Sgt. Genaro "Ace" Alvarado
Genaro Alvarado, 69, passed away Friday, December 01, 2017 at Kindred Hospital in Clear Lake. Born June 04, 1948, in Mission, Texas to Pedro and Ricarda Alvarado, Genaro attended Hitchcock High School and was drafted to the United States Army in 1968. He served honorably in the First Infantry Division known as the "Big Red One" and fought in the Vietnam Conflict from March 11, 1968 – March 10, 1970 stationed in the areas of Quan Loi, Lai Khe and An Lôc as a Sergeant in the First Engineer Battalion known as the "Diehards". He spoke often of the hardships of armed combat and strife of witnessing death on the battlefield as a Combat Engineer. Upon his return home, Genaro became a carpenter/engineer/architect through apprenticeship. He enjoyed watching sports, trying his luck at sports gambling and lottery tickets, playing the guitar, collecting coins, playing cards, and most especially listening to classic country music while enjoying a cold one…or two…or many. He was a patriot that loved his country and relished any opportunity to spend time at the VFW. He enjoyed life and lived it on his own terms.
Preceded in death by his brother, Pedro Alvarado Jr. (Sunny), and father, Pedro Alvarado Sr.
He is survived by his son, Genaro Alvarado Jr., daughter in law, Brenda D. Alvarado, and grandsons, Genaro Alvarado III and Osiris Alvarado of Los Angeles, California; daughter, Sandra Lopez, granddaughter, Jaquelyn Lopez, grandsons, Fernando Lopez and Roberto Lopez of Galveston, Texas; mother, Ricarda “Rita” Alvarado of Hitchcock, Texas; former spouse, Irma Lopez of Galveston, Texas; sister, Josie Soto of Hitchcock, Texas; brother Candido H. Alvarado and sister in law, Dr. Carol K. Alvarado of Houston, Texas; sister, Dr. M. Irma Alvarado and brother in law Dr. J. Clay Copher of Gainesville, Georgia; sister, Rosie Alvarado of Jacksonville, Florida; brother Robert Alvarado of Los Angeles, California; sister, Elizabeth Alvarado-McVey and brother in law, Douglas McVey of New Braunfels, Texas; brother, Andrew Alvarado and sister in law, Lorilei Alvarado of Hitchcock, Texas; sister, Jennifer D. Alvarado of Los Angeles, California; 18 nieces and nephews, 22 great nieces and nephews, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins, all with whom he shared a special bond.
Pallbearers include Genaro Alvarado Jr., Candido Alvarado, Robert Alvarado, Andrew Alvarado, Robert Aaron Soto and Genaro Alvarado III. Honorary bearers include Moses Lopez, Ramon Adam Soto and Edward D. Alvarado-McVey.
The family will greet guests on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 from 10-11:00 am with Funeral Services to follow at Carnes Funeral Home in Texas City, Texas (I-45). Internment will take place after services at Grace Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas (Hwy 6).
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