OBITUARY

Alfred Lucas Cruz

December 29, 1951October 8, 2012
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Alfred Lucas Cruz, 60, lost his valiant battle to cancer on Monday, October 8th surrounded by the love of his family.

He graduated in the class of 1970 from Caprock High School in Amarillo, Texas. He married Rayleen Hillier in 1980. He worked as a USPS mail carrier in Amarillo and Denver most of his life and greatly enjoyed the coworkers and friendships that he gained along the way.

His Sunday ritual was a round of golf and lunch with the guys. This became even more special when his son, Kyle, joined him. Kyle, even at a young age, knew how to show Dad up. For years, Al coached his daughter, Kellye, in softball. The family made a summer out of traveling around Colorado for tournaments.

His true passion in life was the Texas Longhorns. He tried to attend as many games as he could and religiously watched and followed the Longhorn football team through many years. One of the best nights of his life was spent in Austin at the Alamo Drafthouse with his family watching as the Longhorns won the national championship game in 2005.

Al is survived by his wife, Rayleen; and two children, Kyle (Erin) and Kellye (David). He is also survived by his brothers and sisters: Tony (Cindy), Ofelia (Bobby), Evelyn, Gilda (Cameron), Thelma (James), Charlie, Pauline (Sidney), and Lily along with two sisters in law: Carole (Mike) and Rena (Kevin) and his mother in law, Theresa. He also leaves numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, and dear friends and family.

He was preceded death by his mother (Eva), father (Antonio), father in law (Charlie), and sister (Gloria), who welcomed him to heaven with open arms.

The Cruz family would like to thank the many doctors and nurses who cared for Al during his numerous hospital stays. The care and compassion that you all provided is very much appreciated. There is a special place in our heart for those who made his last days as comfortable as possible.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 11, 2012 with a 7:00 p.m., Rosary service at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 12, 2012 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 4800 Convict Hill Road.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • Rosary Service

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, October 12, 2012

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Nate

October 12, 2012

May the God of all comfort grant peace to Al's family during this difficult time. We can look forward to the fulfillment of God's promise when "No resident will say I am sick."-Is 33:24

Leo Tamez

October 11, 2012

To the Cruz family .. Our condolences and our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. I had not seen Al in years, but, I know that he was a fighter and fought a long hard battle. God Bless him and the entire family.

Victoria Williams

October 11, 2012

The Cruz Families, My deepest condolences for your loss. I have reflected on the times we would come over to the Amarillo house and just hang out. So many of us there to enjoy our early childhood together. It was a wonderful memory for me to once again visit with him at my last visit in San Antonio. Rayleen, you were his true Angel. God bless you. Sincere and heartfelt sympathy, Victoria Flores Williams

sloan cruz

October 11, 2012

We will always love you uncle big Al. We have all had such great times with you and will always cherish them. We will miss you.

October 11, 2012

To all the Cruz family. May God bless all of you in your time of sorrow. Alfred was a wonderful person to be with when we were growing up. I will always remember our sandlot football games at Lawndale Park and going to watch him play sofball. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Tony Reynoso and Family Kettering,Ohio

Gary Stasko

October 11, 2012

Mrs.Cruz &Family...My deepest condolences to the entire Cruz family.You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I always enjoyed my Longhorn conversations and talking shop with Al...He will be sadly missed by me and his fellow USPS co-workers. Rest in Peace Alfred...Your postman and friend,Gary

Shawn & Danielle Witkowski

October 11, 2012

Growing up, I always thought of Al and Rayleen as my second parents. Al was a great man and I will always have many fond memories of him. Eventhough he is no longer with us, those memories will live on forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this hard time.

Lizette Tandy

October 11, 2012

My prayers are with you. Just know he is out of pain (and now playing limitless golf). He has given us all a wonderful gift-his family to keep with us during our journey here on this earth.

Moore Family

October 10, 2012

True love-until death do us part. I witnessed it first hand. Rayleen, I can not thank you enough for everything you did for my brother. I saw the care that you gave him, the kisses and the I love you's. He was so blessed to have you. You were the love of his life and a real angel to him and in the last year taking him on a cruise, Hawaii, Niagra Falls and anywhere he wanted to go and finally bringing him to the Austin area where he always wanted to live. Thank you for inviting everyone to come and sit with him which gave our brothers and sisters that special time this past week. I will always be grateful. Know that you, Kyle & Erin and Kellye & David will be in our prayers. Love you, Gilda

October 10, 2012

Our sincere sympathy to your entire family. You are in our toughts and prayers. Kimberly, Lyle, Todd, Luis, Pete and Sam at My Mechanic.

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