MISSION – Simplicio Alaniz, 96, passed away at his residence Thursday, April 13, with his family by his bedside.
Simplicio was a life-long resident of Mission, Texas. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1941 and participated in many campaigns in the European theater of war during World War II. He was a member of the VFW-Post 8788.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Maria R. Alaniz, his son Manuel(Glenda) Alaniz and daughters Maria Anita Alaniz and Sylvia Alaniz; granddaughters Jennifer R. (Eugenio) Milla and Lisa A. (Bardo) Perez; great grandchildren Camila G. Heredia, Eugenio A. Milla and Bardo Giovanni Perez; his brother Gregorio Alanis and sisters Maria Mata and Belia Dickerson. Simplicio was preceded in death by a son, Simplicio Alaniz, Jr.; parents Dario and Benigna Alanis, uncle and aunt Manuel and Librada Perez, who adopted him as a child; step-father Luis Villarreal; brothers Pedro, Rafael, Bartolo, Manuel; and his sisters Luisa Partida and Aurelia Pena. The family would like to express their profound gratitude to the entire staff at Compassionate Care Hospice of Mission. A special thank you to Gregoria (Goya) Flores, his caregiver. Holy Rosary will be recited at 9:00 a. m., followed by Mass at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 20st at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission, Texas. Mr. Alaniz will be laid to rest at the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery located at 2520 South Inspiration Road, Mission, Texas.
In lieu of flowers the family requests you make donations to your favorite charity. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Ric Brown Funeral Home in Mission.