Steven Ray Cantu

19770523 –


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Steven Ray Cantu passed away Sunday, May 19, 2019. Rosary will be prayed Friday, May 24, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designer followed by visitation. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 41 years at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with burial following in Ackerly, Texas.

Steven was born on May 23, 1977 in Big Spring, Texas. He was a 1995 graduate of Sands CISD in Ackerly, but before graduation married his high school sweetheart, Irma Linda Ybarra (now Cantu) on March 27, 1995.

He had the biggest heart – though he did not show it to a lot of people – and was loyal to his friends. Steven loved to joke around with friends, which also meant he would take any opportunity to dog on the Dallas Cowboys.

As a huge sports fan he was always watching some game, and if you asked him anything about football, basketball, professional wrestling and (especially) baseball, he would be able to answer it correctly. But he was a bigger fan of the sports his kids played – he was their number one fan.

If he wasn’t watching sports, though, he was watching something on the news; CNN mainly.

He enjoyed spending time with his wife, kids and family. We will miss watching CNN, SportsCenter, Golden State Warriors basketball and Texas Rangers baseball with him. Though, recently he started to become a huge Kansas City Chiefs fan.

Steven was an active member of Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church and was part of its Men’s Club.

He was extremely proud of his children. If he wasn’t talking about sports, then he was talking about his kids and all his friends knew about them and their achievements.

His wife and kids will miss him so much.

Survivors include his wife, Irma; children, Michael, Maegan, Mari and Manny Cantu all of New Deal; father, David Cantu of Ackerly; mother, Yolanda Abrego and husband, Alonzo of Lubbock; brother, Anthony Cantu of Lubbock; sister, Alma Lafuente and husband, Jerry of New Deal; and grandmothers, Lonnie Cantu of Ackerly; and Eba Vidales of San Antonio.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Ralph Cantu, and Jose Vidales, Sr.


8 thoughts on “Steven Ray Cantu”

  1. So sorry for your loss. May God grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers for all of the family.
    John, Stephanie, Favian, Miguel, Andres, Javier

  2. Steven was my best friend at a time that only he could’ve been to me. He kept my head above water as I started to sink by calling me names every time I started to feel sorry for myself. He allowed me to come out to his house and hang out with him and his family because he knew I was just going to sit in my apartment and soak in my misery. Those times were my favorite times during my stent in Lubbock. I appreciated Steve for the type of human being he was. A rare breed, to say the least. I loved this man like a brother, and I honestly feel he loved me too but like a little annoying brother. His family was very special to me. They were people I looked forward to seeing as I drove down 20 on my way to New Deal. It was always a good time, especially when Mannie’s championship belt was on the line. One thing I know is I’ll miss Steve a lot. I love you Steve. Until we see each other again.

  3. Our deepest condolences to Maegan and the whole Cantu family from Cissy and everyone at the Senior Citizen Center. May you find peace and comfort with your family and all your friends.

  4. Our deepest Condolences to the Cantu and Ortiz Families.
    Jesse and Maria Salazar and Pilar and Johnny Yanez.

  5. Steven was not only at one time, a faithful and dependable employee of our company, but a good friend to us all. Steven has been like a family member to Margaret and myself, and after his leaving our company we have always done our best to keep tabs on him. His smiling face, and quick wit will be missed by us all.
    God Bless Steven!

  6. Irma lamento mucho tu pérdida. Que las palabras de nuestro amoroso Padre celestial les traiga consuelo y fortaleza durante este tiempo tan difícil. Nuestro creador promete regresar a nuestros seres queridos a la vida en un mundo perfecto donde no habrá más sufrimiento o muerte (Juan 5:28-29 & Apocalipsis 21:4)

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