Juan was born, Jan. 27, 1929, in Karnes County, Texas, the son of, Pablo Cruz and Antonia Olivares Cruz. He attended school in Kenedy and went on to become a truck driver with Buckalew Trucking Company. He married Matilda Castillo and together they had two children. Mr. Cruz was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kenedy.
Survivors include his daughter, Linda Cruz-Torres and husband, Jesse of San Antonio and his son, Juan Cruz, Jr., of Kenedy.
Preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his sister, Elisa Reyna and his brothers, Luis, Pablo, Hilario, Genaro and Santos Cruz.
Visitation was held, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 and a Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Kenedy. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Kenedy, Texas.