Dionicio Miranda Jr., 68, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Dionicio was born on October 9, 1944 in Asherton, Texas to Juanita Garcia and Dionicio Miranda Sr.  Dionicio was raised in Asherton and graduated from St. Thomas School.  He married Amelia Deleon on February 20, 1961 and together they had 6 children.  Dio was a hard working man and was well liked by all he met.  Dio and his family migrated to Minnesota every summer to work and eventually made Minnesota his home in 1992.   Dio earned a degree from Moorhead Tech in the Culinary Arts, and Mohler Barber School.  He worked for Matrix properties until his diagnosis in August 2011.  Dio was an entreprenuer at heart.  Every summer for over 15 yrs, he enjoyed running his Wrought Iron booth at the Shady Hollow Flea Market in Detroit Lakes.  Dio and his family also ran "Papa Dio's" food stand at the flea market for a couple of years.   He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren every day.

Dionicio is survived by his wife Amelia, his children , Cristina Riojas, Fargo,  David (Otila) Miranda, Lucia Sanchez,  Linda Cruz, Daniel Miranda, and Pablo Miranda, all Moorhead, 2 sisters, Elena (Armando) Criel, Carrizo Springs, TX, Angelita (Frank) Ramirez, Asherton, TX, 1 brother Valentin (Sylvia) Miranda, and a cousin who was raised as a brother, Angel Miranda, IL,  15 grandchildren, and 29 great- grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, Antonio Miranda and Jose Miranda.

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