Rafael C. “Tiger” Mendoza, Sr., 88, of Galveston, passed away Friday, June 5, 2009, at Cornerstone Hospital in Webster, TX.
Funeral service will be 10:00 am, Monday, June 8th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home with Rev. Hector Medina officiating. Burial will follow the service at Lakeview Cemetery.
The family will receive visitors after 5:00 pm, Sunday, June 7th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will be held at 6:00 pm, led by Deacon Henry Herrera.
Tiger was born January 17, 1921, in Galveston, TX. He worked as a mechanic for Byron Everts Ace Music Company and Henry Mathis, working on many pinball machines and juke boxes. His hobbies included target shooting, carpentry, crossword puzzles, doodling, puzzles, and fishing. He was also a loyal Dallas Cowboy fan and could often be found playing Bingo at the Senior Center. Tiger was a lifetime NRA member.
He was preceded in death by his siblings: Mary Mendoza, Jaime Mendoza, Amparo Colunga, Lee Mendoza, Carlos Mendoza, Margaret Cavasos, and Antonio Mendoza.
Tiger is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lela Mendoza, of Galveston; daughters, Maricela Ramos and husband, Roberto, of San Antonio; and Gloria Ramos and husband, Jose, of Brownsville; son, Rafael C. Mendoza, Jr. and wife, Imelda, of Galveston; brother, Robert Mendoza, of Galveston; sister, Adela “Nini” Duran, of Clear Lake; brother-in-law, Bunte Cavasos; grandchildren: Chris Hernandez and wife, Monica; Ana Guerra; Audra Hernandez, Vanessa Ramos, Veronica Ramos, Cristina Mendoza, Rafael C. Mendoza, III; Jose Ramos, Jr. and wife Anai; and Carlos Mendoza; great grandchildren: Anthony Garza, Ashley Garza, Aaron Garza, Yesel Bochas, Patrick Puga, Alexi Garza, and Matthew C. Mendoza.
Pallbearers will be Rafael C. Mendoza, III; Carlos Mendoza; Anthony Garza; Randy Davis; Bobby Mendoza; and Roberto Ramos. Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Diaz de Leon, Sr., Tommy Morris, and Artemio Mercado.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the doctors and staff of Mainland Medical Center and Cornerstone Hospital for their compassionate care.
Memorials may be made in Tiger’s name to Shriner’s Burn Hospital of Galveston.