Joe S. Villarreal, age 91, passed away Wednesday April 7, 2021. He was born on November 17, 1929 to Rafael and Manuela Villarreal in Gonzales, Texas. He was raised there until his family moved to Robstown, Texas where he attended Robstown High School. He later enlisted in the United States Army where he served as Corporal gunner during the Korean War from 1952 until 1954. Joe married his late wife, Dominga Villarreal of 64 years on October 2, 1955. At the time, he was working as a truck driver/ instructor for H-E-B until he left to run his own business and bakery full time.
Joe was a loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather. Throughout his life he enjoyed spending time with his family traveling. He was a man who loved to do everything from camping trips to annual gambling adventures with his wife that later turned into trips that not only included his wife, but his daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well. Yet, through all the journeys, he will always be remembered for his elaborate story telling and the ambition and passion he had for life. He was also a great businessman that enjoyed sharing his knowledge and experiences whenever a chance presented itself. He is a man that will be forever etched in our hearts and truly missed every day.
Joe is preceded in death by both his parents, Rafael and Manuela Villarreal; his brother, Domingo Villarreal; his 4 sisters, Evuvijen Barrera, Consuelo Morales, Mary Ann Balboa, Guadelupe Villarreal; and his loving wife, Dominga Villarreal.
He is survived by his daughter, Linda Ann Livas (Carlos Livas); 5 grandchildren, and 13 great-grand-children.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel. A Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. that same evening. (Live stream of rosary below) A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 12, 2021 at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church. Entombment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park.
Having the distinguished honor to serve as pallbearers are Rodney Livas, Mark Livas, Hector Moreno, Gabriel Hernandez, Ronnie Villarreal and Roy Villarreal.
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