COL (Ret.) Silviano Joe Blanco

January 25, 1932November 7, 2013
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Funeral services for Retired Army Colonel Silviano Joe Blanco will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Harker Heights, 1:00 pm, on Monday, November 11, 2013. Visitation is Sunday, November 10, 6-8pm, at Crawford and Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen. Burial with full military honors will be held at the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, at a later date.

Colonel Blanco passed Thursday, November 7, 2013 at home. He was born on January 25, 1932 in El Paso, Texas, and had been a member of the Fort Hood/Killeen communities since 1974.

Colonel Blanco was a graduate of Texas Western College of the University of Texas where he initially attended on football scholarship, and had also completed extensive studies to include graduate work at the University of Maryland and Florida State University. Further, he graduated from numerous military schools to include the Engineer Officers Advance Course and the Army’s Command and General Staff College, Leavenworth, Kansas. He was a qualified Master Paratrooper, Special Forces soldier, instructor, and Foreign Area Specialist.

He held numerous Command and Staff positions world wide which included Japan, Korea, Germany, Lebanon, Latin America and Vietnam. His stateside assignments were many, to include the Department of Army, Washington, D.C., and culminated with his retirement at Fort Hood, Texas after twenty-eight (28) years of military service.

Colonel Blanco’s combat tours included two in the Korean conflict, two in Vietnam, the U.S. intervention in Lebanon in 1958, and participation in the two Cuban crises’ in the early 1960’s. He also served in the 82nd Airborne Division’s participation in quelling civil disturbances in Detroit and Washington D.C. During the Panama riots of 1964, Colonel Blanco was extensively involved with the evacuation of U.S. citizens out of the Republic of Panama.

In addition to being a Master Paratrooper, he was awarded three Legions of Merit, the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, two Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation ribbon, and numerous other U.S. and foreign awards.

After his retirement in 1978, Colonel Blanco became the Executive Director of the Bluebonnet Chapter of the American Red Cross. During his seven and a half year tenure he was responsible for the merger of the Bell and Lampasas County Red Cross.

Colonel Blanco was a past president of the Central Texas Retired Officers Association, member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, and a volunteer in several community activities to include instructor for the YMCA teaching citizenship primarily for Army dependents wishing to become U.S. citizens. In addition, he instructed Leadership Development, Management, and Communication at Central Texas College.

Survivors include his wife Nancy H. Blanco of Killeen; son, Joseph Michael Blanco of Cincinnati, Ohio; son, Martin Patrick Blanco of Sugar Land, Texas; daughter, Nancy B. Wallace of Westport, Connecticut; daughter, Teresa B. Crampton of Guilford, Connecticut; sister Carmen B. Mendias of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and eight (8) grandchildren.

Colonel Blanco was preceded in death by his parents Jesse and Francesca Blanco of El Paso, Texas; brothers Robert Blanco and Carlos Blanco; sisters Vicki B. Enriques, Esther B. Pinon and Gloria B. Nickles; and grandson Joseph B. Blanco.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bell County Chapter of the American Red Cross.


  • Visitation Sunday, November 10, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, November 11, 2013

COL (Ret.) Silviano Joe Blanco

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Reginald Spencer

June 17, 2014

I'm sorry to hear the news about you dad. He is was a great soldier and loving father.

Monica and Don Mills

June 3, 2014

Dear Joe, Chris and Blanco Family,

Don and I are very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I know that he was a wonderful role model to you and others around him. We are sorry that we never had a chance to meet your family Joe, but know from our past friendship with you that he was a source of inspiration and pride. May he rest in peace and God bless you and your loved ones. Monica and Don Mills (Neustadt Waldnaab, Germany)

Suzanne Harden

November 12, 2013

God Bless each of you, Aunt Nancy; you are in all of our thoughts and prayers. May The Lord wrap you in His everlasting arms of love and fill each of you with rivers of comfort, peace, & hope. We love you, Suzette & Mark

Melissa Connell

November 10, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow. Bless you and your family with wonderful memories of your loved one.

November 10, 2013

The Blanco family: We know that you are all together, supporting one another in this difficult time of sadness and grief. Know that there are so many more that share your loss and are thinking of all of you. Each of us has a fond memory of this man and remembering the many sacrifices and contributions he made to both family and country will make these difficult times just a little easier. You are all with us in our prayers and thoughts. Bill and Ajka

Roxy Anderson

November 10, 2013

To the Blanco family I am so sorry for your loss. I am sorry not to be able to be there in Killee for the memorial but I am praying for you all.
I never really knew my uncle in a personal way but I will always remember the kindness he did for my mother,Gloria, his sister. He used his GI benifits to help us buy our house in CA when we lived next to Ester in Longbeach CA. I am grateful to him for his kindness extended to us. I will not forget him.

Wallace Family

November 10, 2013

Blanco Family,

Our thoughts are with your immediate and extended family as you deal with the loss of a loved one. He was a fighter till the very end and put his family & country second to none.

Take care & stay strong.

Scott and Irene Krzywonski

November 10, 2013

To the Blanco family, you are all in our prayers at this difficult time. May God bless the soul of your husband, father and grandfather.

November 10, 2013

The Blanco family are in our prayers and thoughts.
Walt and Cindy Carnes and Daniel, Amber and Madison Shalchi

Vicky DeSalvo

November 10, 2013

Dear Nancy,Theresa, Nancy, Martin, and Joe. Our hearts and prayers go out to your family. God bless all of you and your entire family. May God hold you and keep you and bless you. Love Vicky, Jordan, Brent and the Meineke family