He is survived by his daughters, Elva Gonzales of Runge and Cynthia Rodriguez of Pettus; sons, Frank Contreras of Runge, David Contreras of San Antonio, and Hector Ramirez of Chino, Calif.; 5 sisters, Sylvia Perry of Victoria, Mary Jane Jaramillo of La Vernia, Rosalinda Alaniz of Dallas, Janie Contreras of Kenedy, Josephina Garcia of Brownfield; 1 brother, Rogelio Contreras of Victoria; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and 2 sisters, Carmen Reyna and Susana Garcia.
A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at Eckols Chapel, Kenedy. The Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 19, 2012 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, with Rev. Norbert Hermann officiating. Burial followed at Loma Alta Cemetery in Kenedy.