Basilio Castaneda (Chilo) died on Aug. 2, 2013, accompanied by his wife and family. He was born on April 15, 1940, to Benino and Maria Castaneda in Carlsbad. They preceded him in death. He was also preceded by three siblings: Rito, Maria Juanita and Maria Jesus. His first wife, Nancy, preceded him in 2006.
He is survived by his wife Rosa, and four sons: Basilio and Cindy Castaneda, of Capitan (children: Jessica, Josh and Alexander), Ben and Suzan Castaneda, of La Plata (children: Benino, Diego, Elisea, Eric, Joseph, William and Arabela), Rito and Terri Castaneda, of Roswell (children: Crystal and Savannah), Alfonso Castaneda and Trish, of Perryville, Ark. (children: Patrick and Brandy). He is also survived by his stepchildren: Sulema Ponce (children: Jasmine and Josiah), Reynaldo Ponce (children: Amelia, Elias and Nehemiah), Mayra Galindo (children: Jessica and Vallerie), and Jaime Reta; siblings: Socorro Castaneda, Seferina Lavario, Frank Castaneda, Gregoria Herrera and Joe De La Rosa. He also had many nieces and nephews and great-grandchildren who loved him.
Chilo was a welder; he worked for Armstrong Construction for many years. When he retired, he continued to weld completing many projects for family and friends. He enjoyed making discos and personalizing them for each person. He loved teaching the art of welding to others.
A memorial service will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. He will be cremated and interred at a later date. Condolences may be made online at lagronefuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.