ROBERT ROSAS CASTORENA
September 22, 1943-September 23, 2015
The Castorena Family will have a Memorial Mass for their beloved Bobby Castorena, who passed away on September 23, 2015. The Memorial Mass will be on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at San Salvador Catholic Church, 178 West “K” Street, Colton, CA 92324. Please join the family for a Reception immediately following the Memorial Mass at the Gonzales Community Center, 670 Colton Avenue, Colton, CA. Lunch will be served 12:30-2:00. All family and friends are invited to attend the Mass and Reception.
Bob, age 72, surrounded by his family, peacefully went home to be with our Lord on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 in San Antonio. He was born on September 22, 1943 in San Bernardino, California. Bob was a devoted Husband, Father, Brother, Grandfather, Uncle and Nephew. Bob’s greatest joy in life was his true love since kindergarten Sharon, his wife of 50 years, his Grandson Sebastian Nicholas Castorena, who was “the apple of his eye,” and his entire family. Bob is survived by: his loving wife, Sharon Louise (Cortez) Castorena; Son, Michael Anthony Castorena, Son, Robert Castorena, Jr., M.D., Daughter In Law, Deborah Louise Castorena and Grandson, Sebastian Nicholas Castorena; Brother, Mario Castorena, Sisters, Olivia Guerrero, Veronica Martinez and Cecilia Castorena Limon; Aunt Virginia Rosas; and numerous Nieces, Nephews and God Children – – whom he loved dearly and was so vested in their wellbeing and future. He will be joining the loving company of his parents, Gabriel Terrones Castorena and Consuelo Rosas Castorena; his sister, Maria Elena “Giggles” Castorena and his brothers, Gabriel Castorena, Jr. and Fernando Castorena. Bob’s greatest endearing characteristics were his sense of humor, compassion and the warmth with which he welcomed everyone into his and Sharon’s home. He lived a life through faith and family. Bob graduated from Colton High School (1962), graduated from Oklahoma State University (1971), Stillwater, Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and in 1974, graduated with a M.B.A. from Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma. He retired as a Major from the U.S. Air Force where he served with Management Engineering Teams and the National Security Agency. After retiring from the Air Force, he was a Federal Employee at Kelly Air Force Base for 16 years, where he served as Production Branch Chief in the Aircraft Division, Directorate of Maintenance. Upon retiring from Federal Service, he became Vice-President of TEAM Integrated Engineering, Inc. Bob was an active member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Selma, Texas where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, Usher and on the Building Committee. He was active in charity, highlighted by serving on the Board for the Sembradores of San Antonio, 2012-2014. Bob also volunteered for many years in youth sports coaching soccer, baseball and basketball teams.
ROBERT ROSAS CASTORENA