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Jose Alfonso "Little Joe" Gallegos


1935 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Jose Alfonso "Little Joe" Gallegos Obituary
January 23, 1935 - October 3, 2016 Jose Alfonso Gallegos, known as "Little Joe" to his friends, age 81, a resident of Bell Gardens, CA, passed away on October 3, 2016. Joe was born January 23, 1935 in Murphy, NM to Amadeo Sr. and Mariquita Pacheco-Gallegos. He attended school in Mora, NM where he graduated in 1954. After high school, he went to work for Cow Creek Pioneer Co.; he then worked for Union Pacific Railroad, both for a brief period of time before he started work at Douglas Aircraft Co. In 1957, he served our country for two years in the Army. He returned to Douglas Aircraft Co. (now Boeing) to continue what would be a astonishing 50+ year career with them. He retired from Boeing in 2011. He was preceded in death by his father Amadeo Gallegos Sr.; and sister Dolly M. Gallegos-Youngblood. Joe is survived by his wife Virginia Gallegos; his children Tony, Joey, Wayne, Norman, and Jeff Gallegos; mother Mariquita Gallegos; brothers Amadeo Jr., Bernie, Gilbert Gallegos and wife Jenny, Abenancio Gallegos and companion Linda of Monte Aplanado, NM, Reyes Gallegos and wife Cathy of Denver, CO, and Lorenzo Gallegos and companion Sophie of Buena Vista, NM.; sisters Ermelina and husband Mike Pino of Belen, NM, Lucille and husband Bill Shoemaker of WA, Nora and husband Felix Montoya of Albuquerque, NM, Rosa and husband Eddie Martinez of Los Lunas, NM, Bernice and husband Lupe Leyba of Coyote, NM, Elsie Gallegos of Guadalupita, NM, and Martha Gallegos of Corona, CA; granddaughter Amanda Gallegos of Canada; brother-in-law Gene Gillard and wife Betty of Henderson, NV; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Interment with Military Honors was held on Oct. 10, 2016 at Park Lawn Cemetery in Commerce, CA.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2016
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