OBITUARY

Benito Ruiz Esparza

May 5, 1942June 8, 2017
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Sgt. Benito Ruiz Esparza, 2nd Battalion Airborne was born May 05, 1942 and has passed away from this physical body to a spiritual one to be with our Lord, Jesus Christ in heaven. He was married to his wonderful wife for 53 years, graduated from Collins Garden Elementary and Luther Burbank High School in 1963. He was married to Eva Martinez in 1963, was drafted and was in Vietnam from 1967-1968. He worked at the H.E.B warehouse from 1969-1983, worked for the U.S Postal Service and retired from 1983-2008. He played with Mike and the Del Reys in the 60’s; he was the silver saxophone player. In Vietnam he was awarded the Bronze Star with a V-Device, the Army Commendation Metal, the Air Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and National Defense Service Medal. He had five children whom he loved very much; Edward, Annette, Eva, Cynthia and Jesse, grandsons; Danny, Eric, Angel, & granddaughter; Alexis and 11 great grandchildren. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Hwy, San Antonio, Texas with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. that same evening. A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church with Interment to follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

  • Rosary

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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CSM (Ret) Harold Hunt Sr.

June 29, 2017

On behalf of the Corps....Thank you for you service. Rest easy, sleep well my brother. Know the line was held, your job is done. Rest easy, sleep well. Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held. Peace, peace, and farewell

Mary De La Garza

June 15, 2017

My deepest heartfelt condolences to the Family of my Uncle Benito R. Esparza. My parents Ray & Mary Esparza raised Benny from a very young age after their mother passed away @ a very young age. Benny & his older sister Yolanda Esparza Morales & brother Gilbert Esparza were raised by my parents. My older sister Tina Esparza Serna & brother Johnny Esparza & I considered Benny, Yolanda & Gilbert more like brothers & sister. We all grew up together. They loved my parents very much! I will miss him dearly! He is now w/my parents & other loving family members that have passed on in the heavens above. We love you Benny! May you R.I.P.
Always ~ Mary Esparza De La Garza

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