Bill Cortez

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Bill R. Cortez
POCATELLO - Bill R. Cortez was born on August 28, 1923, in Elko, Nevada. He died at home on October 18, 2010, our Lord, Jesus Christ, has called him home.  He was born to Willie and Maude (Jake) Cortez of Elko, Nevada. He was an enrolled member of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone. 
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Maude (Jake) Cortez, and brothers, Diamond and Curits Cortez, cousin, Inez (Hammond) Dave, nephews, Clifford Sam, Wilfred and Willard Dave.
Bill was raised in the Elko and Carlin area. He then enlisted in the Army at the age of 17 years old. He served in Germany on the Beach of Normandy during Word War II. He then served time in Japan. Bill was decorated with the Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the European Africa Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Bill was a life time member of the VFW (Veteran Of Foreign Wars) Post 2350 in Elko. He was a member of the EVC (Clampers) of Elko. Bill participated in the traditional Sun Dance of Fort Hall, Idaho, for many years.
Bill leaves behind his loving wife of 62 years, Venus (Pocatello) Cortez; and six children, Yvonne, Marlene, Martinez, Marietta, Kenneth and Deloy Cortez. He has 10 grandchildren, Deloyd (Alanna), Yolanda (Steven), Adrian, Ria (Cliff), Wayne (December), William (Summer), Craig (Wendy), Maurica, Robert and Ashley Cortez; 14 great grand-children; nieces, Helen and Dora Dave; nephews, James and Arthur Sam, and Alex and Miles Decker of Elko, Nevada; numerous relatives, Tom's of Lee, Nevada, and Temoke's of Ruby Valley and Couchum's of Elko, Nevada, Dann's of Crescent Valley; his mom, Maude, is related to the James Osborne Sr., family of Fort Hall, Idaho
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Hospice Alliance for their loving care they have given to our father, Bill Cortez.
A viewing will be held at the residence of Venus Cortez on the west end of Ballard and Pocatello Lane today, (Thursday, October 21, 2010), at 1 p.m. A prayer service will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010, at 2 p.m. Traditional burial will be held at the Cedar Cemetery at 3 p.m. on Saturday.



Published in Idaho State Journal on Oct. 21, 2010