Arturo G. Sosa
Surrounded by immediate family and friends, Arturo G. Sosa Sr., 83, passed away Saturday, Sept. 7. He was born in Laredo on August 11, 1930.
Mr. Sosa and his family were long time residents of San Antonio and Pipe Creek. As a proud member of the United States Navy from 1947 to 1951, he served in the Korean War and other subsequent military actions. Mr. Sosa retired from Kelly Air Force Base where he worked for Air Force Logistics, specifically the Airlift Engine Branch and the Propulsion Division. He loved aeronautical mechanics as well as auto mechanics.
Throughout his career, Mr. Sosa was acknowledged and awarded for his sustained superior performance, dedication and contributions to the US Air Force.
A very spiritual individual, dedicated Catholic and student of the Bible, he taught Bible study classes for a number of years. He and his family belonged to St. Paul's Catholic Church in San Antonio , as well as to St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Bandera.
Mr. Sosa was also very proud of being a Mason for over 50 years, serving as a Worshipful Master Mason for the Bandera Masonic Lodge in the millennium year of 2000. He loved being involved in this organization, which supported community, families and provided mentorship. He believed in the honorable and traditional tenets and practice of the Masons and lived a life exemplary of this path.
A lover of sports of all kinds, Mr. Sosa played baseball for the US Navy baseball league, and for the Texas-New Mexico semi-pro baseball league. He loved sharing his experiences of playing baseball with some of the great professional baseball players from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Mexico, as well as African-Americans and former US major league baseball players.
His love of baseball enabled him to contribute to the development of young people and their understanding and appreciation for the game, teamwork and hard work. He and his wife worked with the Woodlawn Baseball League in San Antonio, helping establish baseball fields at Agudas Achim in San Antonio and initiate teams for adolescents.
Mr. Sosa loved sharing endless stories about family and his ancestry. He had an incredible memory and love of history, his rich and diverse family background, heritage and culture. He loved South Texas and the Texas Hill Country, ranching, hunting, fishing, and simply being in the cooling Hill Country breezes on a hot Texas summer day.
Perhaps most of all, Mr. Sosa was a self-made man who gave his "South Texas All" in everything he did and in every manner possible. He was a dedicated, loving, compassionate, kind, adventurous, fun loving and outgoing human being. No one could ask for a better father, husband, grandfather, brother, uncle, son or friend. We, his family, will miss him greatly and with every fiber of our being.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Ascension C. Sosa; children, Aurora Sosa, Arturo G. Sosa Jr. and Adela Walsleben; son-in-law Tim Walsleben; grandchildren, Derrick and Michael Walsleben; and many, many, dear family members and friends.
A mass was held, Wednesday, Sept. 11, at St. Paul's Catholic Church, in San Antonio, followed by burial at San Fernando #2 Cemetery in San Antonio.
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Arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.