A celebration of life service for U.S. Army retired Command Sgt. Maj. Victor Manuel Miranda-Torres, 83, of Harker Heights, will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2903 Rancier Ave., Killeen. His son, son-in-law, and grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Burial with full military honors will immediately follow at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, State Highway 195, in Killeen.
Mr. Miranda-Torres died Aug. 23, 2014, peacefully surrounded by his family and friends after a lengthy illness with Alzheimer’s. Victor, also known as “Abuelo” to many, was born Aug. 4, 1931, in Juncos, Puerto Rico.
After finishing high school, he joined the U.S. Army, serving his country with distinction for over 30 years. Achieving the rank of command sergeant major, he was stationed throughout the U.S. and overseas during his career.
His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze service stars, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea), Army Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal with four silver loops and the National Defense Service Medal.
After retiring from the U.S. Army, he returned to school, earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He continued serving his country as a counseling psychologist at Fort Hood.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years and the love of his life, Nancy of Harker Heights; three children, Victor Miranda and his wife, Nieda, Zully Colón and her husband, Carlos and Victor Miranda and his wife, Liz; nine grandchildren, Victor (Junito) and his wife, Lyanne, Erica, Juan Carlos and his wife, Jessica, Riley and his wife, Brooke, Kevin and his wife, Lena, Miles, Danielle, Graciela, Ricardo; seven great-grandchildren, Marisol, Alex, Elizabeth, Jeremy, Paula, Harlow and Hudson; and countless friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Victor’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association-Capital of Texas Chapter at www.alz.org/texascapital.
Visitation and a rosary are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, 1615 S. Fort Hood St., Killeen, which is in charge of arrangements.