Warlito Chico DeCastro, 77, died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, June 4, 2020. Lito’s final days were spent holding hands with his beloved wife Lucy in their home overlooking Camarillo. He leaves behind his loving wife of fifty two years, Lucy, son Alexander and his partner Heather, daughter Theresa and her husband Robert, daughter Anna and her husband Joseph, granddaughters Kyla, Hannah, Madeleine, and Julianna, grandson Jackson, brother Ricardo, sisters Celia and Carmelita, and cousins Absalon Jr. and Lualhati.
Lito is preceded in death by his father Igmedio, his mother Emerenciana, his brothers Ben, Ray and Eduardo, his sister Cora, and his son-in-law Jason.
Born in Nueva Ecija on November 16, 1942, Lito attended the University of Santo Tomas before joining the U.S. Navy. Lito retired a Senior Chief Petty Officer after 23 years of faithful service. Prior to his Navy retirement, Lito and his wife built and managed the Halfmoon Hotel and Grass Hut restaurant. Following his Navy retirement, Lito designed and built homes in the Camarillo and Somis area. He loved to draw, to work on his favorite car, the Ford Mustang, listen to music, and travel with his wife. Together they visited almost every state in the U.S. and countries all over the world including Italy, Japan, Singapore, and Spain. Lito was an active member of the Zambales Association of Oxnard and supported several political campaigns throughout the decades.
Lito was very proud of his children and grandchildren, the resort and homes he built, and his Navy career. Lito was most proud of his beautiful wife Lucy, who truly stood and sat by his side through his illness, during the highlights and challenges of their lives, and throughout the amazing experiences they shared.
The impact Lito had on those he met and helped throughout his life; standing in for fathers and friends during overseas deployments, co-signing loans for employees so they could own a home or car, feeding the hungry at his restaurants, loving and cheering on his children; these are his legacy.
A private viewing will be held in Camarillo, California for family members and friends. Warlito will be interred at the VA National Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
Lucy particularly wanted to thank Dr. Schmidt, Dr. Fatemi, Dr. Lipper, and the healthcare providers at the Oxnard VA clinic and the West Los Angeles VA hospital for their loving care, attention and support to her and Lito.
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