Nick B. Herrera
March 31, 1925 – May 6, 2020
Nick B. Herrera went to be with the Lord on May 6, 2020 at the age of 95. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas to his parents, the late Nicholas and Elvira Herrera. He was born the only son of 8 siblings; all girls. His father was a WWI veteran and had passed away when he was 14 yrs. His childhood was short lived since he was the man of the household to help his mother. At the age of 17, he could not join the Navy without his mother’s consent so waited until the age of 18 to join the Army. He joined the 6th Army - 781st Engineers and was stationed at Finschafen, Hollandia New Guinea Leyte, Luzon Philippines, Yokohama, and Japan (occupied forces).
He is preceded in death by his parents; his sons, Nick Brian Herrera and Mark Steven Herrera; and his sisters, Tilly Gonzales, Susie Gill, Josefina Rodriguez, Sophie Ovalle and Esther Garcia.
Nick leaves his memory to his beloved wife, Nancy W. Herrera; his sisters, Margaret Mueller, and Rose Marie Armenta and husband Carlos; his daughters, Sylvia Herrera, Elizabeth Smart and husband Brad, and Debra Samano; his step-children, Rudolph Guy Cortez, Paul Cortez, and Yvonne Sczepanik and husband Patrick; his grandchildren, Robert Cañedo and wife Amber, John Thomas Samano, Kelly Samano, Derek Mora and wife Cassandra, Shawn Mora, Alyssa Garza and husband Josh, and Bethanny Sczepanik; a great-granddaughter, Lily Reign, who was affectionately known as “Nick’s little Angel” and born on his last birthday on March 31, 2020; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Nick, alongside with his wife Nancy, dedicated most of his life as an active participant and volunteered his service as lifetime member with several organizations such as the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) from Oct. 4, 1945 to May 6, 2020. He was the founder/member of VFW Post 9186 (along with others) and served as the VFW representative to the Audie L Murphy’s VA Hospital VAVS (Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services) for 26 years.
He also served the American Legion as a life member of 38 years (ending his service with Post 0579) and as past Commander during his life membership of 39 years with the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 25.
Nick was a member of Master Mason of Nat M. Washer No. 1270 for 52 years, Amistad 1115, Member of the Order of Eastern Star, and member of the Alzafar Shriners. Nick belonged to the Kelly AFB Retirees Breakfast Club.
On Nov. 2001, Nick received a 20 year Medal of Service from the Selective Service System and on Feb. 27, 2011 was honored with the Four Legion of Honor Award from “The Chapel of Four Chaplains”. Served 6 years as Secretary to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, at Divine Providence Catholic Church. He retired from Kelly AFB as section Chief over 38 years.
Due to current restrictions in place by the city, county and state, the services for Mr. Herrera will be limited to 90 people at one time at the Divine Providence Catholic Church – 5667 Old Pearsall Rd. 78242 – on Thursday, May 28. The Visitation will begin at 5 PM, with a Rosary to be recited at 6:30 PM and Mass to follow at 7 PM. Face coverings will be required during all services. The Interment at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery will be an intimate service at a later date.
The family would like to express sincere gratitude to all the family, friends, care providers and the staff at New Century Hospice for the care, attention and comfort they all gave to Nick and his family.
La familia le agradece a toda la familia, amigos y proveedores de atención médica que brindaron atención y consuelo a Nick y su familia en su momento de necesidad.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Nick B. Herrera
Dennis Garcia Se
May 29, 2020
Uncle Nick you are our American Hero, World War II Veteran. You are Loved and will be missed. Say hello to your Sisters, my (Mom) Esther and Aunt’s: Tillie, Faye, Josie, Sue.
As bad as this may sound, I’m sure when they get together it will be a joyous occasion.
Dennis Garcia Sr TSgt, USAF, Ret
May 23, 2020
My fondest memory of uncle Nick was when I was only a young child, we would go visit our cousins and Aunt Rachel, Uncle Nick would be working in his work shop, he was always building something. I remember his smile. May he forever rest in peace. My condolences to his family.
May 20, 2020
I worked in Nuclear Weapons at KAFB in the shipping and receiving transportation area. As a restricted area we had our own wood mill. There were times when we would get a special request to ship an uncommon item with specific measurements in lumber and specific packing materiel. When it was not on hand at our wood mill or the warehouse for ordering we would always turn to Nick for support. He was always there for the Mission. He was a can do attitude individual always willing to give a helping hand. RIP Mr. Herrera and Thank you for your Service, go with God. Prayers out to Nancy and family.
May 17, 2020
I only knew Nick for a short time but was blessed by his friend ship.
He helped me understand the workings of Bldg 375 and how to get things done in that environment. He was always available to accept any challenge that would help the mission.
May God Bless Nick.
May 15, 2020
I first met Nick when I came to Kelly in 1971. I was a young engineer in Aircraft Division. We were always having to get the woodmill to make things for us. One day while I was at the woodmill asking to get something manufactured, he pulled me aside and sat me down in his office. He gave me advice on "how to get things done at Kelly". I will always remember that conservation. We became even better friends with my association with him in The Federal Managers Association. We will miss you. Herb
May 14, 2020
I remember Nick well, he was our neighbor when I was young. Great carpenter. He made all my furniture for my bedroom built in. Also got to work with him at Kelly AFB where he was Supervisor of Woodmill Shop and redid our offices and made me several items for my desk. Great and like able person. Will be missed. My condolences to the family.