Louis F. Garcia, 85, of Galveston, passed away at home on Monday, September 5, 2011. He was born in Galveston on September 15, 1925, to Luis and Angelita Garcia. Louis enlisted in and proudly served in the US Army during World War II, from 1943 until 1946. He received combat training in Texas, North Carolina, and Indiana, where he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry badge, and Sharp-Shooters badge. Louis served in the European Theatre, including Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, and in the Ardennes as part of the 106th Infantry Division during the Battle of the Bulge. During his overseas service, Louis was awarded the American Theatre Campaign Medal, the EAME Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and the World War II Victory Medal.
After the war hostilities, Louis served with the Military Police in parts of LeHarve and the Antwerp. In 1952 he started work with Strachan Shipping Company as a documents and boarding clerk, later moving to Operations Manager and then Traffic Manager. He retired in 1986 as Office Manager. During his career in the Maritime industry, Louis served on the Board of Directors of the West Gulf Maritime Association, serving two terms as its Chairman. He also served on the Board of Governors of the Propeller Club and the Port of Galveston, serving as its President in 1994-1995.
Louis was a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica and later, St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, and then Holy Family Parish. He was a member of the Propeller Club of Galveston and a lifetime, forty-year member of Galveston Elks Lodge #126. Before his health failed, Louis enjoyed playing golf and deer hunting.
Louis was preceded in death by his parents, Luis and Angelita Garcia-Montellano; sister, Irma Garcia; and his first wife, Helen Toomey-Garcia.
He is survived by his wife, Velma Jean Munoz-Garcia; step-daughter, Sr. Noel Toomey, O. P. of New Orleans, LA; brothers, Ernest Garcia and wife, Clara, of San Antonio, and Tony Garcia of Galveston; and numerous other extended family and friends.
Mr. Garcia’s family will receive visitors from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, Wednesday, September 7th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. An Elks Memorial Service will be held at 6:45 pm and a rosary will conclude the evening at 7:00 pm, led by Deacon Sam Dell’Olio.
Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Thursday, September 8th, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial to follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Galveston.
Pallbearers will be Tony Garcia, Mikey Pearson, J. Corey Pearson, Jason Maldonado, Danny Weber, and Joseph Estrada.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Armstrong, Clarence Cantini, and Jesse Ramirez.
Mr. Garcia’s family would like to extend special thanks to family and friends who shared their time, help, love and prayers with Louis over the years of his illness. We are truly filled with grateful appreciation to Hospice Care Team for all of their compassionate care. May our Lord bless you all.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, 5660 Bancroft Drive, New Orleans, LA 70122; or The Salvation Army, 2228 Broadway, Galveston, TX 77550.