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Juan L. Castaneda

Juan passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

He was born April 22, 1953 in Plainwell, the son of Santiago and Amelia (Lopez) Castaneda. Juan worked at Menasha for 27 years until his retirement in 2004. He then went on to graduate from Scottsdale Culinary Institute in 2007.

In his free time Juan loved building things. He enjoyed playing basketball, baseball, football and for many years played indoor soccer. Juan loved corvettes especially 1963 and 1965 models. He liked boating, walking his dog coco and for the past 15 years enjoyed RVing with his wife to spend winters in Texas. Juan was happiest when surrounded by his family especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In 1976 in Otsego he married Deborah Covault who survives. Also surviving are his daughters, Marcey (Craig) Sweet of Otsego and Angelicka (Shawn) Swinehart of Eaton Rapids; 6 grandchildren, Johnathan (Sara), Madison, Payton, Ellie, Cooper and Laney; 2 great-grandchildren, Avory and Jameson; siblings, Jimbo, Rickey, David, Freddy and Albert along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Willie, Victor and Junior.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Contributions in memory of Juan may be made to the

American Cancer Society.

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Kim Reed

November 18, 2020 at 5:56 pm

Deb and family- Our hearts are breaking for you! We love you so much. Hugs and prayers!! Kim & Craig


Brenda Rutherford Lamb

November 20, 2020 at 7:42 pm

Deb I’m so sorry there aren’t any words that I can say to make this easier just know your in my heart and prayers



November 18, 2020 at 6:24 pm

Deb and family my heart breaks for you

Love you guys

Ron and Diane


Kim Pierce

November 18, 2020 at 6:24 pm

Deb and family we are so sorry to here of Juan’s passing. We are sending our condolences and hugs and prayers


Pat Hoekstra

November 18, 2020 at 6:28 pm

Deb and family, I am so sorry to hear about Jaun’s passing. I pray Deb you continue to recover from this awful virus. My deepest sympathy…

Pat (Doss) Hoekstra


Karen Marsh

November 18, 2020 at 7:12 pm

Jake and I are saddened to hear of Juan’s passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Hugs to all


Buddy Koehrn

November 18, 2020 at 7:16 pm

Deb, Marcey, Angie and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you, in this time of loss. You guys were the first people we met when we moved to Michigan 37 years ago. When we moved in next door, and heard the band practicing, we knew we would have some cool neighbors. Remember when both families went to Six Flags in your Blazer?


Bob and Debby

November 18, 2020 at 7:22 pm

Deb and family. We are so very sorry to hear of Juan’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.


Pati Nilsen LaRowe

November 18, 2020 at 7:25 pm

Deb and family , my condolence to you . Sending hugs and love.


Linda Lyons

November 18, 2020 at 7:27 pm

Deb and family so sorry, my heart breaks for you, hugs and prayers


Mike and Chris VanDenBerg

November 18, 2020 at 7:31 pm

Sending our condolences and prayers for the family. Sorry for your loss


Dayle Hadden

November 18, 2020 at 7:36 pm

Deb, Albert

Sorry for your loss. Although I haven’t seen any of you for a long time I still remember the honesty and integrity of your entire family.


VanDenBerg Families

November 18, 2020 at 7:43 pm

So sorry to hear of Juan’s passing keeping you in our thoughts and prayers….


Pam Patenaude

November 18, 2020 at 7:45 pm

Deb, I am soooo very sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.


Kim Dorothy Blagg

November 18, 2020 at 7:47 pm

Deb, I was shocked when I heard. I thought the prayers had delivered him safely into recovery. Please know we are here for you in whatever capacity possible. I know you are devastated. With love, Kim


Michael and Kelly (Koehrn) Williams

November 18, 2020 at 7:50 pm

Deb, Marcey, and Angie,

We are so incredibly sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved husband and dad. May God hold you in the palm of His hand as you mourn. Michael and I both have fond memories of spending time at your fun-filled and loving home. Juan truly left a memorable mark in our young lives. We are embracing you with prayer knowing that even though you are grieving, Juan is now rejoicing with Jesus!



