Cruz R. McGuire entered into rest on May 5, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born in Marfa, Texas on Feb. 12, 1938 to Cruz S. and Rebecca R. McGuire. He spent his childhood years in Marfa and Marathon, Texas.
He joined the U.S. Army in October 1957, and married Marie Gloria Cordova on Nov. 27, 1958 in Marathon.
He loved the military, and was very proud to be a veteran. He had served on the 82nd Airborne and First Cavalry divisions during his time in the Army. He served tours of duty in Germany, Korea, and, last of all, Panama. He was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas with the First Cavalry Division during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, and participated in the preparations for a confrontation between Russia and the U.S. He left the Army in 1964 after serving seven years. He was a very proud supporter of the military all his life, and felt that the military was a good option for anyone.
After he left the Army, he worked at several jobs in Alpine, Texas before moving to Del Rio, Texas in 1971. There, he became a park ranger at Lake Amistad, and later became a patrol officer for the legacy U.S. Customs from 1974-1985, an investigator from 1985-1989, and ended his career as a special agent from 1989-1994. He spent his adult life in law enforcement, and served the community and the government with integrity, dedication, and pride.
He was preceded in death by his father, Cruz S. McGuire, his son, Cruz C. McGuire, and his sister-in-law, Teresa Valero.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marie Gloria McGuire; his mother, Rebecca McGuire; his siblings Israel McGuire and Mary Garcia (Isabel); his children, daughter Erlinda McGuire Rios (Luis), sons Gilbert Scott McGuire (Maria), and Richard McGuire; grandchildren Juan Rios, Veronica Rios Garcia (Jeff), Andrea Rebecca Mendoza (Luis), Mayra Rios, Cruz Patrick McGuire (Claudia), Azure Marie McGuire, Jessica McGuire, Antonio Joel McGuire, Micaela McGuire, Sara McGuire, Jake McGuire, Oliver McGuire, and Mallorie McGuire; great grandchildren Noxy, Christina and Christian Mendoza, Sloane Garcia, Jaylene, Tiana and Aurora McGuire, and Charlie and Stevie Mogilski; and numerous nephews and nieces that he loved very much. He is also survived by many close family friends that he loved, Mia Smith, Aurora Cardenas, Dolores Ortiz, Thelma Anguiano, Angie Zaragosa, and Dora Sanchez.
He loved to have his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews around him, and always had one-liners to say to them. He taught them to swim, water-ski, ride horses, golf, hunt, camp, and anything that involved the outdoors. He will be missed dearly, but left many memories that will live on forever.
Visitation was held on May 8, 2020 at Sunset Memorial Oaks Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial was held on May 8, 2020, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Oaks Cemetery.
Visit the website at sunsetfuneralhomes.com, and sign the online guestbook. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Sunset Memorial Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery in Del Rio, 830-778-2020.