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Amando Rogelio Pena

Obituary for Amando Rogelio Pena

November 22, 1951 - August 6, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 68


Amando Rogelio Peña was born to Ernestine O. Peña and Manuel T. Peña, in San Antonio, Texas, on November 22, 1951. He was the second oldest of five boys. From an early age, he was affectionately called "Mando" by family and friends and the nickname stayed with him all of his days.

He attended Our Lady of Guadalupe School. In grade school, Mando showed a natural talent for sports, especially baseball. When he reached high school, he chose to attend Holy Cross High School where he lettered in football (District Champions 4AAA,1968), basketball, track and baseball. He loved remembering his high school days and telling funny stories about his many adventures. He was blessed to share so many of those experiences with school friends, neighborhood friends and cousins. He was deeply proud of being a Holy Cross Knight ('70) and supported the school and fraternity of brothers as often as he could. Before he became sick, he was very busy planning their 50th reunion. He still knew every word of the Holy Cross Fight Song and loved it whenever the Knights beat the Central Catholic Buttons.

After high school, Mando enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and Persian Gulf War. During his military service, he traveled the world. Mando deployed to Turkey and Kuwait in support of operations in the Persian Gulf theater. In addition, He served on many fronts including mobilizations to Germany, Canada, Iceland, and countless other stateside training events. He proudly served his country for 33 years. He retired as a Senior Master Sergeant from the 149th Fighter Wing, an Air National Guard F-16 fighter jet unit known as the "Lone Star Gunfighters" stationed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

Mando married his high school sweetheart, Cynthia (Solis) Peña on June 24th, 1972. Together they had three children, Barbara, Brian & Brittney, as well as eight grandchildren. There was no greater joy in Mando's life than being a Popo. He loved his grandchildren dearly and would do anything for them. He was always ready to lend a helping hand whenever there was a need especially to family and friends.

Mando departed his earthly life on August 6, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Ernestine Peña and his older brother, Manuel Peña , Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Cynthia Solis Peña, daughters Barbara Peña Solis and Brittney Uriegas (José Uriegas), son, Brian Peña (Camille Peña), his brothers, Morris Peña, Michael Peña (Martha), William Peña (Yolanda), and his grandchildren, Gabrielle, Austin, Elise, Paige, Tyler, Claire, Sophia, and Oliva as well as many cherished nieces and nephews, beloved relatives, childhood friends, military friends, colleagues from St. Phillips Community College and his favorite golf buddies.

A viewing will be held on 30 August 2020 from 12pm-6pm at Porter Loring North located at 2102 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX 78232. Anyone who feels comfortable to attend during these uncertain times is welcome. Face masks and social distancing measures will be employed to keep everyone safe. The remainder of the services will be private due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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San Antonio, TX 78232
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