Raul Cantu Quintanilla Jr. aka “Taco,” age 45, went home to his Lord and Savior on April 15, 2021, due to a motorcycle accident.
He was born on August 31, 1975, in Texas to Raul Cantu Quintanilla Sr, and Marrianne Schave. Taco and Marrianne came back to Wausau where she then married David Schave Sr, the man who took Taco in as his own and raised him starting at the age of 3 years old. Taco looked up to him and loved him so very much as a son would love their daddy.
While his family knows the joy Taco is feeling today, they only hope he knows the love and sadness they feel as they face these days without him. His wife Jennifer; daughter Melissa Anfinson; sons, Darin, Marcus, and Marlin; Mom and Dad, David and Marrianne Schave; sisters, Lorali (Ron) Soppe and Jennifer Fritz; brother, Javier Quintanilla; Grandma Louanne Louze (Grandma Noodle); his mother-in-law, Becky (Matt) Wier; father-in-law, Terry (Karen) Fettes; and his MC brothers.
We can only imagine the bear hug his little brother Davey received when they met each other at the gates of heaven, and how happy he must have been to see his grandparents; Franklin (Hilda) Sann, Glenn Schave, and Ruth Hilber; all His aunts and uncles, that he has missed so much since they have left this world; Marlin (Sandy) Sann, Merrill Sann, and Mardella Sann; and his biological father Raul Cantu Quintanilla Sr. You can bet he has met and had a few drinks with the MC brothers who have left before him.
Camping, vacationing, making amazing holiday memories, weekend get-a-ways, or a quick bike ride were just some of the things Taco loved. He loved his motorcycles and working on them and making them his own; something he did with his Dad growing up. It is where he found his freedom. If someone had the same color paint as him, he would have to change his whole bike, because he wanted to be different. Taco loved to eat, with Pho being his absolute favorite. Most important to him, were his family and friends. Taco was a proud dad. He was so proud of his daughter, Mel, and all of the accomplishments she has made. He loved his sons with all of his heart, they were his world and the spitting image of their dad. He loved being married to his best friend and partner in crime. Anyone who knew Taco, knows how much he loved Jennifer, she was one of the best decisions he had ever made, and he made sure he would tell everyone. Taco always looked forward to hanging out with his dad and always pushed for family get-togethers. He was an amazing brother, uncle, and friend and his love and memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.
Taco was also one of the Co-founders of the Community Outreach Program in the Wausau area who assist the homeless with things they may need.
A memorial service will take place at 11:00 AM, on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at Homestead, 162765 State Hwy 52 Wausau, WI 54403. A visitation with food and refreshments will take place immediately following the service. Family and friends are asked to go to www.helke.com to leave online condolences and words of remembrance. Memorials may be directed to the family there as well.
The family would like to thank everyone for the phone calls, messages, and prayers. You are all truly amazing.
His Journey’s Just Begun by Ellen Brenneman
Don’t think of him as gone away
his journey’s just begun,
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.
Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.
Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched…
for nothing loved is ever lost
and he was loved so much.