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Zaragoza "Ben" Pena, Sr. (Tulia)

November 3, 1923 — January 1, 2021

Zaragoza "Ben" Pena, Sr. (Tulia)

Tulia, Texas-Zaragoza “Ben” Pena Sr.  97, passed away on January 1, 2021 in Tulia.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at the Kornerstone Funeral Directors Chapel with Mr. Robert Garza officiating. Cremation services are under the care of Kornerstone Funeral Directors of Tulia.

Zaragoza “Ben” Pena Sr. was born on November 3, 1923 in Bishop, Texas to Encarnacion and Marcella (Garcia) Pena. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1945 and was honorably discharged in 1946. He married the love of his life Aurora (Fernandez) Pena in 1967 in Odessa, TX.  He farmed all his life around Swisher County and was a hard worker. Farmers gave Zaragoza the nickname “Ben” because his name was complicated to say. He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Plainview. He got baptized on December 14, 2013 in the Amarillo Assembly of Jehovah Witness Church.  He was an amazing father, grandfather and brother and was a great teacher.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife; Aurora Pena; his son; Joe Fernandez, his daughter; Sonia Comans; his brothers; Sabas Pena, Alavaro Pena and Luis Pena.

He is survived by his daughters; Maria Elena Vega of Mission, TX, Jesuita “Jessie” Pena of Tulia, TX, Maria DeLaLuz Contreras and husband Carlos of Odessa, TX, his sons; Zaragoza Pena, Jr. and wife Rebecca (Barbee) of Crane, TX, Tomas Pena and wife Lisa of Tulia, TX and Oscar Pena and wife Patricia (Wackler) of Tulia, TX, his brothers; Emilio Pena and wife Rosario of San Antonio and Frank Pena of Modesto, CA, his sisters; Tomasa Guerrero of Corpus Christi, TX and Selerina Ybarra of Robstown, TX, 27 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and 20 great -great grandchildren and one on the way.

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Kornerstone Funeral Directors-Tulia

201 West Broadway Avenue, Tulia, TX 79088

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