Frank Reil Vera, 79, of De Leon, passed from this life into the arms of his Lord and Savior Saturday, June 1, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 24, 1939, in San Antonio, Texas to Ysac and Madeline Reil Vera. He was united in marriage to Mary Luna on April 15, 1961, in Natalia, Texas.
Frank lived in the De Leon community most of his life. Frank was employed as a mechanic and worked at Burnett Automotive for several years before opening Frank’s Garage. After closing his garage, he worked at Dodd Auto Parts before retiring in 2002.
Frank’s family was the center of his life and he loved spending time with them. He loved to laugh, joke and tease those he knew and loved. Frank loved sweets of all kinds but banana pudding was his favorite. He enjoyed hiding the pudding bowl from his grandkids at holidays. After lots of teasing and laughter, he would always share. He also loved to make hot sauce. He would attempt to keep a straight face and say, “Try it, it’s not hot” then laugh because indeed, it was very hot but delicious. He always looked forward to Easter, when he could smash confetti eggs on each grandkid’s head. All of his grandchildren were amazed at his speed and agility; he could get away from you but you couldn’t get away from him.
He enjoyed gardening and spending time outdoors with his animals. He raised bottle calves, cows, chickens, goats, cats and dogs. He had a way with animals and spoiled all of his pets. He especially loved his goat, Bambi, and his faithful dog, Buddy.
He and Mary were long time members of the Assembly of God Church. Frank was saved and attended church faithfully with Mary when his health allowed. He would light up when speaking of God’s grace, healings he had received, sermons, songs, and his brothers and sisters in Christ whom he attended church with. He held a special place in his heart for Adonna Otwell, and treasured her friendship, messages, and songs.
Frank is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 58 years, Mary Vera; daughter and son-in-law, Ruby and Ron De Haan; grandchildren, Kimberly and Lance Lampman, Tiara and Jason Stewart, Ashley and Clay Young, Clint and Kayla Vera, and Josh and Sydney Patterson; great-grandchildren, Eric and Brooke Lampman, Cody Lampman, Lynli Lampman, Kristen Stewart, Katie Stewart, Kacey Stewart, Peyton Young, Rylie Young, Wyatt Young, Kaydence Vera, Kylie Vera, Johnny Patterson and Kasen Patterson and his new great-great grandson, McLane Lampman; brothers, George and Millie Vera, Rick and Sherry Vera; sister, Linda Rodriguez and sister in law, Connie Vera; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and other extended family.
His children, Frank Jr., Hope, and Michael were waiting for him in Heaven along with his parents, Ysac and Madeline Vera; parents-in-law, Manuel and Betsy Luna; siblings, Johnny, Mary Lerma, Angie Reyes, Virginia, Tony, Anita, Daniel, Isabell McLearen, and Higino.
Funeral services celebrating Frank’s life will be held Friday, June 7, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church, De Leon with Dr. Adonna Otwell and Pastor Randy Munter officiating. Graveside services will follow in De Leon Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are his grandsons, Lance Lampman, Eric Lampman, Cody Lampman, Wyatt Young, Clint Vera and Josh Patterson. Honorary pallbearers are Joe Burnett, Dennis Otwell, Refugio Pacheco, Gilbert Lerma, Danny Vera, Tony Garcia, Don Fielder and Mike Hannah.
The Vera family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8:00 p.m. at Nowlin Anders Funeral Home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Assembly of God church, 6360 Hwy 16, De Leon, in memory of Frank. Condolences may be offered online at www.nowlinandersfh.com.