José Adrian del Castillo II, 89 of Brownsville, Texas entered into eternal rest on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at his residence with his family by his side.
José was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar J. del Castillo and Clotilde Paredes Ceballos, his brother, Oscar (Olive) del Castillo, sister, Esperanza (Guadalupe+) Padron, aunt, Rosita del Castillo, nephew, Dr. Manfred del Castillo and grandson, Graham Austin Nye.
José is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lois del Castillo and his children: David del Castillo, Judy (Roger) Edelman, Jeff (Jan) del Castillo, Dr. Diana del Castillo Nye, José A. del Castillo III and Michelle (Cooper) Davis. He is also survived by siblings, Manfredo (Lucia+) del Castillo, Wayne Ceballos and Lidia (Armando) Casta�eda. His loving grandchildren are: Danielle (Trey) Shelton, Christa (Morgan) Lee, Blair Nye, Miles (Jordan) Nye, Emily Nye, Aaron Davis & Adrienne Davis.
Joe, as he was affectionately known, was born in 1926 in Brownsville, Texas. Upon graduation from high school in 1943, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served in the Pacific Theatre of Operations at Fleet Weather Central, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the Naval Air Station on Midway Island and onboard the escort carrier USS Badoeng Strait as an aerographer's mate 3rd class. Upon discharge from the Navy, he attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with dual bachelor degrees in zoology and botany. He was a member of the University of Texas U.S. Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corp and graduated as a distinguished military graduate in 1950.
Recalled to active duty in 1951, he served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was assigned to the 19th Bomb Group, 30th Bombardment Squadron in Okinawa, Japan as a supply officer. Discharged as a 1st Lieutenant in June 1954, he returned to the University of Texas at Austin and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy. He was a proud Longhorn and served on the UT Pharmacy School Advisory Council from 1984-1990. Joe was a practicing pharmacist for 55 years. He worked at many pharmacies during his long career that included Gonzalez, Walgreens, Palm Village, El Centro, Adam's, Maldonado's, Tino's and Den Russ Pharmacy where he practiced for 25 years.
Joe was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed not only by his family and friends but by all those fortunate to have known him.
Visitation will held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2015, in the East Chapel at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home, with a prayer service scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday evening at Darling-Mouser. A Funeral Liturgical Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, 1218 E. Jefferson St. Committal services will follow at Buena Vista Burial Park. Military honors will be rendered at the graveside under the direction of The VFW Post 2035.
Joe's three sons and three grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers include: Dennis Ambrose, J.J. Martinez, John Cantu, Clarence Boesch and Colonel Ralph Jones.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Joe's name may be made to: Sunshine Haven Hospice Facility, 7105 West Lakeside Blvd., Olmito, TX 78575.