Mass of Christian Burial for lifelong Peabody resident Angel “Ace” Torres, 97, who died while attending a Mexican-American fast-pitch tournament with family and friends Friday in Newton, will be 10:30 a.m. July 14 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Newton.
Recitation of Holy Rosary will be at 10 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.
Visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton, with family receiving friends between 6 and 8 p.m.
Born October 2, 1923 in Peabody, to Jesus and Manuela Melendez Torres. Angel graduated from Peabody High School in 1943 and shortly after enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was discharged in 1946 as a pharmacist’s mate third class and returned to Peabody.
He worked for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad, retiring after 40 years as a trackman. He married Theresa Maria Segovia on Oct. 27, 1951 in Newton. They made their home in Peabody and were very active in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. She died Feb. 11, 1986.
Angel was a longtime member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Newton and the Peabody American Legion.
He was the last surviving member of the original fast-pitch team that played in the first Mexican-American tournament 73 years ago. He had been looking forward to attending this year’s event.
Survivors include daughter Patsy Torres Milton of the home in Peabody, son Michael Torres of Topeka, grandchildren Mika and Gabriel Torres and Jonathan, Theresa, and Christopher Milton, and 14 great-grandchildren.
He also is survived by brother Robert Torres (and wife Belen) of Colorado Springs, sisters Margaret Garcia and Jennie Garcia (and husband Ralph) of Newton, and son-in-law Larry Cramer of Topeka.
“Ace” was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, daughter Auggie Cramer, brother Felix Torres, sisters Esther Monares, Carmen Vega, and Lupe Llamas, and infant sisters Augustina and Refugio Torres.
Memorials have been established with Peabody Community Foundation, Peabody American Legion, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E Broadway, Newton KS 67114.
Condolences may be left at www.broadwaycolonialfh.com.
Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.