Jose (Joe) Guerra, a Navy veteran, beloved father, grandfather, and brother, whose family and service to his country defined his life, has passed away at 77. Joe spent his last moments with family at the Life Care Center of Littleton in Colorado on August 5, 2023.
Joe was born on February 7, 1946, in San Antonio, Texas, the second child of Jose M. and Flora Guerra. Hardworking and ambitious from a young age, Joe spent much of his time working, often spending summers on his grandfather’s shrimp boat in Austwell, TX. While in high school, his ambitions led him to join the United States Navy at only 17 years of age.
After graduating high school, Joe began his active-duty service as a Cryptologic Technician. During his service, he welcomed into the world his first child, Michael Guerra. His military career would later send him out of the country to a naval base in Bremerhaven, Germany. Here, Joe was blessed with his second child, Judi Peters. After returning to Texas, he welcomed his third child, Vanessa Guerra.
Joe remained loyal to his country, serving nearly 30 years in the Naval Reserve. During his time as a reservist, he was granted special authorization to travel to several naval bases worldwide, including bases in Rota, Spain and Seoul, South Korea. When not traveling for the Navy, Joe worked for several “Ma Bell” companies, a conglomeration of telephone companies responsible for providing many of North America’s telecommunication products and services.
In 1997, Joe was honorably discharged from the U.S. Naval Reserve, retiring with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4. Despite his accomplishments during his military service, his ambitious and hard-working nature drove him to accomplish another one of his life goals: obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Regis University in Denver.
Joe’s loyalty was not only apparent from his military service and work in telecommunications, but also evident by the way he cared for and supported his family.
Joe Guerra is preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Rogelio Guerra. He is survived by his siblings Diana Rios (Jesse) and Humberto Guerra (Connie), his children Michael Guerra, Judi Peters (Jeffrey), and Vanessa Guerra, along with his three grandchildren Nathan Peters, Cassandra Guerra, and Andrew Peters. He is also survived by his maternal aunt, Delia Herrera, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Joe will be laid to rest with full military honors at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver on August 24, 2023.
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