CAMPBELL, Ohio – David Hernandez, 68, passed away Wednesday morning, November 14, 2012 at Vibra Hospital in Boardman, Ohio.(Mahoning County)
David was born May 19, 1944, in San Bernardino, California, the son of Marciano and Paula Alarcon Hernandez.
David was a decorated Marine, serving three tours of duty in Vietnam. He was a machine gunner who was shot down three times during battle and earned three Purple Hearts for his extraordinary service to his country.
He served as an Honor Guard for President Johnson.
David retired from the Marine Corps after 25 years of service.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, the former Linda Prochak, whom he married Sept. 13, 1976; his sons, David Adam (Tonya) of Dana Point, Calif. and Aaron of Campbell, Ohio; a grandson, Alex of Dana Point; two brothers, Marciano (Hortencia) Hernandez of Youngstown, Ohio and Freddie (Nora) Hernandez of Rialto, Calif.; sisters, Susan (Richard) Pina of San Bernardino, Julia (Richard) Rosales of Colton, Calif., Eleanor (Tony) Wapp of Riverside, Calif., Margaret Reyes of Rialto, and Rachel (John) Contreras of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; his father-in-law, Edward Prochak of Youngstown; brothers-in-law, Ed (Joyce) Prochak of Twinsburg, Ohio, Bob (Patty) Prochak of Campbell and Ron (Kristin) Prochak of Alliance, OH; a sister-in-law, Elaine Prochak of Hilliard, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The Hernandez family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.
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