Facundo Q. Tovar, 91, of Alpine and Harlingen, Texas, entered into eternal rest surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, August 1, 2015.
Facundo was born in Imperial, Texas in 1923 and grew up in Terlingua and Alpine, Texas. In 1941, Facundo served one year with the Civilian Conservation Corps., specifically building roads, trails, and cabins at the Big Bend National Park. In 1943, he was drafted into the united States Army and served as a gunner and guard with the 3rd Infantry Division during World War II, European Theater of Operations. His decorations included the Bronze Star, American Theater Ribbon, EAME campaign ribbon, Good conduct medal, Victory Ribbon, and two Overseas Bars.
After his military service, Facundo settled in Harlingen, Texas and married Teresa Guerra, he was a step father to three children and had five children. He was employed with the Lewis Electric Company for 20 years and then moved to Chicago, Ill and worked for the Republic Steel Corporation for an additional 15 years. After his retirement from Republic Steel Corp. in 1986 he returned back to Alpine, Texas where he resided until 2007 at which time he then moved back to Harlingen to be with his adult children and grandchildren.
Facundo is preceded in death by his beloved parents: Regino Tovar and Irene Tovar-Morales; uncle, Narcisso Quistiano, sisters, Juanita Miranda, Francisca Tovar, Nieves Hernandez, Anna Cleta M. Rubio, Crecensiana M. Espinoza and his nephew Ricardo Morales.
He is survived by his children Pilar Tovar, Isabel Fernandez, Irene Tovar-Garcia of Harlingen, Chico (Daisy) Tovar, of San Antonio, and Esmeralda (Richard) Rocha of Richardson, Texas. Also, fifteen grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The Tovar family extends our love and gratitude to his granddaughter, Jennifer Lincoln, who so livingly and compassionately cared for him on a daily basis during his lengthy illness.
Facundo requested that upon his passing he be returned back to his beautiful hometown of Alpine and be laid to rest next to his beloved mother, Ms. Irene Tovar-Morales whom he loved and missed dearly. His family proudly honors his final wishes and asks for family and old friends to join them in welcoming and celebrating their father, Facundo Tovar's life and return back home to beautiful Alpine, Texas.
Visitation for the immediate family will be held at the Alpine Memorial Funeral Home on Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 11:00 am - 3:00 p.m. with a recitation of the Holy Rosary to be held at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church.
A mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. with interment and Military Honors to follow at the Holy Angels cemetery in Alpine, Texas.
Honored to be his pallbearers are: Grandsons; Jonathan Rocha and Stephen Garcia, Nephew Jose Montez, Great-grandnephews Michael Morales, Jason Morales, Mathew Espinoza and Honorary pallbearer Andrew Morales.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Heavenly Grace Funeral Home of La Feria, Texas and Alpine Memorial Funeral Home of Alpine, Texas.