Juan "John" T. Costilla, 91, of Ravenna, passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2014. He was born on June 24, 1922 in Melvin, Texas, to Paula and Gabino Costilla. Juan enlisted in the Army in 1941 and served our country during WWII before becoming a barber for the next 17 years. He and his wife, Herminia "Minnie" Costilla moved their family from Levelland, Texas to Ravenna, Ohio in 1968 and worked as migrant workers in Mantua, Ohio before living their dream of opening their very own Mexican restaurant El Charro, in downtown Ravenna, Ohio in 1969. Their legacy of family-run restaurants lives on in the family's younger generations including El Charro, El Charrito, Tequila Don Pancho's, A&W, Perico's, Arturo's and many others. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Minnie and his son Pancho DeLeon.
He is survived by his loving partner of 15 years, Peggy Humbert and his children Arthur (Minnie) DeLeon, Loli Perez, Gabe (Sue) Costilla, Gilbert Costilla, Elma (Ted) Roen, Olivia (Bill) Jones and daughter-in-law Sophia DeLeon, 27 grandchildren, 49 great grandchildren, and 13 great-great grandchildren. Calling hours are scheduled for Sunday, January 19th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Adams Mason Funeral Home, 791 E. Market St., Akron, Ohio. A Catholic funeral mass will take place at The Immaculate Conception Church, 409 W. Main St., in Ravenna, Ohio on Monday, January 20th at 10:00 AM. Juan will be laid to rest after the service at St. Mary's Cemetery. A gathering at the VFW post on New Milford Rd. in Ravenna will then follow.
(ADAMS MASON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY / 330-535-9186, RC 1-15-14)