On June 21, 2013, our beloved father and husband, Custodio "Gus, Chuco, Pop" Vaca Campos lost his battle to cancer, and went to be with our Lord. He was a man of few words, with a big impact on the lives he touched. He was a caring brother, friend, and Marine.
He was born in Santa Barbara at Cottage Hospital on June 3, 1944. He served our country in the United States Marine Corps, traveled the world and settled back in his home town to raise his sons, Custodio Campos III and Chris Campos; and daughter, Marie Campos Echevarria. He later moved to Ventura County to enjoy his retirement with dear friends while camping, barbecuing, hanging out and enjoying a cold beer.
It was during this time that he met his adoring wife, Teresa. He was a true gift to her by bringing courage, strength, inspiration and unconditional love. They spent their days laughing, dancing, eating, and enjoying all that life has to offer in each others company.
He was fascinated by the latest kitchen gadget, as he was an amazing chef. He filled his days intrigued by vintage motorcycles, classic firearms and an occasional hunting trip. Those who had the honor of knowing him knew that his Chihuahuas were his life, his companions, and his "babies." His Chihuahuas often ate better meals than the average person.
He courageously fought until the very end against the horrid disease of cancer. With family and friends by his side, he embraced his final days with simple rides to the beach, quick visits to those he loved, and watching a good television show. A special thanks to Dr. Rodnick, one of the best doctors one can have on your side in this battle, and to Roze Room Hospice for helping to care for him. He will forever be with us watching over his wife, Teresa Campos; children, Custodio (Rozalynn) Campos III, Marie (Skeet) Campos Echevarria, Chris (Becky) Campos; stepchildren, Lydia (Cp) Olivo, Chito Oseguera, Eliy (Irene) Oseguera, Alfonso (Veronica) Oseguera, Mouse Oseguera, Ernesto (Erika) Oseguera, Esteban (Stephanie) Oseguera, Yoleita (Felipe) Alaniz; grandchildren, Custodio Campos IV, Mark Campos, Bianca Campos, Michelle Hererra, Kristy Echevarria, Diego Campos, Adrian Campos, Sireno Campos Bienevides; step-grandchildren, Joseph Olivo, Alina Olivo, Chito Oseguera Jr., Andrea Oseguera, Paul Oseguera, Ruben Gutierrez, Anthony Oseguera, Andrew Oseguera, Felipe Alaniz, Teresa Carmen "Mamas" Alaniz; great-granddaughter, Dehlila Medal; and numerous nieces and nephews; beloved Chihuahuas, Pico de Gallo, Crobar, and Chula Girl.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home, 757 E. Main Street, Ventura, with a Rosary at 7 p.m. in the Funeral Home. Funeral Mass Thursday, June 27, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 10800 Henderson Road Ventura. Aerial Scattering of Ashes at Sea with 1st Memorial Honor Detail on Saturday, June 29, at the end of the Ventura Pier at 10 a.m. (weather permitting). www.reardonfuneral.com