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Felipe  Surita , Jr.

Obituary for Felipe Surita , Jr.

February 3, 1952 - September 18, 2018
Helotes, Texas | Age 66


Our "Top", husband, father, step-dad, grandpa and Pop-pop, brother, uncle and friend 1SG Felipe Surita, Jr passed away Tuesday September 18, 2018 surrounded by his family. Felipe was born to Felipe and Ramona Surita on February 3, 1952 in Uvalde, TX and was raised in Mayville WI.

1SG Felipe Surita entered the US Army in 1978. He had multiple assignments during his career to include: deploying to Grenada (Operation Urgent Fury) in 1983, he was assigned to the United Nations Security Force – Panmunjom, Korea in 1988. In 1992 he was assigned to the 5th Ranger Training Battalion, Dahlonega, GA, and the 2nd Ranger Battalion (Ft. Lewis) in the mid 90's. In 2003 he deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 1SG Felipe Surita retired in 2004 after 26 years of active duty service. He redeployed to Iraq multiple times as a military contractor, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His many awards include: MSM - 4, ARCOM - 6, AAM - 8, AGCM - 8, NDSM – 2, AFEM - 2, GWOTM, KOREA DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL, RANGER TAB - 1986, PARACHUTIST BADGE – 1979, EXPERT FIELD MEDICAL BADGE AND THE GERMAN ARMED FORCES PARACHUTIST BADGE

Felipe married Patricia Flores on February 3, 2001 at Fort Sam Houston Chapel in San Antonio, TX and together they formed a blended family of 8 children. Their family continues to grow with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Patricia (Flores) Surita, daughter Tammy (Randy) Drallmeier of Mosinee, WI, son Victor (Lynn) Surita of Fond Du Lac, WI, daughter Valerie (Joshua) Surita-Ammeter of Fond Du Lac, WI, son Michael Surita of Horicon, WI, son Travis Surita (girlfriend, Tasha Bertel) of Mayville WI, step-sons Christopher (Amy) Sanchez, Thomas Barrera US Navy (5 years) both of San Antonio, TX and Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael (Alyssa) Barrera of Port Hueneme, CA. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Felipe is also survived by 7 siblings, sisters Corina Surita US Army Sergeant First Class (Ret) and Rosario McKinnon US Airforce Airman First Class (served 4yrs) of San Antonio, TX, brothers Jose Surita, Sr., US Marines Lance Corporal (served 2yrs)., of San Antonio, Julian US Army Chief Warrant Officer Ret. (Alice) Surita of Raleigh, NC, Ruben US Marines Gunnery Sergeant Ret. (Cindi) Surita of Winchester, CA, Rojelio Surita US Army Captain Retired of Rosemont, MN and Ricardo Surita of Alfred, NY. Also left to remember him are his extended family; father-in-law Gilbert Flores WWII Army Veteran of San Angelo, TX, Julia and Jim Seale (US Airforce Veteran Ret) of Somersworth NH, Gloria and Sam Kudo (US Army Veteran), Grace (US Army Veteran) and Augustine Gomez and Michael (US Army Veteran) and Annette Flores all of San Angelo, TX and a host of nieces and nephews whom he loved and was very proud of.

Felipe was proud of being part of a military family, proud of being an Army Ranger and serving both God and Country for 26 years to protect our nation and his family. He was most proud of the total accumulation of years he our family served and continue to serve of over 300 years in the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy.

He was preceded in death by his parents Felipe and Ramona Surita, nephew SSG Julian McKinnon, sister-in-law Nancy Surita, mother-in-law Helena Flores, step-grandson James Mikel and former wife Sandra Morse Nava.

Viewing will be held at Porter Loring Mortuary North 2102 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio TX on Sunday September 30th from 5PM -7PM. Rosary will begin at 7:00PM. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday October 1, 2018 at 11:45AM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church 13715 Riggs, Helotes, TX. Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors.

Pall Bearers will be his sons, Victor, Mike, Travis, Christopher, Thomas and Michael.

The family wishes to thank Erin Bell and Hector Garza for the great care and respect they gave to Felipe while he was here at home; I will forever be grateful to you both. I also want to thank the night shift angels of the nursing staff at St. Mary's Hospice Care, you were my husband's angels the last few hours of his life; thank you for comforting Felipe and our family. To all of you my deepest heartfelt thank you…. Patricia

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