Placido M. Castro

February 24, 1930January 17, 2021

Placido (Benny) M. Castro passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 17, 2021 from covid-pneumonia. Beloved husband of the late Jane G. Castro. He is survived by his children Bernard (Colleen), Marian Castro-Palanyk (Terence), Michael (the late Marianne), David, Daniel, Michelle Jaquez (Jose) and Richard (Kristen Driscoll) and his grandchildren Christine Castro (Alex Debski), Nicholas, Vincent (Hailey), Richard, George, Danielle, Erica, Rachel, Jaqueline (Walker Cutler), Michael, Richard and Isabel. He was a brother to several half-brothers and half-sisters and also an uncle to many nieces and nephews in the U.S. and Mexico.

He was born in Chicago, IL on February 24, 1930, and raised in Aquascalientes, Mexico from age 4 until age 17. At 17, he left his family and came back to the U.S. He did not know anyone nor did he speak English, but he came anyway to pursue the American Dream of a better life for his family. He worked on an orange farm in Texas where he picked oranges and was paid 5 cents per bushel. A year later he worked for the railroad laying railroad track in Ohio for the next six months. He came to Chicago to live with his uncle who got him a job at a slaughterhouse in the stock yards. He worked seventeen years as a meatpacker for Armour and Phelzer Brothers, and seventeen years as a teamster working on the loading docks of several trucking companies.

In Chicago, he met Jane Gonzalez, who was the love of his life. They were married for 46 years and raised seven children. Jane died in 2002 after battling diabetes for 12 years. He was her caregiver during that time. The medical staff at Christ Hospital would complement how he took care of his wife as he continually brought her in and out of the hospital on numerous occasions or took her to dialysis. He never complained. His devotion to her was a labor of love as he tended to her needs. He cared deeply for his family and believed education was the path to succeed. He grew up poor and worked hard to support his family. He only had a 6th grade education, but he put all of his children through private schools because he did not want them to struggle through life like he did. He had a tough life sometimes working three jobs to make ends meet. He was selfless in his commitment to the dream he had for his family. He succeeded in achieving his goal to give his children the opportunity to get a good education. His legacy lives on through his seven children and ten grandchildren. He got to witness his legacy pass on to the next generation as he attended his grandchildren’s graduations from high school, college and graduate school. He was very proud of his family. How he lived his life and what he taught his family will not be forgotten. His true memorial will be keeping his memory alive by sharing his stories. He will be greatly missed.

Due to COVID-19, he will be cremated and a memorial service is planned for a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in his memory to the American Diabetes Association.


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Dave Burke

January 29, 2021

Bernie and family- my deepest condolences on the loss of your father. Losing such a dynamic man can be devastating but reading the obituary clearly your father was a man of spirit, integrity and devotion. May he rest in peace and may God take him by the hand.

Michael Sloan

January 27, 2021

We are thinking of you and family. Looking forward to the day we can get together!

Terri Blazer

January 25, 2021

Our deepest condolences to Bernie, Colleen, and the entire Castro family. May God give you comfort and strength in this difficult time. Our prayers are with all of you.

In sympathy,
Terri and Jim Blazer

John Mancillas

January 25, 2021

My condolence to your family,sorry to hear of the passing of your father.My wife and your mother were friends for many years,
they belonged to Chi-Mex club at ST.Francis of Assisi church.
My wife passed away many years ago,and ,and we lost track of your
family.Again I am sorry on the passing of your dad.

Tom and Claudia Hovey

January 23, 2021

This is a great tribute. Although we have never met him we can tell by knowing Rich that he must have been a good dad and set a good example for Rich.

Homer, Joseph, Cheryl Casarez

January 19, 2021

Our sincere condolences on the passing of Benny Castro. In this very difficult time, we pray that all of the beautiful memories of times shared with Benny and his family will comfort and bring you peace. God Bless you.

Homer, Joseph, and Cheryl Casarez