Florencio “Floyd” Pacheco, 98, of North Platte passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 at the North Platte Care Center.
Floyd was born on July 14, 1921 in Rainsville, N.M. to Margrito and Ricarita (Lopez) Pacheco. He grew up in New Mexico working with his family farming and on harvest crews and later in the lead mines on Colorado.
He married Elizabeth “Bessie” Mares Dec. 1, 1941 in Rainsville. She preceded him in death on Dec. 27, 1985.
Floyd hired on with the Union Pacific Railroad in Cheyenne and moved to North Platte when they built Bailey Yards. He worked as a Foreman in the Pacific Fruit Express Department retiring in 1982 after 31 years of service.
He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church for over 70 years, coached a softball team for over 20 years, winning several state championships, enjoyed riding his bike, cycling at least 10 miles a day when he was younger, was an assistant coach for the North Platte Special Olympics swim team, and was a girl scout and boy scout volunteer.
Floyd was past President of the Union Pacific Employees Club.
He was a good husband, father, and grandfather who was very kind and supportive. He worked second jobs for many years to provide for his family, and will always be remembered as the strong silent patriarch of the family.
Survivors include his children, Art Pacheco, Pearl (Rex) Seal, and Richard Pacheco, all of North Platte and Sandy (Gary) Steinbeck of Omaha; seven half-brothers and sisters; and other family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Bessie; son, Ed Pacheco; grandson, Charles; brother, Donny; and sister, Vitalia Cardenas.
Mass of Christian Burial was Aug. 31 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Rev. Vijumon Choorackal as celebrant. Burial followed at the North Platte Cemetery. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be shared at adamsswanson.com.