Pedro L. ‘Pete’ Cruz Sr.


March 6, 1940 - Nov. 24, 2012



Pedro L. “Pete” Cruz Sr. of Waukesha died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at the age of 72. He was born in Harlingen, Texas, on March 6, 1940, the son of Ricardo and Dorotea (nee Lerma) Cruz.


Pete owned and operated Pete’s Place, Pete & Danny’s and the Cruz Club. While owner of Pete’s Place, he sponsored softball teams and he enjoyed running a billiards league in Waukesha. He was a member of the Waukesha Tavern League.


He will be sadly missed by his son, Pedro (Rose) Cruz Jr., and his daughter, Diana (Salvador) Martinez, both of Waukesha; his grandchildren, Salvador Jr., Antonio, Martin, Victoria and Marcos Martinez, and Gina, Daniel Jr., Miranda, Dylan and Hayleh Cruz; and his two great-grandchildren, Yesenia and Antonio Jr. He is further survived by his siblings, Fidencio (Tomasa) Cruz, twin brother Pablo (Susie) Cruz, Maria “Cuca” (the late Eziquiel Sr.) Mendez, Carmela (the late Andres) Perez, Chelo (Santos) Saenz, Elvira (Max) Garza, Eduvijes (the late Jose) Lara, the late Ricardo (Rebecca) Cruz, the late Nasario (Herminia) Cruz and the late Juan (Leonor) Cruz; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 


He was preceded in death by his son, Daniel Cruz, on Nov. 7, 2005, and by his parents.


Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. A prayer service will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. Visitation continues Friday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service at First Assembly of God, 1314 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Todd Pope and the Rev. Ryan Mustered will preside. Graveside services will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery. 


Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 547-4035, or visit our website at www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.