Eduardo Acevedo-León, of Waco, Texas, formerly of Santurce, Puerto Rico, passed away Saturday, August, 26, 2023 at home with family at his side. Services will be Thursday, August 31st, 6pm at Waco Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor Wayne Williams officiating.
Eduardo was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico to Amada Laboy. After growing up on the island, Eduardo enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. He soon met his former wife, Juanita Garcia and began a family shortly after. Eduardo's military career would be cut short after a field training session left him hospitalized, this would lead to an honorable discharge with a Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, and Expert Badge in Rifle M-16. He would then live out his days in retirement back in Waco, Texas. It would be then that the Acevedo Family would expand.
During this time, Eduardo would then begin his journey in fighting with addiction. Eduardo was sober for 36 years and during this time he gave of himself selflessly. He was an avid speaker all around Texas, speaking at engagements and giving his testimony. Eduardo would serve others and give hope to those who felt hopeless during their toughest times.
It would be then, that he would meet the woman that would walk the rest of his journey this side of heaven, Tina Wingo.
Eduardo was a big personality and he lived out his days just as big. He loved to sing, dance and music was his passion. He was proud to be from La Isla Bonita and enjoyed sharing his culture with his family, both in cooking, dancing and history.
Eduardo led such a life that he didn't allow the Parkinson's to steal his joy. He fought hard for 11 years and didn't give up until his very last breath. Eduardo leaves behind a legacy and there are many that will forever be touched by his legacy.
Eduardo was preceded in death by his mother, Amada Laboy; sister, Nilda; brother, José Enrique Rodriguez; grandparents, Sixto and Gregoria Leon; and uncle, Eleuterio Leon Laboy.
He is survived by his wife, Tina Acevedo; children, Amanda Romo and husband Joe, Eduardo Acevedo, Sr and wife Marci, Alicia Rivera and husband, Jaffus, Amber Brown and husband Derek, and Krystal Wingo and Claudia Acevedo. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Jonathan Romo and wife, Alexandra, Renee Charles and husband, Brian, Paula Olivarez and husband, Armando, Jr., Julian Romo and wife, Hayley, Eduardo Acevedo, Jr., Xavier Acevedo and partner, Jaylen, Candice Rivera and fiancé, Chris, Isabella Acevedo and fiancé, Abel, Erick Acevedo, Thane Brown, Gianni and Isaiah Acevedo; great-grandchildren, Emma, Armando III, Alora, Olivia Jade, Michael Drew, and Baby Charles along with many nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers are Robert Garcia, Jr., Robert Luna, Jr., Margarito Garcia, Michael Garcia, Reggie Garcia, Reilles Garcia, Jr., and Manuel DeLeon, Jr.