Rufus T. Palacios, Sr., age 78, of Sweetwater, passed away Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at his residence.
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church recited by family.
Holy Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. l8, 2011, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Rodriguez officiating. Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Rufus was born July 4, 1932, in Sweetwater, Texas. He married Concepcion (Connie) Quirino on Nov. 9, 1957, in Sweetwater. He was a longtime member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church serving as Eucharistic minister and usher for many years and was also a member of Santo Nombre and a Cursillista. He worked as a maintenance engineer for USG for many years and Holiday Inn before retiring. He also worked for R.E. Janes Gravel Company in Abilene.
He is survived by his wife, Concepcion (Connie) Palacios of Sweetwater; 10 children, Leandro Palacios and wife Paris of Howe, Texas, Rufus Palacios, Jr. and wife Ramona of Sweetwater, Veronica Rodriquez and husband Greg, Ermelinda Quesada and husband Luis; Severita Rosales and husband Jesse, all of Abilene, Anacleto Palacios and wife Veronica of Cedar Park, Maria Palacios and Martin Palacios, both of Dallas, Mechtilde Garcia and husband Leonard of San Jose, Calif. and Rita Palacios of Austin; 14 grandchildren, Cory, Syreeta and Sarah Palacios of Howe, Texas; Anthony, Elizabeth and Victoria Palacios, all of Sweetwater, Elijah Quesada and wife Rachel of North Carolina, Nikki Quesada of Austin, Kaleb Quesada, Raul and Alexis Lopez, Efrain and Gregory Rodriquez and Jesse Rosales, Jr. all of Abilene; five great-grandchildren, Olivia Carter, Aryana Lopez, Alexis Lopez, Jr., Victoria Elizabeth Rodriquez and Charles Alexander Moore; brother, David Palacios, Jr. of Sweetwater; sisters, Lupe Prado of Sweetwater and Rosa Maria DeLuna of Plainview; sister-in-law, Marianne Palacios of Sweetwater; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, David Palacios, Sr. and Agustina Torres Palacios; and one brother, Cruz Palacios, Sr.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 903 Sam Houston Street, Sweetwater, Texas 79556.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.