LEIPSIC – Joe R. Cervantes, Sr., 87 of Leipsic, passed away peacefully at 1:48 a.m. Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. He was born in San Antonio, TX July 27, 1931, to the late Pablo and Antonia Cervantes.

Joe had twelve children with Rachel (Rodriguez) Cervantes. She died August 1, 2015.

Survivors include nine children: Andy (Kathy) Cervantes of Waxahachie, TX; Linda (John) De La Rosa of Fostoria; JoAnn (David) Bloom of Leipsic; David Cervantes of Hamler; Cindy (Randy) Bishop of Defiance; Joe (Melaine) Cervantes, Jr. of Middletown; Tina (Jerry) Jackson of Woodbridge, VA.; Steven (Patricia) Cervantes of Glouster, and Michael Cervantes of Leipsic; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Cervantes of Leipsic; 32 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two daughters: Raquel Cervantes and Rose Marie Cervantes; a son: Richard Cervantes; a grandson: Taurean "TJ" Jackson; a great-granddaughter: Mika Andrea Hernandez; and a half brother, Joe Garcia.

Joe retired from General Motors, Defiance. He enjoyed tinkering with cars and anything mechanical. He liked to joke around and he loved his family and his dogs.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, January 4, 2019 at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Leipsic, with Pastor Darrell Davidson and Pastor Jed Brake officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Leipsic. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Condolences can be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.