November 18, 2020 at 8:00 pm

Deb and family ,

So sorry to hear of juan’s passing.Our thoughts and prayers for you in your time of grief. John and Diane (Smith)Tobias


Tammy Pfau Leonard

November 18, 2020 at 8:11 pm

My sweet , precious friend Deb and all of your Family and Friends….. my heart aches for all of you so I can’t even imagine how broken you may feel.

May our Lord wrap his arms around you and ease your pain during this terrible time

All my love and hugs and prayers


Keith Kling

November 18, 2020 at 8:14 pm


So sorry to hear about Juan’s passing. I always enjoyed working with him. We will pray for comfort for you and your family.


Linda Perrin

November 18, 2020 at 8:19 pm

Deb, I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. Know we are all keeping you and your family in our thoughts and praying for your comfort. ((hugs))


Rick Howrigon

November 18, 2020 at 8:22 pm

Deb and family, I heard today the news about Juan. I am so so sorry, I know the pain of your loss.

Know that I’m thinking of you all and praying for peace and comfort to come to each of you.


Walt & Pat Schmitt

November 18, 2020 at 8:24 pm

Deb and family and extended family we are so sad to hear about the shocking news of Juan.

Our hearts ache for you all. We are praying for Gods love and peace to surround you, fill you over flowing, and comfort you until we are joined with Juan in paradise.

Much love and peace to you all

Walt & Pat


Ken & Mary Brown

November 18, 2020 at 8:40 pm

We are so sorry for your loss.


Rob caswell

November 18, 2020 at 8:44 pm

Deb and family so sorry to hear about your loss thoughts and prayers for everyone.


Tony Sanderson

November 18, 2020 at 8:44 pm

I worked with Juan at Menasha for over 20 years, until the mill closed. We worked together on the same machine for some of that time. Juan was gentleman and great person to know.

Judy and I are very saddened by his death.

Our prayers an condolences to his family,

Tony and Judy Sanderson



November 18, 2020 at 9:15 pm

Debbie we are so sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. Joe and Cindy Holmes


gary f hadden

November 18, 2020 at 9:58 pm

so sorry for your loss. he was a good man.



November 18, 2020 at 10:03 pm

So sorry for your loss



November 18, 2020 at 10:14 pm

I have known most of this family since we were kids in grade school-so sorry for yet another heartbreaking tragedy


Mark Pearson

November 18, 2020 at 10:31 pm

Many fond memories working with Juan at Menasha. Rest In Peace my friend.


Will welch

November 18, 2020 at 11:03 pm

My condolences to the family…


Sally A Laws

November 18, 2020 at 11:11 pm

Deb, I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Juan. He will be missed at Schnable. Big hugs to you & your family.


Roberta Stewart

November 19, 2020 at 12:33 am

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.


Jamie Todd

November 19, 2020 at 1:12 am

Deb, Marcey, Angie and families,

We are deeply sorry to hear of the loss of Juan. You all will be in our continued thoughts and prayers during this time and days ahead.

The Todd’s,

Lynda, Jamie & Keith


Karen Burnell Krajecki

November 19, 2020 at 3:10 am


So sorry to hear about Juan. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers.


Sue (Selter) Bozarth

November 19, 2020 at 5:22 am

Sorry for your loss. Have known Juan since living down the street from time we were young. May God bless you and the family. May God watch over you in your time of loss.


Steve and Cheryl Mario

November 19, 2020 at 5:30 am

Our hearts are heavy knowing we lost another great person way to soon. May your memories carry you through this difficult time and beyond. Juan was a kind man who always had a big smile and will be greatly missed. Our hearts and thoughts are with the whole family .


Brittany Novais

November 19, 2020 at 6:40 am

My family is so saddened by Juan’s passing! We will be praying for your family. ❤️


Dawn Vernia

November 19, 2020 at 6:44 am

Deb, I am so sorry. May God put his loving arms around you and get you through this very difficult time. All my love. Dawn Vernia


Sam Smith

November 19, 2020 at 7:50 am

My Heart Aches for You all!!

You are in my Heart and Prayers.

RIP Juan




Nancy Roe Green

November 19, 2020 at 8:56 am

I’m so very sorry for your loss. I pray God’s Grace brings you comfort.


Bryon Sheldon

November 19, 2020 at 8:57 am

Prays for Juans family. Spent many years working with him at the mill.

