Refugio (Cuco) Flores, 90, of Sunnyside our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at his daughter's home, surrounded by his loving family.

Cuco was born in Tamaulipas, Mexico, the son of Tiofilo and Jesusa (Ochoa) Flores.

He served honorably in the U.S. Army during WWII.

In September of 1951 he married Maria Rubalcava in Sunnyside.

Cuco worked as a laborer at McNary Dam and retired from Hanford as a heavy duty truck driver.

Cuco was a gem of a man he was humble, had an admirable work ethic and was a man of his word.

He volunteered at First Christian Church Food Bank for 27 years.

He enjoyed working in his yard, watching baseball, boxing and cherished time spent with his grandchildren.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside.

Cuco is survived by his wife, Maria Flores of Sunnyside; four daughters, Rosalinda Abundio Robles of Goldendale, Gloria Sanchez and companion, Juan Alvarado of Mabton, Martha (Larry) Helberg of Sunnyside and Lucinda F. Campos of Los Fresnos, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; four great- great-grandchildren; and one sister, Leonor Montes of Los Fresnos.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tiofilo and Jesusa Flores; one brother, Gustavo Flores; sisters, Marina Garza, Eliza Flores Morreno, Fidela Rodriguez and Soyla Canchola.

Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, from noon to 8 p.m., with recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, March 1, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside, with military honors burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens Sunset Veterans section.

Those wishing to sign Cuco's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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