Age 86, passed away July 6, 2018. He was born February 4, 1932, in Mercedes, TX, to Tomas and Virginia (Cavazos) Sauceda. Gilbert was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict , serving in the U.S. Army and National Guard. He was a teacher and coach from 1956 until his retirement in 1993, serving Harlingen Independent School District in Harlingen,TX, as a teacher, basketball, baseball and football coach; retiring from Lansing Eastern High School, having been an English teacher, and head football coach. He was a member of the MHSAA Football Hall of Fame. Gil was an avid golfer, loved reading and watching Western movies.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Gloria; daughter, Irma (Ernie) Flores; 2 sons, Gilbert (Elaine) and James (Brenda) Sauceda; 9 grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew, Lisa Marie, Jessica, Nicholas, William, Morgen, Parker, Evan; 7 great grandchildren, Sofia, Marix, Vivienne, Ella, Ava, Tristynn, Annabelle; brother, Jose (Viola) Sauceda; sister-in-law, Paula Sauceda; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Raul Sauceda.
The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2018, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 16, 2018, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Mercedes, TX, with the Rite of Committal at the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission, TX. Visitation in Texas will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home, Mercedes, TX.
Memorial contributions may be made to McLaren Hospice, Lansing, MI, in memory of Gilbert Sauceda. Online condolences may be left for his family at www.EstesLeadley.com.