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Date published: 10/4/2013

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Joe worked many years as a civilian at the Army Intelligence Command at Fort Belvoir. In his spare time he was a talented artist and award-winning potter. Joe was very proud of his Mexican heritage; he volunteered as a translator in the emergency room at Mary Washington Hospital and also taught classes for English as a Second Language in Spanish. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Spotsylvania County.

Joe devoted 25 years' service in the U.S. Navy, retiring from the Navy Reserve as a lieutenant commander. He was an intelligence specialist and linguist, and spoke five languages. The only time his wife saw him weep was at a Memorial Day church service when the Navy hymn was played. He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, taking his place among other veterans.

The arc of Joe's life, from poverty to success, is testament to his belief that if a person wants something and is willing to work and persist, anything is possible.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5120 Harrison Road, followed by a reception. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made in his name to The Wounded Warrior Project.


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