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Armando Lira
(06-12-1951 - 02-13-2021)

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Armando Lira, 69, of Elgin, passed away on Saturday, February 13th, 2021 at Amita St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. He was born on June 12th, 1951 in Allende, Coahuila, Mexico, the son of Rito & Sara Lira Rosales. His parents brought him and his siblings to the United States in 1954.
Armando was raised working on a farm in Racine, WI during his childhood, which instilled in him a strong work ethic. He was drafted into the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War. He came to faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized in 1980 at First Baptist Church of Bensenville. One of his greatest commitments was to raise his children in the knowledge of the Lord and His Word. He spent the majority of his working years as a truck driver, hauling cement and gravel for construction companies. Armando had a strong love for his family and enjoyed spending time with them, especially his grandchildren. He was interested in airplanes and muscle cars. He was a quiet and humble man who also demonstrated his strength in how he selflessly sacrificed for and served his family.
He is survived by his loving wife Susan G. Lira (Carol), and their children, Aaron Lira, Daniel (Emily) Lira, and Rebecca Lynn (Patrick) Miller. He has four grandchildren, Abigail Lira (8), Caleb Lira (5), Naomi Lira (3) and Joshua Lira (1). Armando is also survived by his siblings: Raul (Guadalupe) Lira, Rosa De Los Santos, Raquel (Jesus) Vasquez, Juan (Rosa) Lira, Roberto (Bonnie) Lira, Mario (Lali) Lira, and Idalia Lira.
He was preceded in death by his father Rito Lira (d. 1985), his mother Sara Rosales Lira (d. 1994), and his older brother Rogelio Lira (d. 2017).
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 11:00 AM at New Covenant Bible Church, 4N780 N. Randall Rd., St. Charles, IL 60178. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin, IL. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4-8 PM in the Laird Funeral Home, 310 S. State St., Elgin and on Saturday morning at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of services.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to one of Armando’s favorite charities, Samaritan’s Purse or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
For information 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.

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