He had lived in Puerto Rico and New York before moving to the Dexter area in 1967. He had worked for 25 years at the Mingo Job Corps as a supervisor. He was a member of Risen Church in Dexter and was a veteran of the U. S. Army.
Surviving are two daughters and spouses, Rebecca and Richard Warren of Dexter, Mo., and Robin Ann and Louis Spaccamonte of Kennewick, Wash.; six sons and spouses, Mike and Judy Deal, Roger Brinkley and Joshua Brinkley, all of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Bob and Christine Espada of Las Vegas, Nev., Eddie and Carla Espada, and John Espada, all of Kennewick, Wash.; 10 grandchildren, Mariah and Dalton Warren, Savannah Deal, Brandy and Shaun Alson, Michael and Anthony Armstrong, Hope Ivey, Thomas and Krista Espada; five great-grandchildren; four sisters, Engracia Espada-Morales Rivera and Carmen Espada-Morales Santiago, both of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, Maria Espada Morales of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and Antiona Espada-Morales Miranza of Boston, Mass.
Other family and friends also survive.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Pedro Espada-Morales and Jorge Espada-Morales, and one sister, Candida Espada-Morales Berrios.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, from 5 p.m.to 8 p.m. at Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter, Mo.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Risen Church in Dexter, Mo., with Rev. Josh Carpenter of Dexter officiating.
Interment will follow at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo., with full military honors. Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter is in charge of all arrangements.