Joe A. Palacio Sr.
Joe A. Palacio Sr., 86, of Garden City, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at High Plains Retirement Village in Lakin.
He was born Nov. 10, 1926, in Swink, Colo., to Carmen and Benita Palacio.
On May 16, 1948, he married Guadalupe D. "Lupe" Duran in La Junta, Colo. She died Dec. 4. 2005. He also was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Mike and Salvador Palacio; three sisters, Adelina Pantoya, Mary De La Riva and Blanche Jimenez; and a grandson.
Mr. Palacio worked at the sugar beet factory in La Junta. In the 1950s, he and his wife moved to the Garden City area, where he worked as a farm laborer. He began working at Farmland Industries in the 1970s and also worked for the Garden City Co-op and the State of Kansas. He retired in 1992.
Mr. Palacio was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Garden City. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, building things with wood, working on old cars, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include five sons, Joe Palacio Jr. of Pearland, Texas, and Louis, Robert, Art and Anthony Palacio, all of Garden City; three daughters, Sandra Herrada of Garden City, Gloria Garcia of Grand Junction, Colo., and Samantha Sanchez of Ulysses; four sisters, Pauline Guerrero, Josie Romero and Rosie Munoz, all of La Junta, and Ramona Sanchez of West Virginia; 17 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
A rosary will begin at 7:30 tonight at St. Mary Catholic Church in Garden City. Funeral Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, in care of the funeral home, 412 N. Seventh St., Garden City, KS 67846.