Mr. Evaristo Carranza Reta Sr., 76, of Morris, Ill., passed away Monday, June 3, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill.
Born Oct. 26, 1936, to the late Simon and Petra (Carranza) Reta in SLP, Mexico, he had resided in Morris for many years.
Mr. Reta is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Hortencia (Gustavo) Reta; children Bruno (Mary Ann), Ismael and Xavier Reta, all of Morris; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-, great-grandchildren; one sister, Virginia R. Morin of Houston, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Evaristo Reta Jr. (2012); a grandson, Esteban Reta; his parents; and one brother, Mariano Reta.
Evaristo was an avid gardener who enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. In younger years, he played semi-pro baseball in Brownsville, Texas. He retired from Sponge Cushion after many years of service, and was formerly employed by Alumax and New Jersey Zinc of Depue, Ill.
Funeral services for Evaristo Reta Sr. will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 6, at Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 1201 West U.S. 6, at Deerpath Drive., Morris, with Fr. Edward Howe, C.R., officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to his family would be appreciated.
Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, Morris, is in charge of arrangements.
For additional information, call the funeral home at (815) 942-5040 or log onto www.fredcdames.com.