Joseph Martinez, age 86, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2012, at Jennie Edmundson.
Joseph was born March 24, 1926, in Omaha, Neb., to the late Federico and Maria Perez Martinez.
He was a 10 year Navy veteran and served in World War II and the Korean Conflict. During World War II, his ship, the USS Aaron Ward, survived seven kamikaze hits and later a book was written about the incident entitled "Brave Men Brave Ship". Joe was also a National Golden Glove finalist and worked for Armour for 20 years and 15 with the Union Pacific Railroad, retiring in 1989.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Paul Sr., Fred Jr., and Frank Sr.; sister, Hope Lara.
Survivors include his children and spouses, Deborah E. Martinez, Joseph B. Martinez (Mary), Tyrone Martinez Sr. (Donnette), Stephen Martinez, Jeffrey Martinez (Jenny); 19 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; brother, Tony Martinez; sister, Lupe Hill; many nieces and nephews.
Rosary recitation Sunday, 2 p.m., followed by visitation until 4 p.m., at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial Monday, 10:30 a.m., Corpus Christi Church (Queen of Apostles). Interment St. Joseph Cemetery with military rites by G.I. Forum Honor Guard, followed by a luncheon at Corpus Christi Parish. Family will direct memorials.
This obituary was originally published in The Daily Nonpareil.