(Mar. 4, 2009)
Jose “Joe” Villarreal Gomez, 87, died Wednesday, March 4, with his family at his side, after a short illness.
Joe was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on Dec. 19, 1921 to Abran “Abraham” and Anna Cleta Gomez. Joe migrated to the United States in 1940.
On Sept. 15, 1952 Joe married Rosalva “Rose” Ibarra in Lovell. Joe and Rose raised their famly in cody where Joe worked as a ranch hand. In 1979, Joe went to work for the City of Cody, retiring in 1989. After retirement, Joe enjoyed fishing, gardening and taking care of his yard.
Joe is survived by his children, John Gomez of Cody; Dora Gomez of Anchorage, Ala.; Michael (Patti) Gomez of Pacific, Mo.; Joel Gomez of Cody; Rose (Robert) James of Cody; sisters, Guadalupe Flores of El Mirage, Az. and Anna Cleta Molina of McAllen, Texas; four grandchildren and a nephew.
A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6 at Ballard Funeral Home in Cody. Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 7 at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Powell. Interment will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.