OBITUARY

Steve Castillo

November 28, 1958July 23, 2020

Steve Rey Castillo, 62, was called home on July 23rd, 2020, after losing a three weeklong battle with COVID-19. Though he could not receive visitors as he departed, he was surrounded by the love and support of his family and friends. Steve was born in Houston, Texas to John and Enriqueta Castillo on November 28th, 1958. He grew up in a family of 17 siblings which taught him to be patient and humble. Steve attended Catholic school where his faith and education nurtured his character. Growing up, he loved to play baseball and basketball, and enjoyed the family volleyball tournaments at his family home. Throughout his life, he was a hardworking devoted employee to many companies in both the ice cream and auto industry. He raised three kids who will miss the special moments he created with them. Steve married his wife Diana Castillo on December 11th, 2010. Their union brought him great happiness and he never missed an opportunity to show her how much he loved her. Together they shared a beautiful blended family of seven children and 13 grandchildren. His favorite activities were cheering on all the Houston teams, as well as cooking and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, who he endearingly called “Po-Po’s babies.” He wore his heart on his sleeve and was a friend to all he met. He was known for helping his fellow man and doing selfless acts for others. He will be fondly remembered for his warm eyes and smile, his sense of humor, and his generosity. Steve is preceded in death by his parents Juan and Enriqueta, sisters Rachel Mireles, Rosie Sanchez, Irene Perez, and brother John Castillo. Steve is survived by his spouse Diana Castillo, first spouse Olga Castillo, children: Stephen Ray Castillo, Maricela Castillo (husband Daniel “Billy” Thompson), Mireya Castillo, Cindy Marez (husband Philip), Roland Rodriguez (wife Maria), Monica Rodriguez, Robert Rodriguez (Maghan); grandchildren: Alexandria Perez, Alejandro Rodriguez, Aaron Rodriguez, Jessica Rodriguez, Arturo Rodriguez, Aiden Marez, Donovan Marez, Gwendolyn Marez, Christopher Marez, Mychael Ramirez, Maleah Ramirez, Milah Rodriguez, and Matthew Rodriguez; siblings: Bill Castillo (wife Vera), Connie Garcia (Husband Luis), Charles Castillo, Frank Castillo (wife Diana), Sister Rachel Castillo, Jim Castillo, Robert Castillo (wife Sylvia), Richard Castillo (wife Anna), Joseph Castillo (wife Cupid), Ana Longoria (husband Glen). Paul Castillo (wife Mary Alice), and Michael Castillo (wife Criselda); as well as many loving nephews and nieces, whom all cherish the beloved memories left by Steve.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. followed by a Virtual wake rosary at Earthman’s Resthaven Funeral Home. Link to attend Virtual Rosary Service is listed next to the service date and time below. Just click the link "Join Livestream" next to the Rosary information.

There will be a Mass of Resurrection to be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Earthman’s Resthaven Cemetery. Rev. Tom Hawxhurst officiating at Mass and Gravesite Service.

The family will try and live-stream the mass via the Facebook group below. Link to attend Virtual Funeral Mass is listed next to the service date and time below. Just click the link "Join Livestream" next to the Funeral Mass information.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve Castillo's memory can be made to "Star of Hope" or the "Houston Food Bank". Clicking the name of the organization listed below, will redirect you to the website of that organization. If making a donation for the "Houston Food Bank", click the link below to direct family and friends to the memorial fund page to make a gift online, or text the code below to the number listed:

• Text "InMemory24" to 71777

Friends and family may also make a gift via check by mailing to the address below and indicating on the check or with a note that it is in honor of Steve Castillo.

"Houston Food Bank", 535 Portwall St., Houston, TX 77029

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Paul Castillo
  • Richard Castillo
  • Santiago Castillo
  • Stephen Castillo
  • Robert Rodriguez
  • Roland Rodriguez

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020

  • Rosary Service

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, August 6, 2020

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  • Committal Service

    Thursday, August 6, 2020

Memories

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Veronica “Bo” Castillo Robertson

August 6, 2020

My Uncle Steve was a great man who loved God, his family, friends, and life. He would do absolutely anything for anyone, even when it meant he would have to go without. He was a minister of his faith and a gentle soul with a compassionate spirit. He was also a great cook, an engaging story teller, a funky dancer, and a music connoisseur. He, too, was an adventurous road companion, a prankster, and fancied himself a jokester and comedian (with a body shaking laugh). But most importantly, he was an amazing brother and brother-in-law to all of his siblings (even those who were honorary family members), a best friend and loving spouse to his Honey Aunt Diana, a humble and serving son and son-in-law, a fun loving and happy go lucky Uncle to his numerous nieces and nephews, a warm and hard working dad for all of his children (both by blood and by marriage), an always available and ever generous Popo to his grand babies, and a dependable and loyal friend, colleague, and mentor to many others.
I’m so lucky to have been a part of his world and I’m blessed enough to remember the last time I saw him in person and the last (no mask/no worries) hug we shared...of all places it was in the gas station parking lot of the Kroger on Ella and 43rd in Houston 😊. What I wouldn’t give to feel the warmth of his embrace one more time.
So much love, so many laughs, so many memories (I can still hear him calling me “Miss Bo” and I’m sure going to miss sharing jokes via text or him sending me a “good one” through my dad).
I’m gonna listen to some Steely Dan radio while drinking a cold one, and then tell a few jokes today for you Tio. Te amo súper mucho. Rest well Uncle Steve, until we see each other again...

