Victor Enrique “Kine” Solis Jr., 86, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, in Laredo, Texas, surrounded by loved ones.
Victor who was known as “Kine” to friends and family was born on November 24, 1933, in Laredo Texas to Victor and Sarah Solis.
He graduated from Martin high school in 1953, where he excelled at football, track, and also sang in the choir. That same year he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he was honorably discharged with the rank of Second class petty officer in communications. He attended college from 1957 to 1961, ultimately applying his credits to his degree in criminal justice from St. Edwards University in 1977.
In 1958, he married the love of his life, Mary Lou Garza, and they raised four children, Bobby, Victor, Sarah, and Cordy.
In 1961, he started his career with Webb County as a deputy sheriff. In 1966 he graduated from the FBI National Academy and in 1967 was appointed chief deputy sheriff of Webb County.
In 1976, Victor moved his family to Austin, Texas.
Victor was the program coordinator for the Texas organized crime prevention council in the office of the Attorney General of Texas.
In 1981, Victor moved his family back to Laredo where he was an investigator for the district attorney of Webb County, afterward he spent nine years working for the U.S. Marshal’s office special services.
Victor was also owner and operator of Solis Security Specialist for forty years.
Victor was a member of several civic organizations including the Laredo JC’s and member and president of Saint Vincent de Paul Society. Victor was also active in the PT essay for 20 years where he served for Alma A. Pierce Elementary, Lamar Junior High School, J.W. Nixon High School and in Austin, Texas for Andrews Elementary Blanton Sixth Grade Center and Pearsall Junior High.
Victor had a love of sports as well as music where he sang in the choir and also wrote poetry.
Victor loved spending time with his kids and his grandkids and especially with his lovely wife Mary Lou.
Victor also cherished spending time with his in-laws of which there was many and loved the trips to California that we did almost every other year.
We feel blessed to have had him in our lives all these years. He was the best father a person could ever have. We are so grateful for the wonderful life he and our mother gave us.
Mr. Solis is preceded in death by his parents, Victor G. and Sarah Solis; grandmother, Antonia Guerra; great aunt, Mauricia Charo; son, Samuel Solis; and son-in-law, Jesus Guillen.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Mary Lou Solis; children, Roberto G. (Karen) Solis, Victor E. Solis III, Sarah D. Guillen, and Cordelia (Arnold) Cantu; 15 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Mr. Solis is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Hillside Funeral Home Chapel. Procession will be held immediately after to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, where a mass will be celebrated at 12:00 p.m.
Pallbearers will be John Tyler Mancias, Ryan Edward Mancias, Jacob A. Guillen, Jesus M. Guillen, Nicolas E. Guillen, Derek Solis, Arnold H. Cantu, and Abundio Solis.
Interment with Military Honors will follow at the Veterans section of the City of Laredo Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post 59 Honor Guard.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the family kindly asks all those wishing to express their condolences in person to maintain social distancing orders, all necessary restrictions will be observed in order to protect the health and safety of those in attendance. In accordance with the city ordinance, the number of visitors will be limited. All visitors must wear face coverings while inside the building. Hand sanitizer is provided upon entry. Continue to practice social distancing while inside the funeral home chapel. We continue to ask that those at risk or those not feeling well stay home and reach out to the family through our website www.hillsidefuneral.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Hillside Funeral Home, 310 Hillside Road.