Funeral services for (Ret) MSG Juan Estrada, 92, of Killeen will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday at Harper-Talasek Funeral Chapel with Weldon Hicks officiating.
Burial will be 1:00 pm Friday at Old Palestine Cemetery in Alto, Texas.
Juan Estrada was born at Bryan, Brazos County, Texas on June 7, 1927. His parents were Bernardino Estrada and Magdelena Arensas. He was a graduate of Santa Barbara High School, Santa Barbara, California Class of 1950. He obtained an Associate of Arts Degree from Central Texas College in 1974 and BS Degree from American Technological University Killeen in 1977.
He returned from Vietnam on February 1, 1967 and settled in Killeen. He retired from the military after 23 years of service at Fort Hood Texas on July 1, 1968 with the rank of Master Sergeant. His awards and decorations include the World War II Victory Medal. The Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the China Service Medal, two Bronze Stars for service in Korea and Vietnam, two Army Commendations Medals, five awards of the Army Good Conduct Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, the Korean Service Medal with two battle stars, the Vietnam Service Medal with two battle stars, the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean and united States Presidential Unit Citations, Korean War Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign with 1960 Device and the Gallantry Cross with palm unit Citation.
Upon his retirement he worked briefly for the Killeen Postal Service and later entered the Real Estate Brokerage Field until his demise.
Survivors include wife Connie Torres Estrada of Killeen, TX, her children- Norma Denham, Nannette Preston (Don), daughter in-law Mary Torres, 7 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Also survived by his daughters Karen (David) Pittman of Flower Mound, TX, Karla Deibert (William) of Highland Village, TX, sons John Kenneth Estrada of Georgetown, TX, Joseph Estrada (Theresa) of Houston, TX, Grandsons Kenneth John Estrada (Casey) of Midland, TX, Granddaughter Mollie Morgan Estrada of Georgetown, TX, Daniel James Estrada of Killeen, TX, Great Granddaughters Ava Marie and Olivia Kensey Estrada of Midland, TX.
Mr. Estrada was of the Baptist Faith and a member of the Trimmer Baptist Church for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Daisy May Young Estrada, a son James Keith Estrada, and a brother, Bernardo Estrada.
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