Mr. Contreras was born on Oct. 23, 1921, in Beeville to Diego and Elvira (Salinas) Contreras. He worked for Bee Furniture Store for many years and retired as foreman from Bee County under the late commissioner Adam V. Gonzales. He was a WW II veteran and a Purple Heart recipient. He was also awarded the the Bronze Star, Infantry Badge, Army Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Foreign Service American Defense Medal, European African Medal, Eastern Campaign Medal and the Honorable Service Lapel Button.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Diego and Elvira Contreras; his wife, Jesusita M. Contreras; a son, Francisco Contreras; three brothers, Arturo, Baltazar and Gaspar Contreras; and three sisters, Natalia Lopez, Esperanza Loya and Dee Dee Maldonado.
Survivors include two daughters, Rosa Contreras of Houston and Linda (Martin) Garza of Beeville; two sons, Elisar Contreras Jr. of Brownsville and Juan Contreras of Rosenberg; three step-sons, Joe Richard (Margarita) Gomez of San Antonio, Ruben (Leticia) Gomez of Fort Worth and Antonio (Balentina) Gomez of Beeville; two sisters, Amelia Franco of Mathis and Rosie Lopez of Beeville; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Treviño Funeral Home. The funeral service was conducted there at 10 o’clock on Monday with Joe Richard Gomez and Joe Zuniga officiating. Burial followed at Evangelico Cemetery in Beeville with full military honors.
Pallbearers were Joe Richard Ramirez, Joe Richard Gomez Jr., John Edward Gomez Jr., Antonio P. Gomez Jr., Joseph Torres and Antonio Gomez.
Treviño Funeral Home