Rafael G. Cruz, age 86, went to join our Heavenly Father on July 4, 2011. He suffered with congestive heart failure and had endured four heart attacks prior to his death. He worked for Reynolds for thirty years before his retirement.
Rafael was a life long resident of Taft, Texas. He had a great love of family, particularly, his children. He is preceded in death by one son, Luis Cruz; his parents, Candido and Maria Cruz; four brothers; and two sisters.
Rafael is survived by his loving wife of sixty-three years, Alejandra Cruz. He also leaves behind four sons: Ralph (Ida) Cruz, Eusebio Cruz, George (Sylvia) Cruz, and Sam (Mary Ann) Cruz; eleven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren; three brothers: Miguel, Augustine and Israel Cruz; three sisters: Elida Sauceda, Inez Castillo, and Sister Maxie Cruz.
Visitation will be on Thursday, July 7, 2011, from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be Friday, July 8, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Francisco Lopez officiating. Burial will follow the service at The Palms Memorial Gardens, Portland, Texas.