OBITUARY

José C. Peña Jr.

May 27, 1945October 26, 2018

José C. Peña, Jr. of Pasadena, TX went to join our heavenly father on October 26, 2018. He was born in Mathis, TX on May 27, 1945 to his parents José Peña Sr. and Gregoria Campos Peña. He was married to his late wife of 54 years, Carmen Rivera Peña. They had four children, José R. Pena, III (wife Anna Garza Peña), Belinda Peña Lara (husband Rene Lara), Rene Peña and Irene Peña Weed (husband Jeremy James Weed). They had 10 grandchildren Jose Peña, IV (fiancée Taylor Nicole Howard), Jacob Michael Peña (wife Nicole Peña), Jaclyn Nicole Peña, Jennifer Marie Peña-Rodriguez (husband Stephen Rodriguez), Alexis Peña, Sebastian Rene Lara, Payton Rene Lara, Lauren Rene Lara, Aidan James Weed and Adrian Avery Weed. They also had 4 great-grandchildren Mia Rodriguez, Michael James Garcia, III, Aubrey Lynn Peña, Abraham Rodriguez and Levi Travis Peña. He grew up in Mathis, TX as the oldest of five siblings Elfida Peña Gonzales, Juan Manuel Peña, Francisco Peña and Leopoldo Peña. They worked as crop pickers until the family moved to Houston in 1961 for a better life. He graduated from South Houston High School in 1964 and soon met the love of his life, married her and began their family. He worked for Southern Pacific Rail Road which later became Union Pacific Rail Road for over 30 years and retired. He and his wife were involved in their church, Guardian Angel Catholic Church and volunteered their time in kitchen and grounds keeping ministries as well as coordinating the church bazaars. He coached the church softball team and held softball tournaments to raise money for the church. He enjoyed spending time with the lifelong friends he made at the church by playing softball, listening to his conjunto music (his all-time favorite Los Augilares) and going to dances. In his latter years, he and his sibling bought a ranch and spent most of their time at El Rancho Gustavo. He enjoyed being outdoors and hunting with his brothers and sons. He was his happiest at the ranch with his wife, children and extended family members. He worked hard at the ranch and made sure everyone else, especially his sons, grandsons and nephews knew how to work hard at the ranch. He took pride in his family yet made everyone feel welcome in his presence whether they were family or not. He shared his wise life lessons with anyone that would listen and always wanted to know where you were from and where your parents were from as he was always curious of the history of family ancestry. Dad was a loving husband to our Mom. He showed us the meaning of marriage by loving our Mom, being faithful and spending everyday with her especially during her illness and never leaving her side. He was always there for us and taught us to love God, to always take care of each other regardless of our differences and always have faith. Our dad was a simple man, but he was the richest man we knew. A part of him will always live inside each of us.

Services

  • Rosary Service Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Visitation Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 2, 2018
REMEMBERING

José C. Peña Jr.

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Connie Weed

October 31, 2018

The more we got to know Mr. Pena the more we grew to love and respect him. The way he accepted our son Jeremy Weed into his family and treated him as one of his own is more heartfelt than words could say. Our deepest condolences to the family.
James and Connie Weed

Delores Lozano

October 30, 2018

I will cherish the memories, great laughs & always remember the "Y'all getting loud in there" (in your voice) on our rowdy sleepovers as youngens!
Fondest memory:
Me: Uncle Joe, meet Rene my boyfriend
Uncle Joe (to Rene): Boy, I know how to hunt
Uncle Joe (to me): If he ever hurts you, tell me & I will take him hunting...
Me/Rene walk away, then Rene says "I think your Uncle just threatened me", Me "Nope, that was a promise WARNING...lol
I love you Uncle Joe and now after just 2 years, you and Tia are together again! 💕Amor Eterño!

Jennifer Rodriguez

October 29, 2018

I don't have just one memory I have many Memories.
I remember my Popo always being there for me. When I called him and Grandma came to the recuse.
One time Mia and I were in a accident off red bluff I was so scared and the first person I thought about was my Popo. I called him and him and grandma came in the Black truck he had. Once he found out we were ok he picked on me the rest of the day. "Woman drives🙄" he'd tell me.

My favorite memory of all time that I'll always remember is my Wedding day.
When Stephen and I got married it was cold, raining and grey outside. It was just Stephen and I that went. No parents, no siblings, cousins etc. Just Stephen and I.
Right when the assistant called us to go into the Judges office there comes Popo and Grandma turning the corner of the hallway. I was so happy to see them. They were the only two in there when Stephen and I got married. Stephen said "I think that's the first time I've ever seen Popo cry." Afterwards they came to my parents house and we shared my mom's birthday cake! 😊
It wasn't big, nothing fancy but it was very special. That memory hold such a special place in my heart because it was a special day with two very important people in my life. I'm gonna miss him very much he was the rock of this family. I am blessed and honored to be Jose C. Peña Jr's granddaughter.
Love my Popo.

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Biography

José C. Peña, Jr. of Pasadena, TX went to join our heavenly father on October 26, 2018. He was born in Mathis, TX on May 27, 1945 to his parents José Peña Sr. and Gregoria Campos Peña. He was married to his late wife of 54 years, Carmen Rivera Peña. They had four children, José R. Pena, III (wife Anna Garza Peña), Belinda Peña Lara (husband Rene Lara), Rene Peña and Irene Peña Weed (husband Jeremy James Weed). They had 10 grandchildren Jose Peña, IV (fiancée Taylor Nicole Howard), Jacob Michael Peña (wife Nicole Peña), Jaclyn Nicole Peña, Jennifer Marie Peña-Rodriguez (husband Stephen Rodriguez), Alexis Peña, Sebastian Rene Lara, Payton Rene Lara, Lauren Rene Lara, Aidan James Weed and Adrian Avery Weed. They also had 4 great-grand children Mia Rodriguez, Michael James Garcia, III, Aubrey Lynn Peña, Abraham Rodriguez and Levi Travis Peña.

He grew up in Mathis, TX as the oldest of five siblings Elfida Peña Gonzales, Juan Manuel Peña, Francisco Peña and Leopoldo Peña. They worked as crop pickers until the family moved to Houston in 1961 for a better life. He graduated from South Houston High School in 1964 and soon meet the love of his life, married her and began their family. He worked for Southern Pacific Rail Road which later became Union Pacific Rail Road for over 30 years and retired. He and his wife were involved in their church, Guardian Angel Catholic Church and volunteered their time in kitchen and grounds keeping ministries as well as coordinating the church bazaars. He coached the church softball team and held softball tournaments to raise money for the church. He enjoyed spending time with the life long friends he made at the church by playing softball, listening to his conjunto music (his all-time favorite Los Augilares) and going to dances. In his latter years, he and his sibling bought a ranch and spent most of their time at El Rancho Gustavo. He enjoyed being outdoors and hunting with his brothers and sons. He was his happiest at the ranch with his wife, children and extended family members. He worked hard at the ranch and made sure everyone else, especially his sons, grandsons and nephews knew how to work hard at the ranch. He took pride in his family yet made everyone feel welcome in his presence whether they were family or not. He shared his wise life lessons with anyone that would listen and always wanted to know where you were from and where your parents were from as he was always curious of the history of family ancestry.

Dad was a loving husband to our Mom. He showed us the meaning of marriage by loving our Mom, being faithful and spending everyday with her especially during her illness and never leaving her side. He was always there for us and taught us to love God, to always take care of each other regardless of our differences and always have faith.

Our dad was a simple man, but he was the richest man we knew. A part of him will always live inside each of us.