Joe Almaraz went to meet his Lord and Savior on December 29, 2020. He was born on May 15, 1929 in San Antonio to parents Jose Cruz Almaraz and Cesaria Soliz. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Janie Bishop Almaraz; grandaughter, Janell Saenz; sisters, Alvina Flores, Mary Solis, Janie Reyes and Josie Cortez. Joe Almaraz is survived by his five children: Joe Almaraz, Jr (Nancy); Jesse Almaraz; Jeanette Saenz (Hector); Julie Wiley (Jim), and Johnny Almaraz (Tonya); 9 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson; and sister, Henrietta Vargas.
At age nine, Joe enjoyed playing the clarinet at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. His first job as a young child was selling vegetables in the streets of San Antonio. Joe was a hard worker and went to work at C.L. Browning Construction Company at a young age claiming he was 16 years old.
Joe attended Lanier High School but left school to enroll in the United States Army. His mother had to grant permission for Joe to enlist into the Army. Joe proudly served his country in combat during the Korean War as a Military Police Officer. During his service to our country Joe developed frost bite to his feet due to the extreme frigid weather conditions.
Upon his Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army, Joe returned to San Antonio and met Janie the love of his life. They met at a dance and that dance led to 64 years of marriage and five children. During their marriage they attended Our Lady of Good Counsel church where Joe called the church bingo for many years, was a Lector and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Joe worked for McKesson and Robbins Company as a truck driver and warehouse stocker. He was blessed with the opportunity to attend Durham Business School of Accounting and was promoted to an accounting position and office manager. He retired from McKesson after proudly working there for more than 40 years.
One of Joe's favorite pastimes was coaching his sons' pony league baseball team. Joe also enjoyed taking his wife to Las Vegas on vacations. He enjoyed watching The Andy Griffith Show, Gun Smoke and classic western movies daily.
One of Joe's proudest accomplishments was sending a letter to his State Representative which resulted in Joe convincing him to approve the production of Korean War Veteran license plates. As a result, Joe was the first recipient of Korean War Veteran license plates which he proudly displayed.
Joe realized his need for a Savior and his need for forgiveness for his past transgressions. Thus, Joe made a confession of faith and is now rejoicing in heaven with his wife Janie and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 am to 11:30 am, on Friday, January 22, 2021, at Porter Loring McCullough.FUNERAL SERVICEFRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 202111:30 AMPORTER LORING CHAPEL1101 MCCULLOUGH AVE.
Interment will follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. Joe's services will be livestreamed on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:30 am. You may find a link within his obituary page at www.porterloring.com
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