Pedro Cruz Jr. went to heaven on January 23rd 2023. He was the most incredible man, husband, Father and Grandfather. The most supportive, understanding and generous man most will ever meet. He was a proud Army veteran that fought in the front lines of the Vietnam War and the first Gulf War. He was an American Soldier that fought for his country all his life. A true American hero! He was OUR hero.
He was preceded in death by his son Edwardo Cruz who went to heaven on June 16th 2022 at the young age of 40, his sister Angie Cruz Iglesias, Father Pedro Cruz Sr and mom Evangelina Cruz. Left behind to continue his legacy is his wife Yolanda Navarro Cruz, 54 years of precious love and marriage. Daughter Sandra Cruz Alonzo, son in law Adolf Alonzo, Son Pedro (Peter) Cruz III. Grandsons Aaron Andrew Alonzo and Alan Conrad Alonzo. Brother Jessie Cruz (Nelda), sister Eudelia Cruz Pedraza and of course all of his cousins and nephews and uncles and aunts and countless friends that became family.
He worked in the steel industry for over 40 years. When he came back from the Vietnam War he started work for Palmer Steel in 1970. He continued to work there for 20 years then worked for Rio Grande Steel until his retirement in 2010. He worked under his godfather and mentor Hector Maldonado for all 40 years. We love you daddy. Please take care of Eddie. We will see you both in Heaven when our time comes.
Visitations will be held from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm Monday, January 30, 2023 at Rivera Funeral Home of McAllen with a holy rosary at 6:30 pm. Funeral service will be held 9:30 am Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at St. Joseph the Worker. Interment will follow at 11:00 am Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at Rio Grande Valley State Vets Cemetery. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Rivera Funeral Home of McAllen.