William De La Cruz

September 19, 1924December 29, 2012

William De La Cruz, 88, of Hernando, FL, passed away on Sat. Dec. 29, 2012 at Hospice House in Lecanto. A native of Denver, CO, he was born Sept. 19, 1924 to Juan and Cleotilda (Martinez) De La Cruz, one of nine children. He was raised in Cheyenne, WY and his family then moved to California. Mr. De La Cruz was a quality assurance analyst in the aerospace industry, most recently with Rockwell International, a position from which he retired. He also held positions with Hughes Aircraft and Ford Aerospace during his career and also served his country for more than 20 years in the U.S. Navy. Bill, as he was known by many, moved to Citrus County in 1979 from Ferrisburg, VT and was a parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Beverly Hills, FL. He is survived by his wife of nearly 38 years, Barbara A. (Gumm) De La Cruz, Hernando; his seven children: Judith Ann Williams (David), Rio Rancho, NM; Katherine Mary Kincer (Larry), Marietta, GA; Rich De La Cruz (Becky), Silver Lake, WI; Lawrence Bennett (Susan), Miami, FL; William Francis De La Cruz (Lora), Boulder, CO; Kathy Ann Williams (Kenneth), Mission Vallejo, CA and Howard William Bennett (Emma), Miami, FL; siblings Stella Daggy and Joe and John De La Cruz, all of California; 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by a daughter, Lee Ann De La Cruz, in 1971 and siblings Frank, Salvatore, Jimmy, Beatrice and Diana as well as a grandson, Robert. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thurs., Jan, 3, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. from Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Beverly Hills. Interment will follow at Fero Memorial Gardens with military honors rendered by the U.S. Navy. Friends will be received on Wed., Jan. 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Fero Funeral Home, Beverly Hills. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464


  • Friends Will Be Received Wednesday, January 2, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, January 3, 2013
  • Catholic Rite of Committal Thursday, January 3, 2013

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Barbara Your Love

April 5, 2013

Can't stop crying any timeI think of you. Miss you so much.

Marietta (Martinez) Calva

January 3, 2013

Uncle Bill I loved you very much. I always looked forward to visiting you when you lived in Laguna Nigel. You made me feel so special. My mother also loved you so much. She always was excited to see you. God bless and rest in peace. Give my mom and Toni and Victor a hug for me. Until we see each other again

Fernando & Doris Martinez

January 3, 2013

Uncle Bill, you were an inspiration and role model. I always will remember the times we spent at your home in CA. Rest in Peace Uncle. You are in our prayers. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Barbara, in this sad time. Love you both. Your nephew Fernando Martinez (Fern, Bea's son)

January 1, 2013

Dear Barbara.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Our love.
Linda and Bob Olsen.Katy , Texas


January 1, 2013

Judi DeLa Cruz-Williams

January 1, 2013

Dad, grandpa, great-grandpa. We will always love and miss you. We will especially miss the silly faces the girls love so much. You will be forever in our hearts. Please find Lee and tell her how much I miss her. We love you, your girls, Judi, Heather, Echo and Autumn. Dave also says so long. WE LOVE YOU