ANGLETON – Jeronimo (Jerry) Arce Jr. of Angleton passed away on July 18, 2015, at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
Mr. Arce was born Oct. 18, 1942, in Mission to Jeronimo Sr. and Isaura Lopez Arce. After serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Charles R. Ware DD-865, he began his 28-year career working for the Texas Department of Corrections. He received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston. After retiring from TDC he began his second career working for the Brazoria County Probation Department as an adult probation officer for 10 years. He also worked as a bailiff at the Brazoria County Courthouse and was a volunteer for UTMB Auxiliary Department.
He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors, all from Angleton, include his wife of 48 years, Esperanza; daughter, Sandra Lopez; son, Oscar Arce; sibilings, Yolanda Ramirez of Pharr, Efrain Arce of Pharr, Richie Arce of Houston, Diana Ruiz of McAllen; and four grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 22, at Holy Trinity from 5 to 8 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. The funeral mass will be held Thursday, July 23, at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity with burial at Angleton Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Manuel Ramos, Balde Torres, Mike Avila, Joe González Froy Pérez, and Marco Ramirez. Honorary pallbearers are Chris Coale, Eddie Ramos, Brandon Lopez, Mikey Lopez, Rylan Arce, and Ashtyn Arce.
Memorial donations may be made in his name to Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church or St. Thomas Food Pantry, 1713 N. Tinsley, Angleton, TX 77515.