James O. Lera, 89, of Galveston, passed away Saturday, November 3, 2007, at his residence.
The family will receive visitors after 6:00 pm, Friday, November 9th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. An Elks Memorial Service, led by Galveston Lodge #126, will be held at 7:00 pm.
James was born February 1, 1918, in Galveston. He served in the US Coast Guard aboard the USS Lansing during World War II, participating in both the African and European Theaters. James worked as a fireman for the City of Galveston for many years. He loved to fish, was a member of the Galveston Elks Lodge, VFW, and was known for the amazing butterflies he created and handed out all over the area. James was a genuine BOI, and touched many lives and will be missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his son, Thomas James Lera; and his brother, O.J. (Duggy) Lera.
James is survived by his daughter, Patricia Ann Lera; grandchildren: Jennifer Marie Auzston; Betty Jane Auzston; Michael Kendrick Elsemore; and Patrick James Auzston; great grandchildren: Michelle Nicole Auzston; Austin Kendrick Elsemore; and Destiny Marie Oldham; nephew, Harry Lera; niece, Margaret Lera Lagrone; sister-in-law, Luke Lera; cousins: Ben (Totsie) Lera; Joan Lera Corn; Connie Olin Lape; and Donald Ray Hutchings; special friends at the Galveston Elks Lodge and VFW, which were James’ second homes; and numerous other relatives and friends.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to his caregiver, Betty Auzston and Lee Young, as well as the group of beautiful nurses at Memorial Hermann Hospice and Hospice Care Team, Inc.