Mr. Luis C. Rico, Saginaw, Michigan

Passed away Thursday, August 27, 2009, at Cartwright Hospice Center. Age 85 years. Luis was born on March 10, 1924 in San Antonio, TX to the late Louis and Carmen (Casares) Rico. He was married to Mary Escalante. Mary predeceased him in 2003. Luis served with the Civilian Conservation Corps, Company 3803. He then served as a PFC in the US Army as a rifleman with the 162nd Infantry Regiment, deployed in New Guinea, Pacific Theatre, during WWII. Luis retired from GM Malleable Iron and had worked as a Kiln Operator and was a proud member of the UAW Local 455. He was a longtime parishioner and usher at St. Mary Cathedral. He is survived by his six children and their spouses, Luis (Paula) Rico, San Antonio, TX; Albert (Xiaofang Xu) Rico, Fenton; Rosanne Rico, San Antonio, TX; Emilia (Elmer) Kuelske, Saginaw; Thomas (Ruth Borgelt) Rico, Haslett; and Lucy Gilchrist, Muncy, PA; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Lucy Lozano, San Antonio, TX; special friend, Angeline Rocha, Saginaw. Luis was also predeceased by a daughter, Linda Mae Rico, and three brothers, Felix, Jose, and Manuel Rico. Funeral Liturgy took place 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 1, 2009, at St. Mary Cathedral, 615 Hoyt Ave. Fr. James Bessert officiated with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where military honor guard was conducted under the auspices of American Legion Post 439. Friends visited with the family at the Wakeman Funeral Home, Inc., 1218 N. Michigan Ave., on Monday from 3:00-7:00 p.m., where a prayer vigil took place at 7:00 p.m. Visitation continued at the church on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Greater Lansing Peace Education Center, 855 Grove St., East Lansing, MI 48823. Memories and sympathies may be shared with the family online at