Lorenzo Cervantes

  • Born: August 8, 1923
  • Died: April 18, 2022
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

1002 12th Avenue
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family


Lorenzo Cervantes, 98, of Sterling, passed away peacefully on Monday April 18, 2022 at Rock River Hospice & Home.

He was born in Uvalde, TX the son of Jesus and Catalina (Valdez) Cervantes. He was a veteran of WW II having served from Feb 18, 1943 – Nov 2, 1945 in the U.S. Army Special Forces with the Devil Brigade. He was awarded the Silver Maple Leaf by the Canadian Government and a Bronze Star by the US Government. He married Concha Garcia on January 10, 1949 in Sterling. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co for 36 years retiring from the conditioning yard. Lorenzo attended St. Mary Catholic Church and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal Fan. For many years he did lawn maintenance and landscaping.

Survivors include his wife, Concha; daughters: Mary Kay Kested (Terry Smith) and Laura (Donald) Conklen; sons: Tony (Sally) Cervantes, Lorenzo (Dana)
Cervantes Jr and David Cervantes; 10 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

Private burial with military honors will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling, with the Reverend James R. Kennan officiating. There will be no visitation.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry for your loss.
He was a wonderful , sweet man!
Hugs to you all .

Posted by Laura Long - Friend   April 26, 2022

I first met Lorenzo in 1974 and I was able to realize that he was truly genuine and a extremely hard worker. I have always held him in the most highest level that others should follow as a role model to be a true family man. My deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy for all of his family
John Johnson
Melbourne, Florida

Posted by JOHN JOHNSON - MELBOURNE, FL - Coworker   April 23, 2022

I'm so sorry to all of you!Prayers to all!

Posted by Martin Fredericks - Rock Falls, IL - Neighbor   April 23, 2022

To all of the Cervantes Family, my heart goes out to you.I have always admired his work ethic.After 52 years I just lost my beautiful wife Barbara.I know what you are going thru..The heartbreak is heavy.Good Luck to you all.

Posted by Tom Fredericks - Sterling, IL - Friend   April 23, 2022

Our deepest condolences to the Cervantes family. Thinking of you all, Sending prayers.

Posted by Delores Esparza and Family.    April 22, 2022

To my Godmother and family, I send my prayers and condolences to you and family. I was happy that I got to visit you in sterling a few years back. may God give you strength during this time.

Posted by Catherine Marruffo Tomaselli - Other   April 22, 2022

Sorry for your loss

Posted by Heron Salmon - Sterling, IL - Acquaintance   April 20, 2022

My condolences on the loss of your Father, Grandfather, and hero.

Posted by Keith Segura    April 19, 2022

My sincere condolences on your family´s loss. May God grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time. My prayers are with all of you.

Posted by Lucy Puentes and family - Friend   April 19, 2022

Our deepest sympathy in the loss of this amazing man. He was a hard worker, funny and so kind. Prayers and hugs to his family.

Posted by Gary and Judy Hall & family - Friend   April 19, 2022

Sorry for your loss. I enjoyed talking with him. Always a smile when ever I saw him he always took time to say hello to me.

Posted by Mindy Todd - Sterling, IL - Friend   April 19, 2022