US Army

Rafael Cardenas

December 25, 1952 ~ April 9, 2020 (age 67)

Obituary Image


Rafael Cardenas, Jr. age 67, of Longview, Texas passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2020 of complications of ALS. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on December 25, 1952.

He was husband, father, son and brother and will be greatly missed by his loving family. Rafael served in the US Army from December 19, 1972, till December 10, 1975, in the Signal Corp earning the rank of Sergeant. He worked at Texas Eastman Chemical for over 30 years. Rafael had a passion for music and enjoyed dancing. He will be remembered as a joyful soul. Who loved adventure and was very fearless. Rafael was very social and outgoing and loved to travel the world.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Irene M. Cardenas and his three children, mother, two sisters, and one brother. Rafael is preceded in death by his father and one sister.

A private funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at The Cammack Family Welch Funeral Home. A family interment will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at the Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery with the US Army providing Military Honors.

Online condolence may be left at

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Rafael Cardenas, please visit our floral store.

 Service Program


You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or by planting a memorial tree in the memory of Rafael Cardenas
© 2020 Welch Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy