Joshua Lee Ortiz

September 16, 1981October 11, 2020
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Joshua Lee Ortiz, 39, of Bryan, Texas, passed away October 11th, 2020 on his way back home from visiting his beloved mama.

Josh was born on September 16, 1981, in Conroe, TX to Gloria Ortiz and Carl Johnson.

Josh attended New Caney High School in New Caney, TX. He continued his education at Texas State University and received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a focus on Finance. Joshua Ortiz was the Co-Owner, Manager, and Lead Designer of Ambrose Furniture Works, a business he has shared with his partner Ray Jezisek for over 15 years. He was known for his inspiration in design and for everyday life. He exceled in all that he set out to achieve and challenged those around him to rise to their full potential. His kind, gentle and loving nature stood-out and came out to all those that crossed his path. Joshua was deeply loved by many. Family and friends mourn the loss of this gentle loving soul.

Josh is survived by his mother, Gloria Ortiz & Tres Dodson; his father, Carl Johnson & wife Jenny; brothers, Zeke Johnson & wife Faithe, Clint Johnson & wife Ana; maternal aunts, Sarah Ortiz Grady & husband Eddie, Carol League & husband Mike; nephew, Gavin Johnson; our Hannah Griffin; cousins, Tara Bell and Casey Teer, paternal aunt Clayleene Odom & husband Randall, nephews, Rylan and Kaegan, niece Irelan; numerous 2nd cousins and children of close friends who loved their ‘Uncle Josh’; paternal grandmother, Liz Curry(AKA Mumfy) and numerous cousins, and step siblings.

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Linda and Oscar Ortiz; paternal grandfather, Sonny Johnson and great-grandmother, Aunt Ada’ Johnson .

Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Friday, October 16, 2020 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, Austin, TX. Services will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, Austin, TX. A celebration of life memorial will be shared at a later date in Bryan, TX.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a contribution to one of the following organizations that Josh cared about and worked with. Brazos Church Pantry Bryan, 304 A W. 26th Street, Bryan, Texas 77803; Scotty’s House Child Advocacy Center, 2424 Kent St., Bryan, TX 77802; Voices for Children, 115 N. Main St., Bryan, TX 77803.

Currently, due to the substantial public risk, city and state government mandates that social gatherings of limited amounts may occur with strict social distancing protocol. Current COVID protocols for Travis County, guests must wear protective masks at all times while inside the funeral home facility and practice the recommended six foot social distancing. Weed-Corley-Fish South will limit our capacity to 60 guests at a service while enforcing all distancing and hygiene standards. We appreciate your understanding.


  • Visitation

    Friday, October 16, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020



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Keith Rollins

October 21, 2020

I met Josh almost 13 years ago when we worked together as financial advisors at Northwestern Mutual. Although he moved on from the financial business to build his business in Bryan, we stayed in touch. I had the pleasure of becoming his financial advisor. He introduced me to Ray and we met many times over the years. I always had so much fun with them when we met to strategize about money, Josh was always quick witted, but got serious when it came to taking care of his family. My kind of guy!

When I found out about his passing, I stopped in my tracks and sobbed for quite a while before calling Ray. We cried together a bit more. I recalled how funny and genuine his was. He never met a stranger. I remembered how physically fit he had become. I congratulated him on taking care of himself. He always spoke about his mom, brothers and cousins. Such a nice dude! Usually, he would soon make our meetings about me and my family. He loved hearing about my wife and my children. Again, such a nice fellow!

I’m super glad he is now in heaven working hard as an angel to help and comfort us on earth. I look forward to seeing my friend again one day in God’s Presence! Prayers for Ray, Gloria and the rest of his family. God bless Josh Ortiz!

Katie Scherwitz

October 21, 2020

No words can express how much you meant to me.
My best friend.
I love you so much and will celebrate you every single day.

