Pedro Luis “Pete” Guzman, 68, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at his residence in Edinburg.

Mr. Guzman was born and had lived in Edinburg all of his life. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edinburg. He retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years and was also a retired educator with the Edcouch-Elsa School District.

Pete was a man of few words, but firm with his words. He loved traveling, especially to Las Vegas, as he would often say “his second home.” Even if he didn’t communicate often with his family, he loved them dearly and beamed with joy whenever he talked to his daughters and his grandchildren on the phone. He always looked forward to visiting with his friends at “Chaps,” but would always make it a point to get home early enough to spend the evening with his wife, Irma. He will be greatly missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ambrocio and Dolores Guzman; a brother, Ambrocio Guzman, Jr.

Mr. Guzman is survived by his wife, Irma Guzman of Edinburg; three children, Dolores Satterfield of Florida, Benny Guzman of Maine and Delia Copeland of California; 11 grandchildren; one great grandchild; two sisters, Santos (Jose F.) Martinez of San Juan and Mary (Roberto) Guerra of McAllen; a brother, Geronimo Guzman of Firebaugh, Calif.; three step-sons, Michael (Patricia) Espinoza, Tony Espinoza and Eric Espinoza, all of Edinburg.

Funeral services were held Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edinburg. Burial followed at the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission. Military were conducted by VFW Post 3895 of La Joya. Services were under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home of Edinburg.