You will be missed my freind


Ron and Darlene Hoover

November 19, 2020 at 9:04 am

Marcy and family

So very sorry to hear of your Dad. Our heart and prayers go out to you

Love you guys

Ron and Darlene Hoover


Tracee Dunlop

November 19, 2020 at 9:14 am

Dear Deb, Marcey and Angie, All though we did not see you a lot, we never forgot you. We have such great memories of all of you. Juan had such a fun personality. We have lots of fun stories from our younger days that we still talk about. Sending our love to all of you during this difficult time. Joe and Tracee XOXO


Carol watson

November 19, 2020 at 9:23 am

Debbie and family my heart hurts for you! May the good lord wrap his arms around all of you in your time of need! Hugs and prayers my friend! Carol W.


Ric Aguilar

November 19, 2020 at 9:32 am

Please accept our deepest sympathies to all of the Johnny’s family. I will always remember Johnny’s love for his family. I remember Johnny mostly from when we were kids when his parents would come visit our parents and vise versa. The cousins would always find something to do outside like playing softball, football, or whatever. As Johnny and the other cousins got older they didn’t come with their parents anymore and we would only see each other at family events like Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day when they were older and able to drive. I last saw Johnny at a family get together on the 4th of July, two years ago. He was so full of life and energy. He was was so proud of his granddaughter he had brought along. I wish I could have seen Johnny one more time……….I will miss him. Ric & Tanya Aguilar


Woodard Family

November 19, 2020 at 10:04 am

No words can not express the ache in your hearts when you loose the ones who are the closest to us but know the love we feel is heartbreaking. We feel your profound pain and with you all our thoughts, love and prayers. Are with each of you. May God wrap his loving arms around you .

We love and miss you.


Terri Gott

November 19, 2020 at 10:37 am

Marcy. So sorry to read this about your Dad. I haven’t been to Judy’s in s long time and miss seeing you. This makes me so sad. I did not know your Dad, but I knew your Mom. My sincere sympathy to the whole family. Give your mom a hug from me. May God Bless you and you’re whole family.

Terri Gott


Gayle Veld-Sander

November 19, 2020 at 10:59 am

Deb and Family.

So sorry to hear of Juan’s passing. Prayers and sympathy.


Melinda Knapp

November 19, 2020 at 11:01 am

So sorry for your loss Deb,Marcie and Angie . You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


Dan Jimenez

November 19, 2020 at 11:36 am

My family and I would like to extend our condolences to Juan Castaneda’s family.

We pray that God bring comfort through these difficult times.

Dan Jimenez and family.


Alice Comai

November 19, 2020 at 11:50 am

Feb and family so sorry for your loss, I will keep you in my prayers. This has been a hard and sad year for everyone. May you find strength in your family and friends.


Rodnie Emmons

November 19, 2020 at 11:54 am

We are so very sorry to hear of Juan’s passing. Though we just met earlier this year at the campground we thought very highly of the both of you. Our deepest condolences to you and your families. So very sorry for your loss. Rod and Tammy Emmons



November 19, 2020 at 1:31 pm

Marcey I am so sorry…


Vica Gutierrez

November 19, 2020 at 2:12 pm

My most sincere condolences to the family. Rest peacefully.


Marilyn Lawson

November 19, 2020 at 2:17 pm

So so sorry for your loss. Prays and hugs. Thinking of you in your time of sarrow.


Sally Dam

November 19, 2020 at 4:51 pm

So very sorry Marcey, prayers and hugs to YOU and family


Rick Root

November 19, 2020 at 5:49 pm

Juan was one of my first buddies when I transferred from Otsego to Plainwell in the 10th grade. My head is filled with great memories hangin with Juan way back then. Always wish we had more time together. May Juan RIP

R. L. Root


Kristy Sweet

November 19, 2020 at 6:42 pm

I am so sorry for your loss, I am thinking of you all.

Kristy K. Sweet


The Harps family.

November 19, 2020 at 6:42 pm

So sorry for your loss. Praying for

Juan’s family.


Sandie LoPresto

November 19, 2020 at 6:59 pm

Debbie, so sorry for you loss. I am sending prayers to you and your family.


