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