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Joe Richard Garcia Sr., 70, Chanute, passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at his residence.

Mass of Christian burial is planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the St. Patrick Cemetery. A rosary was planned for 6 p.m. Monday at the church. The family planned to receive friends 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, in the Parish Hall at St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Joe was born in Welda, Sept. 1, 1942, the son of Miguel and Senaida Garcia.

After graduating from Ottawa High School in 1960, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.

After serving his country, he met and married the love of his life, Gloria Bonilla. They were married July 24, 1965, in Chanute.

He retired from the Santa Fe Railroad where he worked as a switchman and brakeman. After he retired from the railroad, he worked for Hi-Lo Campers and was as a crossing guard in Chanute at the schools.

Joe was the boxing coach for the Chanute Boxing Club, an avid reader of westerns, a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and enjoyed fishing and woodworking. He loved spending time with family, especially taking his family on the yearly summer vacation.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his loyal companion, Sammy, his black lab.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria, of the home; two children, Melissa Garcia Thurman, Chanute, and Joe R. Garcia Jr., Chanute; two grandchildren, Michael Thurman and wife, Angie, Kerrville, Texas, and Ashley Garcia Thurman, Chanute; two great-grandchildren, Tiana Balestere and Ty Nicholas Thurman, both of Kerrville, Texas; six brothers, Mike Garcia Jr., Lawrence, Jessie Garcia, Ottawa, Hildo Garcia, Ottawa, Jimmy Garcia, Ottawa, Frank Garcia, Baldwin City, and Daniel Garcia, Ottawa; and two sisters, Senaida Larios, Ottawa, and Billie DeLaTorre, Ottawa.

Memorials in his name may be made to St. Patrick Catholic School and left with the funeral home. Penwell-Gabel Gibson Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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