Ken and Toni Coburn

November 19, 2020 at 7:36 pm

Deb and extended Family,

I am thinking of you all with prayers from my heart. I am so sorry for your loss of Juan. May God help ease the pain for you all.


Dan and Denise Julien

November 19, 2020 at 8:19 pm

Deb so sorry for your loss . Juan was one of those people that everyone liked. May he rest in peace!


Kathleen Snyder Fisher

November 19, 2020 at 8:24 pm

Deb and family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.


Angelicka Castaneda

November 19, 2020 at 8:58 pm

I can’t even begin to put into words how much you mean to me. You always loved me, even at my worst, you never let me fail. I realize already how much stuff I’ve taken for granted and it’s only been two days. I will always hear your distinctive laugh, horrible Spanish, and funny stories lingering in my mind. I love you so so much dad, thank you for everything. I will see you on the other side. Forever your daughter ❤️


Kenny & Annette Horton

November 19, 2020 at 10:52 pm

Marcy our heart is breaking for you and your mom and sister. Thought and prayers for you and your family. ❤️


Sherri Bronson

November 20, 2020 at 9:20 am

Debbie and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort knowing so many people are keeping you close in their thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

Sherri Bronson


Sandy Scott

November 20, 2020 at 10:33 am

I’m so very sorry for your loss. What a good person & wonderful family. My prayers are with you.


Deborah Castaneda

November 20, 2020 at 11:40 am

My heart is so broken. I’ll never stop loving you. You looked right straight into my eyes and said I’ll see you in heaven baby. I’ll look for you. I love you Bear. I’ll see you in heaven and I will look for you too.


Pat Schmitt

November 24, 2020 at 11:48 am

This is just beautiful


Ashley McDaniel(Castaneda)

December 30, 2020 at 10:56 pm

So sweet aunt deb! I’m so sorry for your loss!! I couldn’t imagine loosing the love of my life!! You are so strong! I admire your love and strength for Uncle Juan!!!



November 20, 2020 at 11:44 am

deb and family we are sorry for your loss may juan forever rest in peace



November 20, 2020 at 12:48 pm

Im so sorry for your loss Juan was a kind and gentle person stay strong together and may god be with you all love you all. Mary and paul way


Treasa Hageman

November 20, 2020 at 5:52 pm


I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Positive thoughts and prayers for you and your family.


Jan Willard

November 21, 2020 at 4:30 am

Debbie,Marcey, Angie

My heart an Prayers are with you at this difficult time!!! ❤


Bill, Lynn, Brock & Ryan Mollitor

November 21, 2020 at 5:19 am

On behalf of our entire family, we are sending our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Juan. We hope you feel the love, the prayers of comfort and strength. You are not alone… may he soar with the Angels and May you feel him when the gentle breeze passes you.


Marcey Sweet

November 21, 2020 at 10:13 am

Dad you had a loving soul and loved and helped everyone even if they weren’t family . We had the best times together and you taught me well how to party and live life and although I am sad you won’t be here to say your smart ass comment to everything , I know you will be watching from above. And we will live the rest of our lives the same❤️


Danielle Nicole

November 21, 2020 at 4:34 pm

It was a pleasure to work with you at Menasha, prayers and condolences for your family.-Shawn Wilholt


Jeff & Babette Burleigh

November 21, 2020 at 7:56 pm

So sorry to hear the sad news about Juan. I worked with him for many years at Menasha and also remember the band period. He was a good guy, always friendly and upbeat. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Deb and the family on their loss.


Eric_ Kathy Howard

November 22, 2020 at 5:05 pm

So sorry for your lose.Jaun was a great guy!!! Deb were her at Schnabel lake to help with anything you need !!! We will miss seeing him walking Coco!!


bruce leonard

November 23, 2020 at 12:11 pm

So sorry for your loss Deb RIP Jaun


Jon Tripp

November 24, 2020 at 6:08 am

Deb & family sorry for your loss, May God be with you.


Bonnie Foote Larry Sweeney

November 25, 2020 at 10:29 pm

Deb and family we are so sorry to hear about Jauns passing. He was such a nice guy. Always smiling. Our prayers for you and your family to help you get thru this difficult time



December 6, 2020 at 2:18 am

Vasquez Family

We are so sorry to hear about your loss. May he rest in peace.


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