Demetrio Vela, 66, of Uvalde died on Jan. 5, 2018, at his residence.
He was born on Dec. 19, 1951, in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, to Ignacia (Lopez) and Ramon Vela.
He married Rosantina Rodriguez on Nov. 20, 1999, in Uvalde.
Vela is survived by his wife of 18 years; six daughters, Virginia Vela, Rosemary Valdez Cantu, Francisca V. Gonzalez, and Olga Cardoza, all of Uvalde, Linda Sanchez of Seguin, and Crystal Carbajal of Camp Wood; two sons, Santos Valdez and Robert Valdez, both of Uvalde; two brothers, Jose Vela of Spofford and Reyes Montoya of Anacacho Ranch, near Spofford; 31 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Genaro Montoya; and three sisters, Librada De Leon, Maria Eresmi Aguirre, and Irma Soto.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery. Ben Padilla officiated.