Juan Rodriguez Cruz
Juan Rodriguez Cruz
  • August 16, 1946 - September 2, 2015
  • Taft, Texas

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Juan R. Cruz, Jr. passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at the age of 69. He was born in Taft, Texas on August 16, 1946 to Juan and Angelmira Cruz, Sr.

Juan graduated from Taft High School in 1966 and joined the U.S. Army in October of the same year. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. He was a VFW Charter member for thirty-six years and served as Post Commander for VFW Post 9318 in Taft from 1980 until 1984. Juan was employed by Corpus Christi Army Depot for fifteen years until his medical retirement in 2003.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Juan is survived by his wife, Beatriz Cruz; son, Samuel Cruz (Annette Saldivar); daughters, Selena Cruz and Sarah Cruz; granddaughter, Caylee Cruz; brothers: Jose (Cindy) Cruz of Portland, Arnaldo (Ludy) Cruz of Corpus Christi, Humberto Cruz, Manuel Cruz, Billy (Irma) Cruz and Chris (Melody) Cruz all of Taft; sister, Irma (Guadalupe) Olvera; many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, September 4, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home Chapel, 204 N. Meyer, Taft, Texas 78390. Funeral Mass will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 5, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Taft. Burial will follow in Taft Memorial Park.

Condolences may be offered at colonialfuneralhometaft.com.