Jose (Lupe) Cordero, 59, passed away in Stuttgart, Germany, on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 after an extended illness. Lupe was born on Sept. 23, 1953 in Hatch, N.M., grew up in Garfield and Las Cruces. He served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1973, stationed in Korea. He met his wife in Las Cruces, and they moved to Hobbs, N.M. where he worked for Exxon for many years, and retired in 1994. They moved to Ramstein, Germany to be near their daughter and her husband. He is survived by his loving wife, Diana, of 38 years, and their daughter, Mari Haley, and husband, Andrew McConnell. He is also survived by brothers; Pete De la Cruz and wife, Jessie from Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Ray Acuna from Pearce, Ariz.; Alfredo Cordero from Las Cruces, Gilbert Cordero and wife, Dianna, from Roswell, N.M., Frank Cordero from Mesquite, N.M., and Steve Cordero and wife Cheryl from Rio Rancho N.M.; sisters, Connie Holguin and husband, Robert of Las Cruces, Gloria Kerr of Raeford, N.C.; and Beatris Hook of Las Cruces. Lupe succumbed to his illness and passed away with his loving wife and daughter by his side. He was preceded in death by his mother, Maria (Lilia) Cordero and his father, Lupe G. Cordero. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place at the Mannheim Crematorium in Germany. Diana, Mari, and Andrew, would like to get together with family and friends in Lupe's memory at Farley's for those who would like to share their love for, and memories of Lupe on Saturday, Dec. 22 from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Please email Gilbert Cordero with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Nov. 23, 2012