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Israel Cruz

April 19, 1959 ~ August 19, 2021 (age 62)

Obituary

Israel Cruz, 62, went in peace to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, August 19, 2021. He was lovingly surrounded by his family at their home in Three Rivers, Texas at the time of his passing.

Israel, known as “La Honey” Cruz, was born April 19, 1959 in Three Rivers to Dora (Chavera) and Marcos U. Cruz. He was a 1978 graduate of Three Rivers High School and married the love of his life, Maria Dora Saenz, in Three Rivers on August 31, 1988. He was a faithful and active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was a valued employee of the Valero Refinery for 41 years.

Israel loved music and singing karaoke. He was always looking to deal or trade with his friends and he knew no strangers. If he wasn’t singing, he was probably making you laugh. He loved spending time with his family and friends and especially with his grandkids which were his pride and joy.

He was preceded in death by his father, Marcos U. Cruz, and his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Survivors include his wife of almost 33 years, Maria Dora Cruz of Three Rivers; mother, Dora C. Cruz of Three Rivers; a son, Eric (Ashley) Cruz of Three Rivers; a daughter, Megan Cruz (Evan Klaevemann) of Boerne; grandchildren, Hayleigh Cruz, Tesla Cruz and Kysen Cruz; a brother, Daniel (Angie) Cruz of Beeville; two sisters, Norma (Richard) Tanguma and Jennifer (Estaban) Lucas, both of Three Rivers; his stepmother, Alice Cruz of Three Rivers; numerous nieces, nephews and Godchildren; and a host of friends.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, August 22, at St. George Catholic Church in George West with a Rosary to be recited at 7 o’clock.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, August 23, at St. George Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Three Rivers Cemetery in Three Rivers.

Pallbearers will be Eric Cruz, Daniel Cruz, Mario Dominguez, Daniel Guajardo, David Saenz Jr. and Evan Klaevemann.

Honorary pallbearers will be David Saenz, Maggie Alvarez, Bobby Ruiz, Rene Rocha and Kysen Cruz.

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Services

Visitation
Sunday
August 22, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
St. George Catholic Church
304 Crockett St.
George West, TX 78022

Rosary
Sunday
August 22, 2021

7:00 PM
St. George Catholic Church
304 Crockett St.
George West, TX 78022

Funeral Mass
Monday
August 23, 2021

10:00 AM
St. George Catholic Church
304 Crockett St.
George West, TX 78022

Interment following funeral service
Monday
August 23, 2021

Three Rivers Cemetery
Hwy. 72
Three Rivers, TX 78071

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