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Miguel Luna

April 4, 1926 - May 31, 2012
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Miguel Luna Macias was a prominent U.S. Citizen and beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He passed away at 5:50am on Thursday May 31st from complications due to the horrendous disease, pulmonary fibrosis. He was born on April 4th, 1926 in El Llano, Michoacan, Mexico to Miguel Luna and Maria Macias. Miguel Luna started his livelihood in the United States by working in Salinas, California. With a personality, often larger than life, he seemed like a character straight from the novels of John Steinbeck or the teacher from Ecclesiastes – "Vanities of vanity, all is vanity". Miguel Luna worked as a farmhand picking...
Miguel Luna Macias was a prominent U.S. Citizen and beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He passed away at 5:50am on Thursday May 31st from complications due to the horrendous disease, pulmonary fibrosis.

He was born on April 4th, 1926 in El Llano, Michoacan, Mexico to Miguel Luna and Maria Macias. Miguel Luna started his livelihood in the United States by working in Salinas, California. With a personality, often larger than life, he seemed like a character straight from the novels of John Steinbeck or the teacher from Ecclesiastes – "Vanities of vanity, all is vanity". Miguel Luna worked as a farmhand picking heads of lettuce; yet, he was also the quintessential immigrant to the United States who brought a strong work ethic and passion for his family and community.

Mr. Luna would relocate to St. Louis, Mo. where he was employed and would retire years under General Motors. In his 33 years at GM he never missed one day of work. Miguel Luna embraced the values of mid-west America and he would come to adopt St. Louis as his home around the time that Cervantes was mayor.

Always the entrepreneur, Mr. Luna engaged in various small businesses but found a true passion for playing his trumpet with his sons in the Miguel Luna Orchestra. The Miguel Luna Orchestra became one of St. Louis' first Latin Bands to play in the gateway to the west.

Mr. Miguel Luna was preceded in death by 27 days by his beautiful wife, Maria Salud Luna. He also left seven sons, Miguel Luna (deceased), Erenesto Luna, Alberto Luna (deceased), Gildardo Luna, Salvador Luna and four daughters, Rosa Medina, Olivia Salanik, Bertha Pedroni and the youngest, Maria Moreno Luna. Mr. Luna, like the iconical Job, who started a new life in the United States, was also blessed with 39 grandchildren and 47 plus great-grandchildren. Mr. Luna will greatly be missed; he has been a source of inspiration for many.

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