March 28, 1932 – April 13, 2019
Vidal Castillo, age 87, of San Antonio, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 13, 2019. He was born March 28, 1932 in San Antonio, Texas to the late Vidal and Rosa (Cervera) Castillo. He attended Lanier High School. Before graduation, he signed up for the United States Air Force; before beginning boot camp, he would marry his high school sweetheart, Gloria Salas, in Seguin, Texas in April of 1951. His reserve unit was called up December of 1967 and he proudly served during the Vietnam conflict in the 34th Aero Med Evac Squadron. In 1985, he retired with 35 years of dedicated service with the United States Postal Service. Vidal was a proud card carrying member of the National Association of Letter Carriers.
After his retirement, Vidal and Gloria spent their free time traveling the United States in their RV, making new friends and memories. They also enjoyed international travel visiting family and friends in Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Japan and Switzerland. Regardless of his travels, Vidal never forgot where he came from, he was proud of his Westside roots. Vidal and Gloria would raise their children, Orlando E. “Launi,” Gabriel and Rene, all in San Antonio.
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Gloria; infant daughter, Gloria Ann; and sister, Isabel “Chavela” Gonzales.
He is survived by his children and his siblings, Esequiel “Zeke” Castillo, Richard Castillo, Victor Castillo, Elia Cabello; 6 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and close friends he considered family.
Family is receiving friends at the funeral home on Monday, April 22nd from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Recitation of The Holy Rosary will begin at 7:00 pm in the Chapel at Sunset North Funeral Home, 910 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, Texas 78232. Committal service with Military Honors will be conducted at 10:00 am at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at shelter number one at 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, Texas 78209.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family suggest donations made in the memory of Gloria Castillo, to the American Heart Association www.heart.org (8415 Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, Texas 78229)
- Andrea Castillo
- Aaron Castillo
- Nathan Castillo
- Cassandra Arredondo
- Juan Arredondo
- Javier Salas
- Gabriel Castillo, Jr.
- Amanda Rocha , Honorary Pallbearer
Committal Service with Military Honors
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
Shelter Number One
1520 Harry Wurzbach Road
- Family Receiving Friends Monday, April 22, 2019
- Recitation of The Holy Rosary Monday, April 22, 2019
April 18, 2019
My condolences to you and your family.
I am sorry you lost your dad. I hope you find that your memories are a comfort when you need some.
I will pray that God will grant you the strength and the wisdom to get you through this difficult time.
Jimmy & Matias Espinoza
April 18, 2019
We are sorry to hear of Vidal's passing. Fond memories of good times during our careers in the 433rd Airlift Wing and Branch 421 National Assn of Letter Carriers. It was Vidal and Zeke who inspired an active role in the Union and became good friends at Cresthaven, Downtown and the 433rd. His stern and comical ways of expressing his viewpoint left great memories and his memorable legacy. God bless all of his family during this difficult loss.
April 16, 2019
Mr. Castillo was loved as a Grand Father, He always made me feel like a grandson that was loved very much.
I will miss him deeply. He's Singing while my other grandpa plays the guitar. My Prayers for you in this time of reflection.
April 16, 2019
your dad and mom were wonderful parents was so blessed to have them as In Laws. Mr. Castillo will be missed,
his sense of humor and hearing him sing, the stories he shared with us of his travels. Thank you for sharing him with us.
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Bob and Blanca Howes
April 15, 2019
Condolences and prayers to all the family.
We are so Blessed to have wonderful memories of Vidal.
We will miss him and all the porch stories of his life he shared with us. We will hold him in our hearts forever.
Paco and Denise Novoa
April 15, 2019
Launie and family, we are grateful for the moments we spent with your dad enjoying music and good times. Forever in our memories and our hearts. May he Rest In Peace now and continue his love of singing and music with your mom in heaven. Love from the Novoa’s