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LYFORD, TX - Salvador Villegas, Jr., entered into rest on February 17, 2012. Salvador was born on June 3, 1919 in Mission, Texas. During World War II he served in the motor transport division of Battery C, 343rd Field Artillery Battalion, 90th Infantry Division, U.S. Army. He fought in the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, throughout Northern France Rhineland, and Central Europe. He received several medals and commendations including the European African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, five Bronze Arrowheads, one Service Stripe, and three Overseas Service Bars. Upon his honorable discharge, he left the service with the rank of Sergeant and returned to the Rio Grande Valley where he joined the family business; Villegas and Sons Grocery in Raymondville. In 1950, Salvador married Julia Moreno and opened Villegas Grocery in Lyford.

A man of strong faith, he lived his life according to Matthew 25:40 “Whatsoever you do the least of my people, that you do unto me.” A longtime member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, he served on the Parish Council and Men’s Club where he was instrumental in the building of the current church.
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An eternal patriot and proud American citizen, Salvador continued his service to his country during the Vietnam War as a member of the draft board. He also held memberships in the Lyford Lion’s Club and Lyford High School Band Boosters in addition to the Stillman Water Cooperative Board and Lyford Volunteer Fire Department.

A devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he loved to spend time with his family and enjoyed celebrating in their life events and successes. An advocate of all levels of education and true believer in the American dream, he found great joy in the accomplishments of others, especially immigrants and first generation college students.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Salvador and Ana Rosales Villegas; his sister, Lydia Villegas Reyna and her husband, Beto; brother, Nicefero Villegas and his wife, Dora.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Julia Moreno Villegas; three brothers; Reynaldo Villegas and his wife, Francis; Rafael Villegas and his wife, Lucy; Hector Villegas and his wife, Irma. Three children; daughter, Irma Mondragon and her husband, Carlos; daughter, Nelda Villegas; and son, John Villegas. Three grandchildren; Lisa Franklin and her husband, Damian; Laura Mondragon and her husband, Joseph Opacki; and Brian Mondragon. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren; Meagan, Nayah, Brianne, Faith and Lyla; in addition to numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and fellow veterans.

The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff at Valley Baptist Medical Center and the Veteran’s Administration clinics of McAllen and Harlingen for the exceptional care provided over the years, as well as his health care provider Maria Felix.

Pallbearers for the service are as follows: Dr. Raul Aguilar, Eleazar “ Yogi” Garcia, Nick Villegas, Everett Bernal, Abel Cavazos and Cruz Salinas.

Honorary pallbearers: David Villegas, Adan Quilantan, Hector Gonzales, Eddie Chapa and Joe Aparicio.

Rosary was recited February 19, 2012, at 7 p.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church located on Park Avenue, Lyford.

Mass was celebrated on Monday, February 20, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church to be followed by a burial at the Lyford Evergreen Cemetery with military rites offered by the American Legion Post #390 and V.F.W. Post 6719.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you honor Salvador Villegas’ faith and respect for education by making donations to Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1100 Park Avenue, P.O. Box 460 and or Lyford CISD, P.O. Drawer 220, Lyford, Texas 78569.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home, 604 W. Hidalgo, Raymondville, TX 78580, (956) 689-2151.

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