Antonio Cecena Jr.
January 22, 1933 – May 17, 2020
Antonio Cecena Jr of Kansas City, Kansas passed away on May 17, 2020 at his home. He was 87 years old. A “drive-up” style visitation will take place on Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 pm. Come, offer your condolences to Antonio’s family, and pay final respects to Antonio while following social distancing guidelines from the safety of you vehicle. There will be a virtual funeral service the following day, Friday, May 22, 2020 starting at 10:30 am. Please log on to facebook.com/chapelhillbutler to view the livestream of Antonio’s service. Shortly before the appointed time, the livestream will begin. If you do not see the livestream on your screen, please refresh your screen. You might need to scroll down to see the livestream.
Antonio was born on January 22, 1933 in Kansas City, Kansas to Juana and Antonio Cecena Sr. He married the love of his life Rose Marie Amayo on January 1, 1957. Antonio worked as a manufacture worker at Colgate for many years. One of Antonio proudest accomplishment was the time he served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.
Antonio was a member of the Pan American Boxing Assoc., Mexican-American Softball League, which he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, St. Patrick’s Church where he and his wife attended regular. He was an avid sports fan of the KU Jayhawks, KC Chiefs and KC Royals.
Antonio was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio Sr. and Juana Cecena; brother Richard Cecena Sr., sisters; Alvina Galvan, Mary Salas and Anna Marie Batrez.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Rose Marie; his children, Monica (Robert) Perez, Anthony (Donna ) Cecena and Michael (Roseann) Cecena. Also his beloved sister Ernestine Robles, many niece's nephew's, 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
- Robert Andrew Perez
- Jose' Madera
- John Michael Contreras
- Robert Perez
- Anthony Cecena
- Michael Cecena
- Jayden Contreras
- Josef Madera
Drive Up Visitation
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Mass of Christian Burial
Friday, May 22, 2020
Antonio Cecena Jr.
May 23, 2020
I would like to express my deepest condolences to Mrs. Cecena, Monica, Anthony, Michael, and the entire family for your loss. I always addressed him as “Mr. C”. Not because of his last names first initial, but because he was so “Cool”. He will be truly missed. Rest In Peace Mr. C”
May 22, 2020
I remember all the good times we spent at The Lake of the Ozarks when I was a young girl. It was also nice seeing the family again in the early 90's when I stayed at Broken Arrow. Rest in Peace, Tony.
Gene T Chavez
May 21, 2020
Thanks to Tony, I was able to complete my research on to tell the wonderful stories of Mexican American baseball and fastpitch softball players in the Kansas City region: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y89Yz3aA4E
I will ever be thankful for his kind heart and his sharing his stories with me.
May 21, 2020
As a kid I remember all the summers spent at the ballpark with family because my dad Jesse, Tio Tony and Tio Richard all played for The AZTECAS Softball team. Especially after seasons end the team would have a big picnic at Swope Park every year. All the Cecena families would go and picnic in the day time then go over to Fairyland park in the evening to enjoy games and rides. With in the last five years I got the opportunity to spend time with Tio Tony, Tia Rose Marie, cousins Helen Porras and Esther and Channo Guerra. Because of their involvement with the Senior Program at the Guadalupe Center and my job there. It was great to spend time with them all even if it was only for about thirty minutes everyday! Tio Tony you will be GREATLY MISSED by not only me but my whole family and anyone that got to meet and know you!!!
May 21, 2020
I will always remember his voice when I would call or even in person. I will always remember all the days and evenings I would sit outside the garage with him and Tia. The laughs the we would have when Jr. would stop by in the evenings or grandma an grandpa Amao would stop by. Those were great times that I cherish, but I will never forget the best of best when Anthony, Tio, and I were out on the boat lake was very quiet and Tio out of no where said Dang you guys can catch nothing!! Well if you knew Tio you can replace a couple of those words. Hahaha,
Thank you Tio, for the unconditional love you gave not only to me but to everyone around you.
Until we meet again,
May 20, 2020
I remember all the great times I had spending the summers at Tio and Tia' s house when I was younger. As I got older I will cherish all the memories of our summers at the lake. Those were the best times! Will always remember and love Too Tony forever!