Funeral services for Rafael Nieto Sr., 92, of Rockdale were held Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale.
Mr. Nieto died Saturday, July 27, in Central Texas Veterans Hospital in Temple.
He was born on June 21, 1921, in Rockdale to Evaristo and Juanita (Almazan) Nieto.
He married Florence Garza on April 12, 1947, in Rockdale.
Mr. Nieto has lived in Rockdale since 1992, when he returned from Bryan where he had lived from 1950 to 1992.
While in Bryan he was a mechanic’s helper for International Harvester Farm Equipment and retired in 1982.
Mr. Nieto served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Victory Medal, European-Asian- Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, American Defense Service with a Bronze Star, Asiatic- Pacific Campaign Medal with a Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge.
Mr. Nieto was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Rebecca Nieto and Florence Nieto; a brother, Heraclio Nieto; and three sisters, Noemi Cervantes, Lydia Rivera and Maria Nieto.
Survivors are his wife, Florence Nieto of Rockdale; five sons, Rafael Nieto Jr. of Bryan, Frank Nieto of San Antonio, Reuben Nieto and Joseph Nieto, both of Rockdale, Jonathan Nieto of Bryan; a daughter, Rosemary Nieto of Rockdale; 11 grandchildren, Rafael III, Sonia, Roseanna, Amber, Corey, Reuben Jr, Leah, Lauren, Julianna, Sophia and Sarah Nieto; and three great-grandchildren, Adrian, Kobe and Maykala Nieto.