Ismael Lopez Cañas died on June 18th, 2013, four days after his 79th birthday.
Ismael, known to many as Izzy, was born in Big Springs, Texas, on June 14th, 1934, and before his 20th birthday he married the love of his life, Maria Elena Kuri.
The young couple began 59 years together by moving to Cozad, Nebraska, where they started a family.
Ismael spent many years at Allied Mills tending to Nebraska-grown alfalfa in the company's grain elevators. As her youngsters moved into teen years, Maria wished to find work, so Izzy "bought Maria a job." He purchased Cozad's Dairy Sweet ice cream store in 1969 and operated it with the help of the family for the next eight years. Soon, the Cañas family migrated to Phoenix, where Izzy returned to grain elevators. He worked for Bay State Mills, the towers now a landmark in downtown Tempe and later in Tolleson, Arizona.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Esther Cañas Lopez and a brother, Jose Lopez Cañas, Jr.
Izzy is survived by Maria, six children and two grandchildren.The grown children are Izzy Cañas, Jr., Anna Maria Cañas (Reggie Lowe), Annabelia Boyles (Bob Boyles), Amelia Cañas, all of Phoenix, Maggie Cañas (Juan Rodriguez Moreno) of Nogales, Mexico and Jose Luis Cañas (Jaason Gregorovious) of Denver, Colorado.
Grandsons who made him very proud, Mario Cañas and Mozart Cañas Rentana, both hail from Phoenix. He also is survived by his brother David and sister Rebecca of Cozad.
He leaves behind a loving family and many admiring friends and neighbors.
All who knew this kind, out-going, mellow man would agree with his fellow Bay State workers, who took joy in changing his nickname from "Izzy" to "Easy."
Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m., Monday, June 24th at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix.
Interment then took place at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.