77-year old Frank "Cheezer" Cruz of LaSalle died Sunday at IVCH in Peru. Prayers will be held at 9:20 on Thursday at the Barto Funeral Home in Spring Valley followed by Mass of Christian burial at 10:00 at St. Mary Catholic Church in DePue.
Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Park with graveside military rites conducted by the Ladd American Legion. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 Wednesday at the Barto Funeral Home in Spring Valley. Frank was born on June 4, 1940 in Princeton to Rafael and Mary Cruz. He married Sandra Stevens on September 30, 1967.
He attended DePue High School and IVCC. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and worked at Caterpillar for more than 30 years. He is survived by his wife Sandra; his children, Louis, Scott, and Brian Cruz, Missy Leverton, Becky Dappen, Chrissy Ellis, Gina Stuart, and Tracy and Fran Brolley; grandchildren, great-grandchildren; 3 brothers, Anthony John and Thomas Cruz; 6 sisters, Josie Tomsha Gravert, Connie Diamond, Annie Downie, Lolie Acuncius, Susie Jordan, and Mary Ellen Schneider.
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