Marsh Funeral Home

305 N Cemetery Rd, Gurnee, IL


Rogelio Cantú

August 15, 1938November 29, 2019

Rogelio Cantú, 81, went home to be with the Lord on November 29th, 2019. He was born in Los Herreras, Nuevo León, Mexico, spending his early years in Comales, Tamaulipas and Monterrey, Nuevo León. At the age of 21, he moved to Waukegan, IL where he spent the rest of his life and raised his family. During his time here, his earlier jobs included Griess-Pfleger Tanning Co., Waukegan North Chicago Transit Company, and Anheuser Busch. He later became a member of the Teamsters Local 731 where he retired after 31 years.

He was married to the love of his life, Martha Loéra, in 1964 and they proudly raised 10 children together. In addition to his wife, Martha, he is survived by 5 daughters: Irma (Jose Luis) Garza, Martha (Angel) Acosta, Estela (Mario) Ruiz, Sonia (Miguel) Guadiana, Brenda (Damian) Escamilla, 5 sons: Rogelio Cantú Jr., Jaime (Noelia) Cantú, Oscar (Olga) Cantú, Ricardo (Leonor) Cantú, and Edgar (Patricia) Cantú, 29 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. He is survived by three brothers and one sister and was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

Rogelio considered himself to be very blessed and was extremely proud of his large family. He enjoyed family gatherings, cooking out, and playing his favorite card game, “paco” with his daughters. He was especially close to his two brothers, Guadalupe and Florencio. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking. He had a passion for traditional music and its history and loved, especially, his Spanish classics, los trios, and dancing the tango. He was a huge prankster with his grandchildren and enjoyed having fun with them. His sense of humor will be greatly missed. He leaves a huge void in our hearts but also a great legacy of hard-work, love, and his greatest treasure, family.

Visitation will be on Thursday, December 5th from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. at Marsh Funeral Home in Gurnee. Funeral Mass will be at Holy Family Church in Waukegan on Friday, December 6th at 10:00 A.M. Interment will be private.


  • Visitation Thursday, December 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 6, 2019


Rogelio Cantú

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Melanie Garza

December 6, 2019

Hi welo, it’s me again... Meli. it’s 12/06/19 6:17pm... today was hard. These last couple days have been hard. I didn’t say in my last post.. how thankful I am for the family you & wela built. We are so blessed. These last couple of days have humbled me... To look around and see all this loving, caring family. Thank you... I wouldn’t trade this for anything in the world. I have random outburst of tears, but I know with time it’ll get better. I love you, we love you and we miss you. Watch over us, watch over wela. Until we meet again ❤️

Junior & Rita Ruiz

December 6, 2019

I am deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. My condolences. Despite the loss of the physical presence of your father. We know that God has assigned him to watch over you throughout your life.
At this time and during these moments are where there are no words to express that will make the pain go away as that I know you were very close to your father as well as your whole family was and that is a great lost but his memory will forever live among all of you hugs and much love 🙏🏼💗
Junior & Rita Ruiz

Pepe Cuevas

December 5, 2019

Mr Cantu,
I don't even know where to begin.
Stern apartments will be forever in my heart.
I met your wonderful family there.
Seems like Mr Cantu had cookouts on little porch every weekend, listening to his records, and drinking his Budweisers.
I would go visit them and go down 2 stairs to go into kitchen.
Playing kickball, baseball, tag, marbles, and riding bikes around the building was soooo much fun. I didn't want to go home.
Don't run on top of Brandy's roof or he would come up.
When they move to Jackson St, I still went over to visit them.
Hermanos MacGyver Cantu showed me how to get all cable channels with a needle!! The wooden telephones Mr Cantu build to take to Mexico were awesome.
I will always remember you!!
Love and miss you

Adolfo Acosta

December 5, 2019

Wuelo, I want to start off by saying thank you. Thank you for everything you have done and sacrificed for me and our big family, thank you for sharing your stories that everyone enjoyed, thank you for leaving a legacy and for building a path for us all to follow. Never in a million years would I have expected to lose you so soon, but I can proudly say that I’m glad we all shared the love and laughter every time we got to see you. This is a hard time for me and our family right now but I know you wouldn’t have wanted us to weep in our sorrows. I love you for being the best husband, father, and grandfather that you were. I hope one day we can share another memory of us sitting on our recliners and watching hours of tv together. I hope I get to see you and hold your hand one last time. Lastly, one day I hope I get to hear you say “bye mijito” for the last time...

