Obituary: Joseph “Joey” George Castro, Jr.

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Beloved son, grandson, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend, Joseph G. Castro, Jr. was born on May 5, 1985, then returned to our Heavenly Father, unexpectedly, in San Antonio, Texas at the young age of 36. Joey was born and raised in Winters. His early years were spent on his grandparent’s ranch on Holmes Lane. Most days he roamed the ranch in his underwear and little cowboy boots. Joey loved ranch living, his bubbly, humorous, and energetic spirit was a constant source of entertainment for his family members.

Joey was an adventure-loving thrill seeker who lived his life full throttle. He enjoyed skydiving, motorcycles, big trucks, all-terrain vehicles, and anything else that would give him an adrenaline rush.

Joey experienced more in his short life than others do in a lifetime. He was a hard-working pipeliner for Barnard Pipeline, Teichert and Gas Transmission at IBEW Local 1245. His accomplishments include obtaining a NACE Certification from NACE International Institute of Texas, and obtaining a position as a pipeline inspector at Gulf Interstate Engineering in Virginia. He traveled across the USA several times, documenting his travels along the way by taking selfies at historical landmarks and points of interest. When you remember Joey, celebrate his life by remembering his quick wit, energetic soul, and the compassion he felt for all people from all walks of life. He treasured each and every one of you.

Joseph is survived by his mother and father, Stephanie and Joseph Castro, Sr.; two sisters Autumn (Sergio) Alvarado and Raven Castro; brother Cale Castro; grandfather George Castro (all of Winters); Grandmother Mary Anne (Lewis) Rooney of Esparto; niece and nephew Addison and Carson Alvarado; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins that Joey dearly loved.

Joey was preceded in death by his beloved grandfather Stanley Rooney, Jr. and grandmother Marie Castro.

A graveside service will be held at the Winters Cemetery on Friday, April 1, at 11 a.m. Reception to follow.

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