BROWNSVILLE, TX. – Ireneo Mendez Guevara, affectionately known by many as Neo, entered into the glory of his eternal life on Friday, the 3rd of January 2020 at his residence. He was seventy-seven years of age.
Neo was a proud veteran of the United States Army, having served overseas while stationed in Germany, where he cooked, prepared, and served countless meals for his fellow comrades. He was honorably discharged as a Private (PVT) before returning to Brownsville, Texas and later studied culinary arts and barbering. Neo was employed with the Brownsville Public Utilities Board for over thirty years before deciding to retire early in order to spend more quality time with his loving family. He enjoyed watching his Dallas Cowboys play football, and listening to a variety of Tejano and Latin music, collecting CDs from artists such as Pepe Aguilar and Vicente Fernandez, evening attending a concert by Roberto Carlos with his wife, Margarita. Every day, Neo would listen to his radio around the house, often times expediting the completion of chores such as washing the dishes in the kitchen while dancing to the rhythm of the beat, having a grand old time. Neo will always be remembered as a quiet, humble, but friendly hardworking individual who would make conversation with anybody that had the pleasure of meeting him and his kind soul who loved his family and friends dearly.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Estela Guevara; daughter, Veronica Guevara; son, Patricio Guevara; and by his parents, Mauro M. Guevara and Margarita Mendez Guevara.
Left behind to forever cherish their memories of him is his wife, Margarita Garcia Guevara; sons David Guevara, Raul Lopez IV (Julie M. Garza), and Robert Lopez; sisters, Teresita M. Guevara and Rosario G. Ybarra (Frank +); brother, Rev. Alfonso M. Guevara; nephews, Samuel Ybarra (Sharon) and Rene Ybarra (Lisa); and niece, Breanna Ybarra. Also surviving him are numerous extended family members and a host of many friends.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, the 5th of January 2020 between the hours of one o’clock in the afternoon and nine o'clock at night, with a recitation of the holy rosary to be held at seven o'clock Sunday evening within the East Chapel of Darling-Mouser Funeral Home.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at two o’clock in the afternoon Monday, the 6th of January 2020 at St. Luke Catholic Church at 2800 Rockwell Drive, Brownsville, Texas 78521. Committal services will immediately follow at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens, 4464 Old Port Isabel Road, Brownsville, Texas 78526. Military honors will be conducted under the auspices of the V.F.W. Post #2035.
Memories of Ireneo may be shared at www.darlingmouser.com.
Personalized funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Darling-Mouser Funeral Home at 945 Palm Boulevard in Brownsville, Texas 78520, (956) 546-7111.
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