MISSION – Encarnacion S. “Chon Wito” Lopez passed away on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at McAllen Medical Center.
Mr. Lopez was born on Oct. 5, 1929, in La Reforma. He served his nation in Korea from 1950 to 1952 and received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Korea Services Medal. When he returned, he worked as a roustabout in the oilfields.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Maria Graciela Garza Lopez; children, Santiago Lopez, Belinda Gonzalez, Dora Zamora and Maria Lopez; and two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Santiago Lopez and Rosenda Salinas Lopez, and siblings, Santos Lopez and Herminia Requenez.
A funeral mass was held on Jan. 3 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Burial followed at Valley Memorial Gardens in McAllen. Military honors will be provided by VFW Post #8788 in McAllen. Pallbearers will be his nephews, Harold III, Ricardo and Mario Requenez and Ramiro, David and Daniel Lopez.