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Vince Garcia

February 15, 1957 — February 25, 2015

NEWTON:
Vincent Julian Garcia, 58, died Wednesday (February 25, 2015) at his home in Newton after a short battle with A.L.S.

He was born on February 15, 1957 in San Fernando, California, the son of Julian and Elesa Garcia. They moved back to Newton in 1958. Vince graduated from Newton High School in 1975 and later attended Bethel College and Kansas State University.

Vince married Karen Hahn at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newton on July 13, 1985.

After attending college, Vince returned to Newton. He worked for a short time for the Santa Fe Railroad. He joined the Newton Fire Department in 1984 where he was a Firefighter/EMT. During his years with the department Vince was a driving force behind many of their community events, including The Puppet Crew and the Fire Safety House. He retired in December 2013.

He was a very active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, serving in several capacities, as well as being a member of the Knights of Columbus. Vince helped start the annual School Auction. He participated in the Mexican-American Softball Tournament for many years. Vince was always eager to help out with community activities.

Survivors include his wife Karen; mother, Elesa; his children Chelsi Tafolla and husband Tristan, Colton Garcia and wife Heather, Garrett Garcia all of Newton, and Jeremy DePass of New Orleans, La.; brother Mike Garcia and wife Tina of Hutchinson, Ks.; sisters Marcy Myers and husband Bill of Hutchinson, Kathy Archer and husband Matt of Newton, Cristy Thomas and husband Mark of Milwaukee, Wi.; and four grandchildren Cadeyn Tafolla, Dezmond Tafolla, Blake Nearhood, and Jaxon Hudson.

Vince’s father, Julian, preceded him in death.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at 7:00 P.M., Tuesday (March 3, 2015).

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday (March 4, 2015) both at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

The casket will be open at the church after 1:00 P.M., on Tuesday.

A memorial has been established with A.L.S. Foundation and the Vincent Garcia Scholarship Fund for Newton High School students. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, Ks. 67114.

Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.
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