John (Johnny) S. Cantu, age 90, of Bloomington, Tx., passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. He was born on September 7, 1929 in San Juan, Tx., to the late Justo Cantu and Aurelia Salinas Cantu. He is survived by his wife; Mary S. Cantu of Bloomington, daughter; Christina Ann Pinon (Salvador) of Bloomington, sons; Daniel Eutimio Cantu (Sally) of Bloomington, Lee Andrew Cantu (Amy) of Victoria, sister; Manuela “Mamie” Gonzales (Americo) of San Antonio, 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter; Cinthia Luana Cantu, sisters; Guadalupe “Lupe” Chapa, and Emma Pena, brothers; Silvestre Cantu and Raymundo Cantu. John attended school in Pharr, Texas and graduated in 1949 and earned his Associates of Applied Science shortly thereafter. In 1951, he was drafted by the US Army during the Korean War and attended basic training in Camp Polk, Louisiana. He was a Private First Class when the war ended in 1953. He then traveled back to Placedo, Texas and began working for Union Carbide in Seadrift, Texas in 1954. He married the love of his life, Mary S. Cantu, on July 23, 1957. They had four children. While John worked at Union Carbide. Mary ran Cantu’s Café for 17 years. John retired in 1988. He was very active in the Bloomington Community. He taught GED classes, taught many Spanish speaking citizens English, and 4H/FFA ceramic classes as well. He served as a Carcass Beef Superintendent for 30 years. He was a photographer for the Bloomington Newsletter. He enjoyed raising animals and working in his garden with his wife and children. Visitation will begin on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 5pm to 9pm with a Rosary to be recited at 7pm at Angel Lucy’s Funeral Home in Victoria. Visitation will resume on Wednesday,November 6, 2019 at 9am with Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Bloomington. Burial to follow at San Jose Cemetery in Bloomington. Pallbearers will be Daniel Cantu, Chuck DeLeon, Andrew Cantu, Gabriel Cantu, Jonathan Cantu and Devin Pinon. Honorary Pallbearers will be Justin Cantu, John Cantu and Ethan Smith. Under the direction of Angel Lucy’s Funeral Home in Victoria, Tx., 361-575-3212.
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