Benito G. "El Indio" Aranda, 73, died Sunday, May 18, 2008.

He was born March 11, 1935, in Pearsall to Ignacio and Maria Garcia Aranda.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Benito Jr. and Benito III; and two daughters, Melissa Aranda and Jenebra Aranda.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Yolanda Aranda of George West; three sons, Albert (Amy) Aranda of George West, Tony (Leticia) Aranda of Victoria, and Benito Aranda II of Alice; six daughters, Margie (Damon) McMillian of Dublin, Angie (Ray Proctor) of George West, Mary Jane (Cosme) Abrego of Houston, Angie (Armando Borrego) of Odessa, Esther (Samuel Borrego) of Abilene, and Natividad Aranda of Winters; three sisters, Janie Hernandez, Maria Aranda, both of Dublin, and Vera Hernandez of Arkansas; five brothers, Domingo Aranda of Gustine, Mark Aranda of Phoenix, Jose Aranda, Manuel Aranda, both of Dublin, and Ruben Aranda of Brownwood; 28 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.

A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, in the Ramon Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Mass was celebrated at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Interment followed in Robstown Cemetery.

Ramon Funeral Home Inc.