Douglas Frankel

August 5, 2020

I met Steve when he came to Murphysboro to see Sister Rachel. We hit it off from the get go, like we had known each other our whole life. Thank you for making me a part of the Castillo family. I am truly honored and humbled. I will look after our sister. Un abrazo a toda la Familia Castillo.
Descansa en Paz, mi Hermano.

Michael Rodriguez

August 5, 2020

My condolences to the Castillo family. Steve, I haven't seen you since we were kids. I remember my best summer as a kid. I was 12/13. You, Paul and I would play baseball or just toss the ball around. You guys were better athletes than me but yall didn't mind that I wasn't so good. You invited me to a bazzar at Our Lady of Guadalupe church. I went to your house. You and your family were very nice to me. You played Cat Stevens' "Tea for the Tillerman" and James Taylors' "Mudslide Slim and the Blue Horizon". That was the first time I'd heard those albums. You always offered food and a drink the couple times I went over. Thank you. I wish we had kept in touch through the years.

Joseph & Cupid Castillo

August 5, 2020

We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers.
These are trying times and have made things difficult for us to pay our respects and tributes as we would normally do. We continue to be a family of faith. Faith in GOD, faith in ourselves to continue our journey the way we were always taught to do. Be kind, forgiving and to keep Jesus in our hearts. We love your Steve. We will miss you but will continue to tell your stories and keep your memory alive. Give our dearly departed family a hug and a kiss from us. Diana and the family will be looked after brother , you can count on that.
🙏❤️

Mary L. Perez

July 31, 2020

Steve, you were a loving father to Stephen, Maricela and Mireya.
And still part of our family. After all, your sister, Rene was married to my brother-in-law Andrew Perez. And your nieces, Cathy and Sara are also our nieces. And Lisa and Phillip are also our niece and nephew. But everyone in the Rosas family missed you when you began a new chapter in your life. Richard and I were fortunate to have seen you off and on at most of the Perez family funerals and then at our Mom's funeral. Mom loved you so much. Thank you for being so thoughtful and caring by being there for us. Never did it cross my mind that the last time I saw you on Father's Day, June 21 (a month before you passed away) at Alexandria's first Holy Communion that it would be our last encounter. I wish I had given you a hug . . . but it was because of that dreadful virus that eventually took your life.
"But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone." Matthew 24:36
May the Lord keep you in His care and may you rest in peace . . .

Jesse Sanchez

July 31, 2020

Some of the best memories as a kid growing up where at this house on Vance street . Glad I was able to catch up a little bit at my nephew Josh’s wedding back in October Uncle Steve . Told you I started all over again and you were able to meet my Andrew and Gabriel and my beautiful wife Ashley . Give my parents and brother my love . Rest in Paradise Unc .

Gloria Jordan-Snnett

July 29, 2020

To Diana and family to know Steve was to love him. From the moment I met him he always had you smiling. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family on the passing of your beloved husband and my beloved friend. Words will not wipe away you tears and hugs will not ease the pain.But hold onto you memories because forever they will remain.

Maricela Castillo

July 29, 2020

My father was a giant among men. He will leave a void in our lives that can never be filled. I'm so grateful for all the wonderful memories he left me, and am truly blessed to have had him as a father.
And though I'm going to miss calling him after work and hearing him say "Hellooo Mazerella," and me replying "Hello Faja" like Goldfinger from Austin Powers (one of his favorite movies), his weekend barbecues, and his goofy (and sometimes not-so-PC) jokes, I know he is no longer suffering.
I look forward to the day when I can wrap my arms around him and stare into those beautiful loving eyes again.

Till we meet again, pops. - love, your Mazerella

This is a picture of my dad at his 60th birthday party showing us how he does the "sexy lips" look.

Gil Luera

July 29, 2020

Gil and Pat Luera and family offer our heartfelt condolences to Diana and the entire Castillo family on the loss of our Compadre Steve. It was my privilege to have known Steve in my youth and as an adult. We enjoyed many good times and am grateful for the wonderful memories that we will always cherish. We will miss you and rest in peace.

Martin DeLaO

July 29, 2020

Condolences to the Castillo family. I'll miss Steve's support and sense of humor. The memory of his laughter makes me smile even now during this saddest of times. Love and strength to all. Rest in peace, Steve.

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