Adrian was born to Ofilia and Santana Muñoz Sr. at the King Ranch on Oct. 15, 1933. He was preceded in death by his brother Santana Munoz Jr., and his mother and father. He was married to Maria Gracelia Rivas on March 10, 1956 in Falfurrias, Tx.
Adrian grew up in south Texas and graduated from Premont High School. He was drafted into the Army after graduation and served 39 years in the Army and National Guard. While in service, he attended Liberty University in VA. He was a Korean war veteran and served in Germany. He is a retiree from the military, Federal Government, and the State of Texas.
Among numerous medals, awards and recognitions Adrian received, some of the most notable are: Meritorious Service Medal, Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal and Texas Faithful Service Medal awarded six times.
Adrian enjoyed spending time with family, dancing, camping, hunting, being a Longhorn fan and making others happy through his occasional days of being a clown. He was a musician who loved music and played the drums, accordion, and guitar. He served and exemplified the life of a Christian man through his time and contributions as a Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus.
Adrian is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gracie, daughter Yvonilda (Juan) Amador, son Adrian (Stacy) Muñoz Jr., daughter Yvette Muñoz, daughter Yvelda Muñoz, daughter Ysolette Nicoson, 17 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Also, Trina Wilkins, Ramiro Valdez, Bryan Dailey and other family members.
Mass and funeral service were held Monday, January 7 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Kyle. Burial followed at Central Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery in Killeen.
Monetary donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association and/or the American Heart Association in honor of Adrian F. Muñoz Sr. Special thanks to the United States Army Honor Guard, Knights of Columbus and the Patriot Guard Riders of Central Texas for their assistance on the day of the funeral.