Alberto Santiago-Torres, 86, of Elizabethton, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2013, in the Hillview Health Center of Elizabethton.
Mr. Santiago-Torres was born in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, to the late Candido Santiago and Florenta Torres. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Lucila Santiago Rivera and Esther Turner.
Mr. Santiago-Torres retired from Raytheon Corporation. He was a very active member of Oak Street Baptist Church and was a United States Army veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict. He was also a member of the Tennessee National Guard for sixteen years and retired as an E-7 Sergeant.
Survivors include his wife of sixty years, Sarah Santiago Rivera, of the home; two daughters, Sara Nave and husband, Larry, Elizabethton, and Ivelise Bachman and husband, Neal, Spokane, Washington; two sons, Cesar Santiago and Daniel Santiago and wife, Debbie, all of Elizabethton; nine grandchildren, Jeremiah and wife, Meggan, Joshua, Angela, Jonathan and his wife, Jennifer, Cherie, Michael, Jacob, Nicholas and Caleb; three sisters, Blanca Miller, Unicoi, TN, Iris Acosta, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Eva Hernandez, Concord, NC; and four brothers, Mike Santiago, Dekalb, IL, Franklin Santiago, Miami, FL, Emilio Santiago, Kannapolis, NC, and Elpidio Santiago, Concord, NC. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The celebration of life service for Mr. Santiago-Torres will be conducted at 7:00 PM on Sunday, October 6, 2013, in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton with Rev. Bruce Hendrich officiating. Music will be under the direction of Oak Street Baptist Church Choir and Jeff and Cassie Miller.
The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM in the funeral home chapel, prior to the service on Sunday. Friends may call at the residence at anytime.
The graveside service will be conducted at 10:45 AM on Monday, October 7, 2013, in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Carter County Honor Guard. Active pallbearers will be his grandchildren. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 9:45 AM on Monday to go in procession to the cemetery.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to the Gideons International, P.O. Box 1951, Elizabethton, TN 37644.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the Santiago-Torres family. Office 423 542-2232, Obituary line 543-4917.