Tony Cruz Jr.


SYRACUSE — Tony Cruz Jr., 68, died Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse.

SYRACUSE — Tony Cruz Jr., 68, died Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse.

He was born June 15, 1945, in Clayton, N.M., to Tony F. Cruz Sr. and Veronica Vigil Cruz.

A Syracuse resident since 1980, Mr. Cruz later opened up Tony's Body Shop.

On Dec. 20, 1986, he married Carolyn R. Schmidt in Garden City. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Kurtis Cruz of Syracuse, and Albert Cruz of Garden City; two daughters, Mindy Cruz of Syracuse, and Monica Estrada of Jetmore; two brothers, Chris Cruz of Garden City, and Lucas Cruz of Dodge City; four sisters, Rosie Gomez of Las Cruces, N.M., Cathy Lucero and Vicki Ngirachedeng, both of Garden City, and Mary Ortiz of Dodge City; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Michelle Cruz.

Funeral will begin at 10 a.m. MDT Monday at the Wesleyan Church, Syracuse. Burial will follow at Syracuse Cemetery.

Visitation hours are 1 to 7 p.m. MDT Sunday at Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Syracuse. Condolences may be sent to In lieu of flowers, memorials payable to the Grandchildren Scholarship Fund may be sent in care of the funeral home, Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878.


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