Joe was born, March 5, 1949 in Pawnee, the son of Luis Cruz and Jovita Diaz Cruz. He was a cowboy and rancher.
Survivors include wife, Elvira Gonzales Cruz; sons, Amado Cruz and wife Stacy, Arturo Cruz and wife Rosemary, Jose Cruz, Ramon Reyna and wife Jennifer and Roland Reyna and wife Andrea; daughter Roxanne Theuret and husband Walker; sisters, Linda Chapa and husband Carlo, Mary Garza and husband Henry, Dora Gonzales and husband Domingo, Amalia Montemayor and husband Richard and Ofelia Cruz; brother, Genaro Cruz; and 11 grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his parents, Luis and Jovita Cruz.
Visitation began Tuesday, July 24, 2012 and a Rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. at Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kenedy officiated by Rev. Norbert Herman. Interment followed in the Loma Alta Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Carlos Gonzales, Calvin Blaschke, Corky Franke, Wallon Rouse, Cecil Johnson, Jr. and Robert Cruz, Jr.