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Jose Varela passed away on September 21, 2013 at the age of 96. He and his twin sister Maria Escobar were born in Redford (Presidio), TX, on July 3, 1917, to Luis and Isabel Varela. They had four brothers and three sisters. He was baptized in Shafter, Texas in June 1918, and had his First Communion in March 1924. He did general farm work until December 1941 when he was drafted into military service. He was assigned to an Infantry Rifle Company and served overseas for three straight years in Italy and in North Africa. In June 1945, he was awarded the Purple Heart medal for wounds received in action. He was also awarded the American Defense Service Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged as a Private First Class in October 1945 in Ft Bliss, TX. He married Maise in Pennsylvania the next year and settled there where he worked at a lumber company for many years. He moved to El Paso in 1990, after his wife died. On Memorial Day 2004, Jose flew to Washington, D.C. to attend the Parade Salute to World War II Veterans with niece Ana Maria Ramos and her husband Juan. Jose received the Non Commissioned Officers Association World War II Veteran Honor and Remembrance Medallion. Jose always enjoyed good health, and walked every day. In recent years, his walks got shorter, but he still walked. He loved to visit relatives in Loving, NM and visited niece Chavela Santos and her family regularly on Saturday mornings. He attended many family functions with nephew Rufino Escobar. He loved to play cards and watch sports on TV. He enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, and always knew everything in the newspaper that day. He lived alone, but was visited often by many loving nieces and nephews and their children. Jose is the last of his brothers and sisters, and will be greatly missed. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 9:00 pm on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Hillcrest Funeral Home with a Vigil Service at 7:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will at 12 noon on Friday, September 27, 2013 at St. Raphael Catholic Church. Rite of Committal will follow at 1:30 pm at Fort Bliss National Cemetery. Service under the direction of HILLCREST FUNERAL HOME 1060 Carolina Drive 598-3332

Published in El Paso Times from Sept. 25 to Oct. 2, 2013
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