Rafael Gallegos Castaneda, 89, of Brownwood, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 in Brownwood. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday Nov. 14 at Premera Iglesia Bautista Mexicana located at 1600 Melwood Ave. The service will be officiated by the Rev. Margarito Barboza.

Rafael was born Nov. 6, 1930 in Villa Union Coahilla Mexico to parents Pascual Castaneda Sr. and Delfina Gallegos Castaneda. During his younger days he worked as a ranch hand and loved ranching. He loved raising horses and dogs, and any type of animals. Rafael Worked at 3M and retired after 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Henrietta Torres Castaneda; brothers, Pascual Castaneda Jr., and Inosencio Castaneda; and sisters, Josefa Colica, Micaela Hernandez, Carmen Arriaga, and Delfina Zamora.

Left to cherish his memories are daughter, Elda Castaneda, and son, Rafael Castaneda Jr., both of Mexico; granddaughter, Hailey Castaneda Gongora and husband Mark Gongora Jr. and their children Trey and Emma Gongora; sister, Paula Sanchez; brother, Guadalupe Castaneda; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

The family of Rafael would like to thank the staff at Red Stone Assisted Living and Integra Hospice Care for the loving care they provided for our beloved Rafael Castaneda. Services entrusted to Brownwood Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.brownwoodfuneralhome.net.