Guillermo M. “Willie” Castillo, Sr. of Pleasanton, peacefully entered into eternal rest at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, August 2, 2020, at the blessed age of 95.
He was born in Woodsboro, on February 11, 1925, to Manuel and Marcelina Castillo.
Willie is preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife Gregoria; his only son, Guillermo Castillo, Jr.; his brother, Martin Castillo, Sr., and several nephews and a niece.
Willie started his career at the young age of 13 picking fruit in Washington, Oregon and other states. Later he spent many years working at the Cotton Gins in Colorado City, TX where he raised his family. He also traveled for many summers as he worked in the watermelon fields with the Chapa family in San Manuel, as well as in Oklahoma.
After 45 years, he retired to spend more time with his beloved family and help raise some of his grandchildren, as well as great-grandchildren.
He lived his life to the fullest making memories with his grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and even great-great-grandchildren.
He loved playing bingo and had many friends at the Hilltop Bingo in San Antonio. He also enjoyed spending Tuesday mornings at the Auction Barn with his brother Pablo, watching baseball and his favorite TV show, The Price is Right. He made the best beans that were requested at every family event and spent time throughout the year creatively making cascarones for his family’s Easter parties.
Willie is survived by his only daughter, Rosemary (Roger) Romero; brother Pablo Castillo, Sr.; grandchildren, Georgia (Adolph) Leal, Monica (Frank) Escalante, Yvonne (Kenny) Arnold, Roxanne (Gilbert) Bazan, Edward (Brittany) Romero, Laurie (David) Castillo, Melody (David) Castillo, Fernando (Rocio) Castillo, Karen (Eric) Travieso and Isaac (Jessica) Castillo. He was blessed with 36 greatgrandchildren and 12 greatgreat grandchildren.
He will always be remembered as a strong man with a huge and selfless heart. He will forever be in our hearts and will be greatly missed by all.
Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7 p.m. with the reading of the rosary at 7 p.m. at Hurley Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Andrew Catholic Church with burial following at St. Andrew Cemetery #2.
Due to the new Executive Order from Governor Abbott, we are asking that everyone wear a mask or facial covering during the visitation, rosary and at the cemetery. We also ask that social distancing be observed at all events.