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Retired U.S. Army Col. Ernest A. Hinojosa Jr., 94, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2016.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army for 36 years. During the course of his career, he served in the European Theater of Operations in World War II and in the Vietnam War.
After his retirement in 1978, he continued to maintain his affiliation with the military by his participation with MOAA, The Military Officers Association of America. During his years with MOAA, he served the organization in many capacities including terms as president, both in New Orleans, La., and here in Williamsburg. He also served on the State of Louisiana MOAA Board of Directors.
Ernie was preceded in death by his father, Ernest A. Hinojosa; and his mother, Blasé Cortinas of Brownsville, Texas.
He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Fasullo Hinojosa; four children, Cheryl H. Packard (David) of Braselton, Ga., retired col. Ernest A. Hinojosa III (Eva) of Williamsburg, retired Lt. Col. Richard L. Hinojosa (Darlene) of Williamsburg and Lisa H. Greason (Bob) of New Rochelle, N.Y.; nine grandchildren, Pamela Packard Pelletier, Dave Packard Jr., Bobby Greason, Michael Greason, Tommy Greason, Tim Hinojosa, Matt Hinojosa, Oliva Hinojosa and Anthony Hinojosa); and five great-grandchildren, Sydney Packard, Lauryn Packard, Trey Pelletier, Danielle Pelletier and Hunter Packard.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28, at St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg. Interment will be held in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C., at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in Ernie’s name to MOAA Scholarship Fund.
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