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Sunset Memorial Park & Funeral Home

1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX

OBITUARY

Richard M. Garcia Sr.

December 3, 1928September 9, 2019

Richard M. Garcia, Sr. passed away to a better life on September 9, 2019 at the age of 90. Richard was a World War II Marine Corp Veteran, retired Army Reservist, and retired Civil Service Servant who retired in Corpus Christi in 1985. Richard lived a wonderful, active life and was a very giving person. He will be remembered by some for his impeccable penmanship and thoughtfulness of not forgetting to send a card for someone’s special occasion or celebration. Richard came from a long line of well-known musicians, including his father, Manuel, and uncles, Albeto (Beto was one of the Corpus Christi Texas Jazz Festival founders) and Rudy. As an accomplished trumpet player throughout much of his life, Richard was a part of a rich community of music. While in the Marine Corp Band, Richard performed in many USO shows alongside celebrity performers and at the White House. During his many years of performing, he played 2nd and 3rd chair in the Corpus Christi Symphony. He also played at the Yacht Club, Petroleum Club, Town Club, the Summer T-Head Concerts, Corpus Christi Country Club, Cole Park Amphitheater, the Annual Texas Jazz Festivals, and San Antonio Convention Center. Our home was always filled with sounds of music. He is preceded by his wife of 56 years, Rita M. Garcia. He is survived by his children, Richard M. Garcia, Jr., Cecilia “Cookie” Tijerina (Daniel), Mary Katherine “Katy” Fiel (Alexander), Melissa M. Garcia-Edwards; grandchildren, Nicholas Tijerina, Kristina Tijerina, Elijah Edwards, and Olivia Edwards. Visitation will be held at Sunset Funeral Home on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be at St. Francis of Assisi on Monday, September 23, 2019 at 9:30 a.m., with interment to follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery at 11:30 am. Followed by lunch with the family and friends. He will be missed by all.

  • FAMILY

  • He is preceded by his wife of 56 years, Rita M. Garcia. He is survived by his children, Richard M. Garcia, Jr., Cecilia “Cookie” Tijerina (Daniel), Mary Katherine “Katy” Fiel (Alexander), Melissa M. Garcia-Edwards; grandchildren, Nicholas Tijerina, Kristina Tijerina, Elijah Edwards, and Olivia Edwards

Services

22 September

Visitation

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sunset Funeral Home

1701 Austin Highway
San Antonio, TX 78218

22 September

Rosary Service

7:00 pm

Sunset Funeral Home

1701 Austin Highway
San Antonio, TX 78218

23 September

Funeral Service

9:30 am

St. Francis of Assisi

4201 De Zevala Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78249

23 September

Committal Service

11:30 am

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78209

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Richard M. Garcia Sr.

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John Shaffer

September 17, 2019

It was a pleasure being Richards neighbor. He was always sure to say hello and waive goodbye to my family. I'm going to miss our weekend conversations and seeing you drive your bicycle in the neighborhood also. Will miss you my friend.

Robert and Victoria Thonhoff

September 10, 2019

Dear Family of Richard Garcia,
With this letter, my wife Victoria and I convey our deepest sympathy to all the Family of Richard Garcia.
We came to know Richard when we first moved to San Antonio in 2012 and lived next door to Dan and Cookie Tijerina. It was always a special pleasure to meet and visit with Richard during his frequent visits with Dan and Cookie.
We were especially impressed to learn that he was veteran of the United States Marine Corps and was an accomplished musician with his trumpet. We knew him as a good man and a patriotic American.
Now Richard has finished his earthly sojourn and is in the arms of GOD, awaiting the rest of us.
May God bless, comfort and strengthen all of you as you carry on in his loving footprints.
Semper Fi!
Robert and Victoria Thonhoff
San Antonio, TX

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY