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Joe E Valverde


1937 - 2019
Joe E Valverde Obituary
Joe E. Valverde Jr., born on February 18, 1932, to Baudillio Jose and Maria Valverde in Mosquero, NM, departed this life into God's arms at the age of 87 on August 5, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.
Joe married Alice on May 5, 1951 at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Tucumcari, NM. Married for 64 years, 6 months and 7 days. He was a lifetime member of St. Anne's Catholic Church. As Joe says, "We do not say goodbye, we say so long," as we have "un rinconsito en el cielo" a little corner of heaven where we will be for all eternity."
His family all says " Joe was a lover of music and spent many nights dancing with his Hunny Bunny. Joe is a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He proudly served his country as a member of the US Army for 22 and a half years. He was the recipient of a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). He served several times as Post Commander for both Post 3015 in Clovis and Post 2528 in Tucumcari. He also served several positions within the NM State VFW. He was a lifetime member of St Anne's Catholic Church in Tucumcari. He also served as a Sir Knight of the Fourth Degree for the Knights of Columbus.
A rosary will be offered at 7pm on Tuesday August 6 at St. Anne's Catholic Church of Tucumcari. The Mass of the Resurrection will be offered at St. Anne's Catholic Church on Wednesday August 7 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at the Tucumcari Memorial Park with full military honors provided by the United States Army Honor Guard. Arrangements entrusted to Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari, NM.
Joe was preceded in death by his beloved wife Alice J Valverde and his son Louie. Joe is survived by his loving children, son Chuck Valverde and partner Cathy, daughter Linda Rutkoski and husband Mike, son Jake Valverde and partner Tina, son Davey Valverde, and daughter Janet Bradley and husband Tom. Also surviving is his sister Mele and brothers Andy and John, 17 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and 17+ great-great grandchildren.
Published in the Quay County Sun on Aug. 7, 2019
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