Hillcrest Funeral Home

1060 North Carolina Drive, El Paso, TX


Jose B. Castro

7 octubre , 192913 enero , 2020

Jose Barron Castro, 90, passed away in his home on Monday January 13, 2020. He was born on October 7, 1929 in Fort Quitman, Texas to Camilo Barron and Maria Contreras. In 1951, Joe was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served in the 2nd Division 23rd Infantry in the Korean War. Joe was a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal recipient, along with Korean Service Medal (w/2 bronze service stars for battles at Heartbreak Ridge and Bloody Ridge), Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, the National Defense Service Medal, and United Nations Sevice Medal. Joe was Honorably discharged as a Staff Sargent in 1956. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Vera. Joe and Vera had eight children, to include four sons, Albert (deceased) (survived by Yvonne), Felix (Bonnie), Aaron (Kathy), Joaquin and four daughters, Lucille Ordway (Lenny), Leticia Avila (Jorge), Louise Pando (Raul), and Amanda Brown (Gilbert). Joe and Vera have nineteen grandchildren, thirty-one great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. Joe is preceded in death by his parents Camilo and Maria, his brothers Jesus, Abundio, Alberto, Carlos, Camilo and Rocky, along with his sisters Candelaria, Luz Maria, Lupe, and Socorro. Joe leaves behind his beloved sister Anita Ruvalcaba and brother Joaquin Barron. Joe and Vera moved the family to El Paso in 1969 from San Jose, California where he worked as an electronics specialist at Ford Motor Company for over 15 years. Joe began work in El Paso at Crest Milk as a supervisor for over 5 years before moving on to become an electronics specialist at GUS Manufacturing. Joe eventually retired in 1993 from Rockwell/Boeing International as an electronics specialist. As a young man living in California, Joe was an avid competition boxer. In El Paso his passion was baseball, playing and coaching for over 30 years, with teams to include the El Paso Aces, El Paso Jalapenos, El Paso GPI, and the El Paso Kings. Joe was a full-fledged NFL Raiders fan since the late 1950’s from watching them practice at the old Oakland polo grounds (semi-pro years). Visitation will be Monday, January 20, 2020 from 5pm-9pm, and vigil at 7pm at Hillcrest Funeral Home-Carolina. Funeral mass will take place Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 12:30pm at San Antonio de Padua Catholic Church with interment to follow at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery with military honors. Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Hillcrest Funeral Home (915) 598.3332.


  • Vera Castro, Wife
  • Albert B. Castro, Son (deceased)
  • Felix R. Castro, Son
  • Aaron T. Castro, Son
  • Joaquin Castro, Son
  • Lucille C. Ordway, Daughter
  • Leticia C. Avila, Daughter
  • Louise C. Pando, Daughter
  • Amanda Brown, Daughter
  • Joaquin Barron, Brother
  • Anita Ruvalcaba, Sister
  • Mr. Castro also leaves behind 19 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren to cherish his memories.

  • Anthony Silva, Pallbearer
  • David Zamorano, Pallbearer
  • Isaac Pando, Pallbearer
  • Ivan Pando, Pallbearer
  • Marcos Castro, Pallbearer
  • Vincent Castro, Pallbearer


  • Visitation lunes, 20 enero , 2020
  • Vigil lunes, 20 enero , 2020
  • Funeral Mass martes, 21 enero , 2020
  • Burial martes, 21 enero , 2020


Jose B. Castro


Ray Gonzalez

18 enero , 2020

Growing up I never had a Grandfather, But Mr. Castro filled that void. We didn’t spend to much time together, but when we did - He always made me feel like I was part of his beautiful Family. I kind of adopted him Grandpa Joe from the beginning. I never actually called him that, but in my heart I truly wanted to. I was witness to his accomplishment, his honor and love for his country, family and his Raiders and could only pray that maybe one day someone would stop and look at me in the same way. I truly can say that Heaven will be honored to greet him this day for he was a pure and loving spirit here on earth and influenced everyone who knew him. I will miss you Grandpa Joe and thank you for being a part of my Life.

De Anna Chinery

18 enero , 2020

I will always remember you grandpa because there will never be another one to replace you in my heart, and the love I will always have for you.
Until I see you again...

Rosie Nevarez

18 enero , 2020

Mr. Castro work very hard for his family. For Mr. Castro family came first. He was a very nice man who would welcome anybody into his home. What I admire most about Mr. Castro is his beautiful close knit family. He brought up his children with great morals. A very beautiful family that love each other very much !
Mr. Castro it was a pleasure growing up with you 💕🙏
RIP Mr. Joe Castro you will be greatly missed! 💕🙏


17 enero , 2020

Grandpa, always and forever I will cherish the little things...from you helping me with my homework to watching your westerns & classic movies together....the way you loved me and my little family...the first time you met Angel, the first time you saw my babies, being there for the school events for me and them....always making us laugh....I will forever miss you until my last breath...your memory will never die...I love you always and forever 💓

Leticia C. Avila

17 enero , 2020

I just miss you, dad.
How everything has changed.
But my heart is at peace knowing
that you are in paradise , whole body again without limits.

Kat and Danny Tapia

17 enero , 2020

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. What a beautiful family Mr. And Mrs. Castro created, and we know they will continue Mr. Castro's legacy in such a beautiful way. The Castros have been a blessing in our lives, and we wish you comfort and healing during this time. God bless!
With Love, Kat and Danny Tapia