner Baptist Benevolences. He was a long time member and Deacon of East Grand Baptist Church in Dallas.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Napoleon.

He is survived by his wife, Maria del Socorro Guarrnero; sister, Naomi Cadell and husband Murrell; daughters: Barbara Gardea and husband Omar, and Aurora Hernandez and husband Ruben; grandchildren: Lisa Esquivel and husband Raul, Robert Hernandez and wife Megan, Abraham Hernandez, and Omar Gardea Jr.; great grandchildren: Sara Esquivel, Lora Trevizo and husband Travis, Nora, Carter, Sam, Abigail, and William; and great-great granddaughter, Johana.

Memorial services will be held at 7 pm on Monday, March 12, 2012, at Grove Hill Funeral Home’s Chapel. Burial, with full military honors, will take place at 9:30 am on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at DFW National Cemetery.


  • Memorial Service Monday, March 12, 2012
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Ret. Lt. Col. Oswaldo G. Guarrnero

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Scott Hartless

March 29, 2012

My sincere regards and sympathy. I only knew "Ozzy" by reputation from my fathers comments at home. Dad and "Ozzy" worked together at the Pentagon and at Ramstein Germany. Dad would smile and comment about his professionalism. Dad really liked "Ozzy" and counted him among those he called friend. I'll bet that my dad and "Ozzy" are swappping stories right now - God Bless.

Scott Hartless for my mom and dad - LtCol Willliam Elbert Hartless and Eleanor.

James Guarnero

March 23, 2012

We lost a great hero and a patriot. He will be missed.

March 13, 2012

My father and I send our love and condolences to Maria and all of the family. Daddy had and has the greatest respect and love for Col. Guarrnero. He and his family embraced East Grand Baptist from the moment they walked down the aisle and joined. No one could know then the impact they all would have on the church and community. What an amazing and valuable life of grace and love! Jim McNabb (Grand Saline, TX) and Jim McNabb (Austin, TX).

March 13, 2012

Uncle Ozzie will always be remembered as a great role model. He will be missed. Our deepest sympathies. Mauro Reyna, Attorney at Law, Penitas, Texas

Irene Resendes

March 12, 2012

Aurora, I am sorry for your loss. May God Bless you all at this difficult time. You and your family are in my prayers.

Virginia Witt

March 12, 2012

We join you in celebrating the life of Lt. Col. Guarrnero. We certainly see the love Robert has for PoPo and what wonderful memories he'll continue to share with the next generation. It will be a joyful reunion in His time.
Love---Mark, Virginia and Landry Witt

Michele Bovadilla

March 12, 2012

What an incredibly kind and generous soul! A true servant leader, an American hero, and a role model to many. Thank you for a life of good works. God bless.

March 12, 2012

Our family has so many fond memories of good neighbors and good times when we think of Ossie and Maria. You continue in our prayers, Maria. Ossie will be greatly missed, but we will see him soon for all eternity. Love, Jerry and Cindy

Melvin O'Bannon

March 12, 2012

It was a pleasure to have meet Mr. Guarrnero several years ago at his home through his loving, caring, and kind daughter, Mrs. Aurora Hernandez, with whom is a colleague of mine for over 6 years. Mr. Guarrnero will be solely missed by his lovely wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and the many family members. Know that he is with the Lord, and you have another angel to watch over you and the rest of the family. God Bless you, Aurora, and the rest of the family.

Clare Murray

March 12, 2012

We are so sorry for your loss; I hope that wonderful memories of that happy and sweet man will sustain you druing the sad times, knowing that you all are in our prayers and that God has sent a comforter for us all. love, clare