John Joe Cantu
June 10, 1942 – October 31, 2018
John Joe Cantu age 76, lived in Oxnard, Ca. He went to be with the Lord, surrounded by his family on October, 31st 2018. He passed away at the VA West Los Angeles hospital. He was born June 10th 1942 in Mexico. He spent his childhood in Grand Island, Nebraska. He attended Omaha Tech High School, and joined the military December 10, 1959, at the age of 17. He served our country for over 20 years and served in the Vietnam War. Once he retired, he worked for Litton overseas in Saudi Arabia. When he decided to come home, he worked for Public Works at the CBC base for 17years before he retired. He then went to establish AMVETS Post 5 in Oxnard, along with his Veteran friends. During his service, he received many awards for his accomplishments. He was a very loving grandfather, spending time at his grandchildren's soccer, football, and baseball games. He went to cheer them on, tell the ref's/ump's that they couldn't see, and his grandson's needed to have the ball. Everyone loved grandpa at the games, even other parents. He attended South Coast Fellowship and loved sharing the gospel with others. He loved to go out to eat with or without his family. John was a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, the Nebraska Corn Huskers, and the Patriots. He liked to collect watches, clocks, and light houses. He also enjoyed spending time with his veteran buddies.
He is survived by his loving wife Rebecca Alice Montoya Cantu, daughters Elizabeth Cantu Lopez (Robert), Carolina Cantu, Emily Cantu, Christina Cantu; sons John Cantu, Dana Cantu. Brother Dana Cantu (Becky) Stepchildren Lydia Ovalle, Celina Quezada, Raul Telles, Ricardo Telles, Juan Telles Jr.
Parents Juan De Dios Cantu and Conception Elizabeth Guerrero Cantu (deceased); Son Kim Cantu, stepdaughter Leticia Ganivet (deceased)
Grandchildren 49; Great Grandchildren 57
John is very loved, and will be missed dearly.
Riverside National Cemetery
- Celebration of Life Thursday, November 15, 2018
- Visitation/Viewing Thursday, November 15, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, November 16, 2018
John Joe Cantu
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November 11, 2018
I first meet John when he was attending Ut B school at CBC. He was a second class Petty Officer. I was his instructor in the phase of watertreament & pumps & compresion in 1969 to 1971. Over many years we always ran into each other at the Navy Exchange. John will always in my thoughts & prayers. I retired in December1979 as a UTC. John always said he wanted to take me out along with my first wife who passed away in 2004 & my new wife I married in 2006 Balanga Bataan Philippines to eat. This never occurred . He always called me Smitty. As a fellow Seabee & friend will miss seeing him . My thoughts & prayers goes out to his many family members knowing he will dearly missed. I Salute you John, David C. Schmidt UTC/ Retired