Juan G. Cruz

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Juan G.


Click here to view the service held for Juan G. Cruz on Friday, January 29th, 2021

Click here to view the committal for Juan on February 9th, 2021

  •  Visitation
    • Friday, January 29th from 12:30pm – 1:30pm at MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL CATHOLIC CHURCH, 6924 W. Lisbon Ave, Milwaukee.
  • Time of Remembrance
    • Friday, January 29th at 1:30pm at MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL CATHOLIC CHURCH, 6924 W. Lisbon Ave, Milwaukee.
  • Mass of Christian Burial
    • Friday, January 29th at 2pm at MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL CATHOLIC CHURCH, 6924 W. Lisbon Ave, Milwaukee.


Juan G. Cruz

Passed away on January 18, 2021.  Beloved Husband of 52 years of Guadalupe.  Dear Father of  Mariza, Juan Jr.(Tano), Adrian, Camilia, Robert, and Victor.  Proud Grandfather of Dominic, Malyse, Louis, Esmeralda, Alex, Elias, Angelo, Layla, Ruby, Anthony, Gabriella, Victor and Giovanni. Son of Minerva and Joe, brother of Joe, James and Hondo.  Also survived by other relatives and many friends.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 29th from 12:30pm – 1:30pm at MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL CATHOLIC CHURCH, 6924 W. Lisbon Ave, Milwaukee.  Time of remembrance at 1:30pm, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 2pm.  Covid precautions will be followed. Interment Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery.

Coffee, Biscuits & Gravy were a few of Dad’s favorite things. He entered this world on a warm sunny day in San Antonio, Texas many years ago and left it this year on a beautiful, warm sunny January day in Wisconsin.

Once upon a time…that’s how Dad would begin his stories. A beautiful, optimistic baby boy was born to Minerva and Joe in San Antonio, Texas. He was soon joined by his brothers Joe, James and Hondo. The four of them shared many adventures growing up. They loved hunting, fishing and occasionally going into town to watch a double feature movie. He was a caring and loving big brother to them. While they were still young boys they moved to Palmyra, Wisconsin where farming was abundant. His love and respect of nature was evident through his care of their animals. Since he was a young boy, our Father had a strong work ethic, as he woke up early in the morning to go work the land with his Father. Even though he eventually settled in Greenfield, he still enjoyed going to the country. We had one last opportunity to take a drive with him a couple weeks ago. He was taking pictures of the freshly, snow dressed  trees. Dad said “Look what God gave us.”

Dad was a man of faith and never forgot where his blessings came from. He was not feeling the greatest but was so determined to go to Mass on Christmas Eve. His dedication has been a great example to us.

It was in Palmyra where Dad set eyes on a beautiful 17 year old girl named Guadalupe. She and her family had recently moved from San Antonio Texas. Some would call it whirlwind because it was. Their courtship, engagement and marriage followed in short order.

Dad went to Vietnam and valiantly served his country shoulder to shoulder with other brave souls. This is something he rarely spoke of, but was incredibly proud of. Our father was part of the 9th infantry, Bearcat division during The Tet Offensive, a major turning point of the war. We didn’t know until recently that Dad was in the jungle and also served as a door gunner.

After Vietnam, Dad was stationed in Germany and was joined by Mom. That is where the first of us was born. After Europe came Washington state then back to Wisconsin. Mariza, Juan Jr.(Tano), Adrian and last but not least Daddy’s little girl Camilia(Mamita) are the children our parents had. Thirteen grandchildren since, from those children.

Growing up we were really blessed.  Dad and Mom provided a beautiful and stable home for us. Our father worked at Miller Brewing Company to help make sure we had what we needed.  Dad taught us through his life stories and advice. Even though he was strict with us we knew he loved us. He had such a warm smile and great sense of humor. When the grandchildren started arriving, that brought him great joy. One Sunday comes to mind when Dad took his tractor and hitched a little trailer so he could take them around his yard to search for special gifts he had hidden for them – a special scavenger hunt where surprises were waiting for them. It reminds me of when we were little and Dad said he heard reindeer outside. There were deer tracks and gifts waiting for us. Dad and mom created special moments for us throughout our lives.

Dad was a humble and generous man. He was also very observant. He cared a lot about people and was genuinely interested in their stories. He used to say “ Everyone has  a story to tell. You need to listen.”

Our father played many instruments including the guitar which he played as a musician at Church. There was a young couple from church who sang and had two small children. He noticed and thought it was nice that they walked to Church. It caught his attention that when the weather was getting colder they were still walking. Even though they had greeted each other and smiled we didn’t know their story. They could not afford a vehicle so my Father gifted them a car. He asked us to never to tell anyone. Through the years he’s been a blessing to many.

Thank you Dad  for all you and Mom have done for us. It is difficult to believe you’re no longer here with us. You will forever remain with us in our hearts and memories.

Our parents loved each other very much and Mom was always proud of our father.  We are very fortunate to have been part of their love story.

Dad, as many cups of coffee you have had while you were on earth is how much we love you and much more.



  1. Eva J. Diaz January 24, 2021 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Fue un placer conocer al Sr. Juan quien demostraba una fe firme y un gran sentido de humor aun estando enfermo. Que Dios le conceda compartir en la gloria de la resurreccion, y que todos quienes lo aman reciban consuelo.

