Manuel B. Vidaurri Sr. passed from this world surrounded by his family on Tuesday, September 13, 2011.
A direct descendent of Tomas Sanchez, the founder of Laredo, and Juan Antonio Vidaurri, he was very proud of his heritage and his family. A true American War Hero, he served under General George S. Patton. At 19 years of age he found himself on the beaches of Normandy on an all Mexican American tank battery. After being bogged down in a peach grove under heavy fire for days the third Army broke out on Operation Cobra and raced across France in the summer and fall of 1944. Fighting at the Battle of the Bulge the Army endured cold and hunger and heavy fighting and pushed north to relieve the 101st Airborne Division at Bastoge. Crossing the Rhine River they pushed into the industrial heartland of Germany and Hitler’s 3rd Reich. Running out of gas prevented the 3rd Army from liberating Berlin. The 3rd Army’s job was then to guard the German and Spanish Prisoners of War and helping to free our American Prisoners of War. After VE day, he found himself in Paris preparing to endure a month long embarkation to the pacific theatre of war, at which time the war ended. After the war, he used 300 dollars from his war salary to create his business, Vidaurri Trucking, with his brothers. He used his Army training with tanks for his heavy equipment business. He later started Manuel Vidaurri and Son Trucking. His family brought him great joy in his later life.
He is preceded in death by his father, Celso Vidaurri Sr.; mother, Adela Garcia Vidaurri; brother, Celso Vidaurri Jr.; brother, Rafael Vidaurri; sister, Ramona Vidaurri de la Pena, and his only son Manuel B. “Sonny” Vidaurri Jr.
He is survived by his Wife of 61 years Azucena Pena Vidaurri; two daughters, Odette (Tomas) Izaguirre and Yvette (Alfonso) Maldonado; grandchildren, Tomas Luis Izaguirre III (Carla), Alfonso Javier Maldonado Jr., Yelitza Odette Maldonado, Marissa Ann (Ramiro) Rodriguez, Manuel Bernardo Vidaurri III, and Krista Marie Vidaurri; great grandchildren, Alina Villarreal, Emma Rodriguez, Araceli Vidaurri, Manuel B. Vidaurri IV, and Tomas Manuel Izaguirre.
A rosary will be recited on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. by the Catholic Daughters of America in the Hillside Funeral Home Chapel. The time for the second rosary is pending. A visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. from Hillside Funeral Home to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m.
Interment will follow in the family plot of the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Military honors will be provided by Fort Sam Houston Honor Guard and American Legion Post 59 Honor Guard.
The family would like to thank Dr. Gilberto Garza Lozano for his untiring help, also Chelito B., Alicia and Diana for their care.
If you would like to sign the guestbook or send private condolences, you may do so at www.hillsidefuneral.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hillside Funeral Home, 310 Hillside Rd.