Gilberto Cantu

August 18, 1923July 26, 2013

Gilberto Cantu went to be with the Lord his Savior on Friday, July 26, 2013 at the tender age of 89. He resided at 11279 Taylor Draper Lane, Apt #257 in Austin. Gilbert was born on August 18, 1923 in Laredo, Texas to Alberto and Maria (Elizondo) Cantu.

Gilbert joined the US Army on April 10, 1943, and was Honorably Discharged on February 1, 1946. He was in the 928th Field Artillery, 103rd Infantry Division, US Army, serving as a Cannoneer. Gilbert was decorated with the American Theater Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Victory Medal. He began working at Kelly AFB as a Civil Service Sheet Metal Mechanic on September 14, 1951, and retired on March 9, 1977. On February 4, 1949, Gilbert married the love of his life, Irene Barrera.

Gilbert is preceded in death by his two sons, Eric, and Adriel “AC”. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Irene, and son, Gilbert Jr., and daughter-in-law, Kim A. Eckert. Gilbert will always be remembered as a loving husband and a very proud father. He loved to coach his three sons in baseball. He was a very good baseball player himself growing up and played for the Mexican and Texas Baseball Leagues. The family has decided to hold a private graveside service at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas. Anyone wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to the Jennifer Wilks Foundation (

To share memories with the family, please visit Mr. Cantu’s memorial at


  • Graveside Inurnment Service with Military Honors Saturday, August 10, 2013

Gilberto Cantu

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August 12, 2013

To Irene, Kim, and Gil, So sad to hear of your loss of a wonderful person. I knew of Gilberto through his son Gil. You will be in my prayers.

Jerry Collins

Yvonne Heath

August 10, 2013

Dear Mrs. Cantu, Gil, and Kim,

I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your husband, your Dad, and your father-in-law. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I used to work with Gil and Kim back in the late 1980s. A big hug to you all.

Alicia Hartzell

August 5, 2013

Kim & Gil-
My heart goes out to you both. You are amazing people who love well and because of that I know that time must be so difficult. My love and support to you both. - Alicia Hartzell

Lee & Patty Wimberley

August 5, 2013

Kim and Gil, you are in our thoughts and prayers, with deepest sympathy for your loss.

Clea Zolotow

August 5, 2013

Dear Gil and Kim: Dave and I am sorry for your loss. Please take care during this difficult time. --Clea

Rosi Garcia

August 4, 2013

We are very sorry for Tio Gil's passing away. We will greatly miss his presence and common sense attitude. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Your cousins from Laredo, Rosi and Manuel Garcia, Jr.

Laura Coad

August 3, 2013

Gil and Kim, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. --Laura Coad and Raymond Baughman

Tom, Paula Coopwood

August 3, 2013

Kim and Gil. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and family

Shawn & Deb Westmoreland

August 3, 2013

We celebrate the life of Gibert Cantu Sr. and thank him for his service to his country as a Private First Class and a Civil Servant.

Our thoughts and prayers to the family on the loss of a husband and a father, especially his beautiful bride Irene.


Jimmy Navarro

August 2, 2013

My condolences on the passing of your husband and father. I pray for God's comfort and peace in your hearts. Thank you Gilbert Sr. for your service to this country.