Manuel Cantu

Born May 18, 2013

Manuel Cantu of McGregor died Saturday morning, May 18, 2013, at the age of 81. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday at Cole Funeral Home Chapel, 1113 West Fifth Street, McGregor. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at St. Eugene Catholic Church with Father Jose Azcona as celebrant. Interment will follow in McGregor Cemetery.

Mr. Cantu was born January 1, 1932, in Tynan, Texas where he attended school. On July 26, 1948, he married the former Antonia Garcia in Munday, Texas. After fifty-two years of marriage, she preceded him in death December 11, 2000. After living in Munday a few years, he moved to Mathis and later to McGregor in 1952. Upon moving to McGregor he was in the maintence business being employed by Perm a Dwell, McGregor ISD and retired from First National Bank. He was a member of St. Eugene Catholic Church where in earlier years served as a communion steward and was an usher.

Also preceding him in death was his mother and step-father, Maria Rios and Augustine Coronado; an infant daughter, Delores Cantu; a grandson, Armando Paniagua, III; a brother, Ray Cantu; four sisters, Manuela Garcia, Olite Gutierry, Maria Merriman and Evangeline Pardon.

Survivors include six sons, Nicholas Cantu of Corpus Christi, Manuel Cantu, Jr. and wife Anita of Minnesota, David Cantu, Rudy Cantu and wife Tammy both of McGregor, Tim Cantu and wife Tina, Dorie “Sal” Cantu and wife Becky both of Cleburne; four daughters, Yolanda Garcia of McGregor, Delfina Galvan and husband Fred of Sinton, Tonie Marino and husband Louis of Rio Vista, Cynthia Paniagua of Cleburne; a brother, Raymond Coronado and wife Florence of Moshiem; a sister, Gloria Guerrero of McGregor, Mary Felan and husband Jessie of Luguna Park; twenty-five grandchildren, thirty-two great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

Active casketbearers will be Brandon Cantu, Nick Cantu, Eddie Garcia, Jr., A.J. Morino, Louis Morino and Noah Pan. Honorary casketbearers will be Nick Cantu, Jr., Sixto Cantu, Jamie Cantu, John David Trevino, Val Jr Trango, Matt Cantu and David Garcia, Jr.


  • Rosary Tuesday, May 21, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Manuel Cantu

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Fernando Leos

May 26, 2013

I'm so sorry for you loss. May God give the family strength and peace during this time.


May 23, 2013

our condolence to the family of manuel cantu from the miramotez family

Anne Manske

May 22, 2013

I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers for strength and peace are with you all during this sad time.

Michael & Martha Fehlman

May 22, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. Mr. Cantu was like a great-grandpa to Chris, Shawn & Ashley. Chris sends his condolences from South Korea and wishes he could be here for David. Our family will keep your entire family in our prayers.

Monica Britten

May 22, 2013

May God comfort the family and keep them strong..Find peace in knowing he is home in the greatest of all kingdoms where all that was wrong is healed and new....

Jaime Villarrial

May 22, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with all the members of the Cantu family. May God Bless you all during this time.

Louis & Delia Felan

May 22, 2013

Cantu family, we grieve with you.
Your dad was a great gentleman who was a friend as well.
While we cannot be with you during your time of grief, be assured that you are in our thoughts and in our prayers.
God bless and comfort you during your sad times.
Louis and Delia Felan

Sue Roe

May 21, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cantu family during this sad time.
----------------------Sue & Darrell Roe (McGregor, TX)

May 21, 2013

To the Cantu family:
We want to let you know our prayers and thoughts are with you during your time of grief and sorrow.
God bless you all,
Pat and Jean Patterson

Juan and Rosie Romero

May 21, 2013

David and Deme, I am so sorry for your
loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.