ORTIZ, Capt. Jose A. "Papa Joe" Passed away on Jan. 21, 2013. A resident of Apollo Beach for over 50 years, he was born Sept. 24, 1920, in Patillas, Puerto Rico. He is predeceased by his adoring wife, Rebecca Ortiz; & sister, Lyda Pacheco. Survived by his son, Kent Ortiz & daughter-in- law, Liz Collier-Ortiz; daughter, Dr. Carmen de Lourdes Ortiz; his brother, Jorge Ortiz; his sisters, Elba Berger, Eneida Rivera, Nelsie Aybar; and granddaughter, Andrea Nicole Ortiz; & great-granddaughter, Brenna Rae; many loving nieces & nephews. Proudly served in the U.S. Army
for over 21 years. A veteran of WWII
and Korean War
, he retired from the City of Tampa Police Communications Dept., retired at the age of 83 from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Communications Dept. Funeral is Monday, Jan. 28th, at National Cremation & Burial Society, located at 308 E. College Ave, Ruskin, FL 33570, (813) 645-3231. Visitation from 1-2 pm, Service starting at 2 pm, followed by gravesite with Military Honors presentation. In lieu of flowers, donation to the Florida Sheriff Youth Ranch would be appreciated.