  2. Fr. Michael Martin January 24, 2021 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Dear Mariza and Rob,

    My prayers are with you Mariza and Rob, and your mother during this difficult time.

    What a gift and a true blessing from God your father was to you all and a loving husband to your dear mother of 52 years.

    Please know that I will have Masses for your dear father. I will also pray at my daily Mass for you Mariza and your dear mother.

    Gods bless you all.
    Fr. Michael

    Fr. Michael Martin
    Archdiocese of Louisville

  3. Erasmo & Linda Villarreal January 24, 2021 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Mariza & Rob, Raz and I send our Heartfelt condolences to the entire family. Raz can remember their talks about Vietnam and how concerned he was for him. Raz holds those memories with him. May he now Rest I’n Peace and God Bless Juan In eternal Life. Much Love to you all,
    Erasmo & Linda Villarreal

  4. Ken Krueger January 28, 2021 at 11:57 am - Reply

    To the Cruz family, loved ones & friends we extend our love and prayers.
    May God’s love and support help you during this time and may God grant Juan eternal rest.
    Let the eternal light shine upon him Amen.

    Ken Krueger & Roberta Konzal

  5. Mike N January 28, 2021 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss.

    Mr. Juan Cruz was a great guy. I really enjoyed listening to his guitar skills, and especially remember the times he traded riffs with me on his electric guitar and fender amp.

    He was a devoted father and husband, and a good example of a dedicated family man, being a very friendly and easy going person.

    He will be greatly missed.

    All the best,

    Mike N.

  6. Linda P Krueger January 29, 2021 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Dear Mariza, Rob, Lupe and beloved family:
    I was saddened to hear of Juan’s passing. He is a good and faithful servant of God and highly valued his beloved wife and family and his country. I have several fond memories that I will always treasure of Juan.
    He is at peace with his Lord Jesus in heaven.
    May the Perpetual Light shine upon him and may God bless and strengthen you all during this difficult time and always.
    With prayers, Aunt Linda

  7. Michael LoCoco February 8, 2021 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    To the Cruz family,
    So sorry to learn of your family’s loss. Juan was a terrific man that was especially important to many people at Miller Brewing and I. He will be greatly missed by all fortunate enough to have known him as a friend or co-worker during his life. God bless

  8. James Rowan February 9, 2021 at 7:39 am - Reply

    To the Cruz family I am so sorry of your loss,Juan was such a great guy, I worked with Juan at Miller Brewery I would want to do short cuts however Juan didn’t like doing short cuts he told me if you do shorts cuts today,you will do long cuts Tommorow,rest in peace Juan you will be always in my memory

  9. DAMIAN KLAPPA February 9, 2021 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    I also worked with Juan at Miller Brewing. He was a great co worker and a wonderful human being. I remember listening to him play his guitar on our breaks. God bless your family during this tough time in your lives.

  10. Kathleen M McManus February 9, 2021 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Sear family of Juan,
    I knew Juan from Miller Brewery. We didn’t work together as he was in packaging and I worked most of the time in shipping. However our paths would cross at times. Juan was always friendly, helpful and always respectful.
    My thoughts are with you all at this time.

    I posted his obit on the Miller Brewery FB page and thought you may appreciate the comments from others who posted there.

    Shirley C. Smith:
    I had the pleasure of working with Juan for many years he was a beautiful person he taught me so much about cleaning the filler he was the best filler operator i no he could be outside of the filler room and the filler would stop without looking at the computer that informed him what the problem was he would fix the problem and we would be up and running you will be missed my friend gone but most certainly never forgotten rest in Heavenly peace in the name of Jesus Christ bless the family be there strength ❤️💜
    Shirley C. Smith:
    His children made him proud Juan was the best he will be missed ❤️💜

    Manuel Torres:
    His children’s tribute said a lot of who Juan really was but we did not know as co-workers .Quiet, unassuming but a very respectful kind man.
    Jan Massie:
    He was a kind man, I remember him feeding the seagulls on the roof of 52. A good guy!
    Brian Atkinson:
    Sad news indeed. I enjoyed working with him.

    Anita Lynch-Cooper:
    I usually saw Juan at 5 AM for draft start ups. He was unfailingly helpful and cheerful at that hour. Sad news.

    Shari Dunn Aufieri:
    I had the chance of working with him when I first started at Miller in 2000. He had such funny stories about how he was treated when he started at Miller. To make a long story short, he dished right back at them by shooting off fireworks to scare the sh*t out of them! He had many stories to tell me which were hilarious! Very talented guy, he knew everything about 52 filler!

    Lois Rashel:
    No one in the world that I respected more than him. He will be missed

  11. Robert Rangel February 9, 2021 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    As you read the many comments on Juan Cruz one can see he was a treasured co worker by so many. I remember him well. Always ,pleasant to chat with a great worker. Our Prayers go out to his family. Peace be with you.

  12. Laurie Suehring February 9, 2021 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    To the Cruz family,

    No words can ease the loss of your father, but knowing how many lives he touched and influenced can give you comfort. Working with Juan was a pleasure. He graciously showed me the ropes on the filler which helped me supervise the line efficiently. He was so kind and never had a bad word to say about anyone. You should be proud of all of his accomplishments. I’m sure he will be missed. I pray the Lord will comfort the family. Cherish the memories!

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