I love you for forever


Brenda Cantu-Escamilla

December 5, 2019

Hi Papi,
I would give anything to hear your
“Hi mijita” response right now. 😓
I am shattered beyond disbelief. My heart aches and cries knowing you are no longer with us. We were not ready for you to go. I was not ready to let you go.
I had so much faith and hope knowing we would get through this. 💔😓😓
I take peace in knowing Gods calling was a peaceful one and you were not alone. I am thankful to have been there to rub your feet one last time, to rub your back one last time, to kiss you one last time. To hold your warm hand one last time. I gave you my last kiss and I can still see your face looking at me. I wish I could see that one more time. 💔😓
I am so proud of my siblings knowing we worked hand in hand daily through every obstacle to make sure we never left your side for even a second for the last couple of months.
I thank you for my siblings and the family you leave behind. Not many can proudly say “We come from a family of 10 and live and are very close to one another.” That, was your first and foremost goal. To always keep us together. You told us your pain and suffering as a child growing up and always made sure life didn’t repeat itself.
They say we become what we learn. We are a awesome damn family because that’s what you were. Awesome to raise 10 healthy ass kids.
You’ve instilled in us a part of you that we are very proud of. Your tough Love, Your hard work, discipline, your kindness your generosity, your honesty. You were a huge role model for all.
I can’t express how proud your grand children are to have had you. To hear your stories of back in the day when you were a truck driver, when you drove the busses and all the people you interacted with. The jokes, the pranks, the walks to the bus stop with my boys in particular.
I will never forget Brandon at the age of 6-8 coming home and saying “I want welo to walk me instead of you because you walk too fast and welo walks slow like me” lol

Brenda Cantu-Escamilla

December 5, 2019

Papi, I will cherish every moment and memory of our time we spent together, from our crazy Monday rides to Walmart, then you making me drive from Waukegan to Gurnee to Zion, and then asking if I was tired? lol All while listening to your favorite music and laughing, crying and reminiscing about life along the way. I would give anything to have that one more time.
I wish I could have one more Paco night para chingarnos ah Sonia, Irma y Karina. I am saving my silver dollars because we will be together and play again one day.
Damian se le salen las lagrimas pensando que íbamos ah tenerte una ves más para hacerte tu cafecito por las mañanas. Fuisteis un gran suegro para el y si supieras como platicaba las historias de su suegro en el rancho. Estaba tan orgulloso de ti papi aunque nunca te lo dijo. You will always be my pride, my joy, my happiness, the best father a daughter could ever be blessed with. I know our good Lord has a V I P room for you because you did a heck of a job with your kids. Thank you for everything.
Rest In Heaven Papi, we will see each other again. I Love you for ever,
Brenda, tu hijita la más bonita como me decías. ❤️

Sonia Cantú Guadiana

December 4, 2019

Life will never be the same. We were not ready to let you go that day! I’m grateful you were not alone when you left us. We were shattered but, you found peace. Those who were with you in your final moments will forever hold a special bond. The void you left can never be filled.
Thank you for all the siblings you gave me. People thought you were crazy for having so many kids but, thank God you never took anyone’s advice on that. These days we have been carrying each other through this difficult time. We are so blessed to have you as our father. How you managed to keep us all so united and full of love for each other is beyond belief. God will pat you on the back for that one! Your grandkids loved you so much. You were the best Welo they could ever have. When you would show up at the family gatherings, the kids would drop everything and walk you in like a trophy. Thank you for all the stories and love you gave each of them. You left them such beautiful memories.
We had fun playing paco and I would give anything to play another round with you again. I would even let you win! Ask God for half dollars so you can start saving. We will play again in heaven one day! You measured your wealth by the size of your family. You always said you were rich in kids.
Rest In Peace as we will take care of mom until she meets with you again. Please watch over each and everyone of us.
You live in my heart. I love you papí.

Miguel Guadiana

December 4, 2019

Mi suegro todavía no puedo asimilar que dios te llevo con el siempre te voy a recordar como lo que significaste para mi mi segundo padre siempre me hablabas para platicar de todo y nos íbamos a comprar tacos ya no puedo escribir más se me llenan los ojos de lagrimas asta pronto mi querido suegro de tu yerno Miguel 🙏🙏

Marlo Guadiana

December 4, 2019

I have so many memories with my welo❤️, he would take me to the thrift shop on Wednesday so he could get his senior discount and he’d tell me to grab anything I wanted and he’d get it for me. And most times when he would come over he’d bring us pizza from little Cesar’s and he just wanted us to eat 😭💕. I love you welo I appreciate everything you did for me and you gave me the best memories to remeber of you ❤️, I wish you were still here with me so we could take many more photos together and go thrifting together. Nothing will be the same but ima live my life honoring you welo ❤️

Oscar Cantu

December 4, 2019

(Part 1)
Querido papi
I don’t even know where to begin.
First of all , thank you for my loving mother, brothers & sisters.
I can’t find words strong enough to describe what you mean to me
& my growing family.
I take great pride in telling everyone about my large family at any given chance when family conversations come about.
I learned that from you.
As years gone by , I realize
there are so many habits I have picked up from you without realizing it until I thought about it after repeatedly doing
that certain thing.
Some good ,some funny ,
& some that are just unique
CANTU’ family habits.
I take such extreme pride in that.
I say extreme because certain habits that I now have & do are ones I didn’t like growing up.
Now I know they are essential in being a part of this great group of siblings.
When Some habits are
noticed by other siblings , there is always a pause , then a
“You’re just like
mom / dad” saying...
If there is something
you like about me, I got that
from my dad...
My father never ever cared what anyone thought about how he lived his life, all he cared for was to provide for his family.
He made sure there was always food on the table,clothes on our backs & shoes on our feet.
Soooo many memories have crossed my mind in these trying
days , that I will share my most favorite.
That being of all twelve of us t