OBITUARY

Joe H. Canales

February 25, 1948February 6, 2021
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Joe Henry Canales went to be with the Lord on February 7, 2021. Joe was born on February 25, 1948 in Alice Texas, the son of Clara and Jose Canales.

He is preceded in death by his sisters Maureen Gonzalez, Debbie Yrle, and Phyllis Canales; parents, Jose and Clara Canales; and brother-in-law, Jack Terrell. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Grace Canales; daughter, Jennifer Canales; son, Joe H Canales II; daughter-in-law, Natalie Garcia; granddaughter, Grace Maricela Canales; grandson, Joe Henry Canales III; sister, Cindy Terrell; brother, Jeff Canales; brothers-in-law, Roman Gonzalez and Robert Yrle, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Joe enjoyed the outdoors as a camp counselor at the YMCA while in high school. He served in the Marine Corps from 1968-1969 during the Vietnam War and earned several medals including: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Rifle Marksmanship Badge and Purple Heart Medal.

Joe worked with Southwestern Bell Phone Company for over 30 years, during which time he made many lifelong friends whom he enjoyed keeping in touch with after retirement. Joe was considered by all who knew him as a gentle soul with a servant’s heart and a witty sense of humor. He was a protective and caring husband, dad, brother, uncle and friend, often dropping everything to help someone in need. Joe loved planning out family trips down to the last detail. Many happy family memories were made on these trips. He was a dog lover, often taking his granddogs for truck rides and keeping a special stash of dog treats in his desk. His greatest joy was the arrival of his grandchildren. He would play with them for hours, talking to them in secret granddad languages. All who knew him loved Joe and he will be deeply missed.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church 4411 Moana Dr, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 with a 11:30am rosary and a 12:00pm funeral mass. Interment services will be held at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, March 8th, 2021 at 9:45am.

In honor of Joe’s kind, giving heart, the family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made in his memory to the San Antonio Food Bank.

Services

8 March

Committal Service

9:45 am

 

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Rosary

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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Tom and Ruth Moon

February 20, 2021

Gracie and members of Joe and Gracie's family.....Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of Joe. The journey from this life to a life with our Lord and Savior and loved ones who have gone before us has got to be the best of all. I worked in the ATT test center and I got to work with Joe on trouble. Joe was one of the best at what he did. When he would call in for test assistance, I felt lucky when I would have him to work with. He was the type of employee that would not turn loose of a trouble until he had it fixed and working. It was just the way he rolled. I'll always remember Joe. God Bless you all . Tom and Ruth Moon

Grace Rodriguez

February 18, 2021

Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Grace Rodriguez
( Former Physical Education teacher @St Thomas More)

Diana Chapa

February 17, 2021

Joe Canales is and always will be a good and faithful friend to my dad Hector, and mother Santa Pena. As a young girl, I would see how Joe and Gracie would light up my parent's life just by visiting and going on cookouts. Those were the days! Joe was always happy to see me and he would make me feel that I was special. I share in the sorrow of his loss and embrace the glory of his salvation. You will be missed and forever loved.
Hugs to Gracie, Jennifer, and Joe Jr.

Diane Brown

February 14, 2021

My prayers are with all of you at this time. Rema had such a wonderful time sharing with your family over the years and we know Joe made for a welcoming home for everyone! Know his love will always be with you and giving you guidance in the days to come! Peace & love to all of you! Diane Brown ( Rema's mom)

Sylvia Rivera

February 12, 2021

My condolences to the family Canales. May God’s loving kindness bring you peace and comfort to your family in the days ahead. Psalms 18:6

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