Claudio Herrera Jr., 59, was born June 21, 1949 and died on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009.

Claudio was a native of Alice. For 23 years he owned and operated Memorial Funeral Home in Corpus Christi, where he resided for most of his life. He was also part owner and funeral director in charge of Funeral Caring USA in San Antonio. In 2000, Claudio and his wife Irene moved to a ranch in Nell, where he took up ranching. He operated a cattle ranch and enjoyed the outdoors and the hard physical work of tending to his herd.

He was preceded in death by his father, Claudio Herrera; mother, Esperanza Herrera; and sister, Raquel Herrera.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Irene Herrera of Nell; two daughters, Raquel and Monique Herrera; and one granddaughter, Reisa Renae Herrera "La Princessa", all of San Antonio; two sisters, Ida Herrera of Alice, and Irma Herrera of San Francisco, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at Ramon Funeral Home

In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer PO Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210 or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO BOX 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. Both forms are available online.

Ramon Funeral Home Inc.