Guadalupe (Lupe) Garcia Jr. “El Ganzo”, 80, from San Antonio, died on November 18, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born September 20, 1940, in Eagle Pass to Guadalupe Garcia Sr. and Catalina Becerra Trejo.
Lupe is survived by six children, 16 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren, Maria Marta Mangrum and Allen of Milton, Washington, Jesse and April Mangrum, Sarah and Mario Gutierrez, Courtney Mangrum, Kaleb Mangrum, Neli Garcia and Kyle Hollis of Houston, Albert Garcia, Andres Garcia, Jace Garcia, Oscar Garcia and Viviane of Springfield, Oregon, Eric Garcia, Alex Garcia, Dahlia (Dolly) Rigsby and Mike of Helotes, Justin Cruz, Mikayla Rigsby, Nancy Gonzales of San Antonio, Mia Gonzales, Abram Gonzales, Debbie Ramon and Juan of San Antonio, Katia Ramon, Nathan Ramon and Emilia Ramon. He is also survived by two brothers Jose T. Garcia and spouse Lupita of Cotulla and Alejandro T. Garcia and spouse Melba and his beloved in-laws and multiple nephews and nieces.
Lupe married Maria Roman on May 30, 1959 in Cotulla and the couple of 62 years started their lives together as migrant workers. Lupe also worked at a plant nursery, road construction and retired as a truck driver.
Lupe had a grade school education which did not hold him back from learning and teaching himself over the years. He was an avid fisherman and his fishing gear collection was vast and included some of the best gear available that he bought at sports stores or flea markets. He was also a handyman that worked on bikes, lawnmowers, cars and pretty much anything with a motor. He was also handy in the home, repairing electricity, plumbing and doing all sorts of general construction. He operated heavy equipment at most of his jobs and taught himself English for the names of thousands of plants that helped his work at the nursery. At home, his green thumb could make anything grow and his flower garden or vegetable garden was always full.
He enjoyed the outdoors, cooking and barbecuing and was know for his borracho beans
Graveside services were held on Saturday, November 21 at 11 a.m. at the Cristo Rey Cemetery in Cotulla.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in memory of Lupe Garcia Jr. (El Ganzo) to the following: UH Foundation – Adult Health – TX Diabetes Institute Fund https://www.universityhealthsystem.com/suppo…/ways-to-give or Guadalupanas Society – Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Cotulla, Texas 78014.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Peters Funeral Home, Cotulla.