Cornelio Armendarez Soto Jr. from Knickerbocker, Texas was born in San Angelo on June 15, 1943. He lived all his life in Knickerbocker, Texas. He had a great love for his family and his horses. He loved his nephews and nieces as if they were his own children. His love in life was being on horseback and working with livestock. He loved to teach his nephews and nieces to ride horses and to care for them.
He was drafted by the U.S. Army, where he served in the Vietnam War. He received the Silver Star, Air Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (1st Award), Vietnam Service Medal with four bronze service stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation (2nd Award), Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal First Class Unit Citation, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Sharpshooter Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar (M-14), Sharpshooter Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar (M-16).
He was preceded in death by his parents Cornelio Soto Sr. and Victar Armendarez Soto and brother Roy A. Soto and niece Adelaida Gonzalez. He is survived by his three sisters Enedina Gonzalez and Primo, Anna Coronado and Gasper, and Magdalena Rangel and Manuel. His nephews Primo Gonzalez III, Daniel Coronado, Gabriel Rangel, Mario Rangel, John Paul Rangel and Michael Rangel. Nieces Rebecca Coronado, Teresa Wysong, Angela Fuentes, Monica Leyva and Victoria Martinez. Great nephews Zackary Rangel, Christian Gonzalez, Enrique Leyva, Joseph Rangel and Elijah Coronado. Great nieces Myra Gonzalez, Briana Gonzalez, Samantha Gonzalez, Gabriella Ybarra, Alexia Coronado, Anahi Gonzalez, Olivia Rangel, Laila Leyva, Isabella Coronado, Natalia Rangel, and Amelia Martinez.
We would like to thank his primary physician Dr. Carl Anderton from Shannon and Nurse Penny, Dr. Martinez from Ballinger Rehabilitation and Nursing home and the nurses and staff, the Hospice staff who cared for him, Father Yesu from Saint Mary Star of the Sea Church in Ballinger, Father Joseph Vathaloor for being the celebrant of the mass, Bill Murray of Texas Veterans for Veterans for all of his help.We would also like to thank everyone who visited Junior and took him treats.
A Rosary will be held 7:00pm, Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Mission Church. The Funeral Mass will be held 10:00am, Friday, March 23, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Mission Church in Knickerbocker, with burial to follow.