- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - Ernest Eguia (uh-GEE’-uh), a World War II veteran and civil rights activist in Houston, has died at age 95.

A memorial service was scheduled Wednesday for Eguia. A nephew, Russell Contreras, says Eguia died Sunday of natural causes.

Eguia was in the League of United Latin American Citizens for 67 years. He helped organize a Nov. 21, 1963, Houston event featuring President John F. Kennedy. JFK was assassinated the following day in Dallas.

Eguia, who was born in Lockhart, participated in an oral history project at the University of Texas. He talked about his military service overseas, returning home and his quest for equal treatment for Hispanics.

He’s survived by his wife, Maria Ortensia Martinez Eguia, four children, plus six grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Burial was planned Thursday at Houston National Cemetery.




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