Zeke Johnson

October 19, 2020

What can I say about my little brother? His personality was bigger than life. He was always extra, and that's why everybody loved him. He wouldn't want us to mourn him, he would want us to celebrate him. I could be upset that he was taken too soon, but I am so grateful for the times I had with him. Your brother is your first friend. You fight, play, share, compromise and love. When I see Clint walk through the door, I expect to see Josh walk in right behind him. His smile and laughter was enough to light up a room. He was so smart, creative, funny and his beard was better than mine even though I started the trend. I have so many fond memories of him. It's hard to pick one to share. He would walk past me in the hallway, fall on his own and yell for mom. I would say "What are you doing?!" and he would say "Getting you in trouble!" (read in Josh's voice). People were drawn Josh even when we were kids. I watched my skinny little brother transform into confident, caring, loving titan of a man. Until we meet again, brother. I love you.

Carol League

October 19, 2020

Ana Johnson

October 18, 2020

Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining – they just shine! You are and will always be our lighthouse; the Star I wish upon.

I love you, always and forever.

Michelle Wilson

October 17, 2020

Continued from previous post.

To all that loved Josh and there were many, you and I know, he’s up there rooting for us and loving us still. To Ray, my heart is with you.

To Josh, I hope you’re up there with Uncle Dennis (my Daddy) having a beer and throwing some lines out. I know you are. Now I have two guardian angels.

Thank you for always being there for me and telling me you love me always. Until we meet again.

Josh wasn’t just my cousin, he was also my friend. 💔

Michelle Wilson

October 17, 2020

Today we honored the life of one of the best men I’ve ever known. My cousin Josh Ortiz.

We heard many stand up today and speak about him. And every single word was true. But I’d like to take a few minutes and say what I would’ve liked to say at that podium today.

Josh wasn’t just my cousin, he was my friend. We were put together through marriage. The Curry (Bodine, Johnson) clan are an amazing family. They welcomed my Mom and sisters, and me in and never treated us any differently than if we were blood related. The word “step” was NEVER uttered in our house or Mumfy’s house.

As kids, we all played together. Trisha, Tina, Jennifer (Bao), Sherri, Zeke, Josh, and Clint. This is before Randall & Aunt Claylenne’s kiddos came along. I wish you could’ve been there Rylan, Keagan, and Irelan. There are many memories of Christmases and other holidays at Mumfy’s of us running around and torturing each other.

Our cultures did clash just a tad. The boys (which is what I will always think of them as) would come to our house. My Mom would literally hose them off in the yard when they played outside. And at our dinner table either Josh or Zeke said, “My Mama says I only have to eat Uncle Ben’s,” when a bowl of jasmine rice was set in front of them. You can imagine Aunt Kim’s response to that.

When we were little, us girls went to Uncle Carl’s and Aunt Gloria’s. I remember looking at the oatmeal and thinking “what is that?! and do I have to eat it?”

Josh loved his Mumfy so very much. I know because he told me so.

He respected his Dad and loved him beyond measure. I know because he told me so.

To Clint & Zeke (his brothers) and Gavin (his nephew) my heart aches for you.

I’m so thankful for the wives Jenny, Faithe, and Anna for being strong women who stand next to these larger than life manly men.

Josh had an entire brood of family on his Mama’s side of the family that he loved deeply. To his Mama, there are no words.

To be continued ....

Rachel Cunningham

October 17, 2020

Your smile and laughter will live in my heart until we meet again...

Charles and Elizabeth Whitley

October 16, 2020

Josh and Buster were always caring, playing, and loving on Whitley Monk. Such good memories for our family.

Charles and Elizabeth Whitley

October 16, 2020

Josh and Ray employed our daughter Erin and they soon became our family. They nurtured Erin through her first pregnancy as she worked full time, and upon her birth Erin's daughter, Whitley, captured their hearts. Josh and Ray and Buster raised Whitley her first 18 months in the Ambrose Furniture Works in Bryan. They turned Ray's back office into a nursery, with a beautifully decorated cradle and rocking chair, as caregivers, they listened to the baby monitor, wore a baby carrier, entertained, and even changed diapers so Erin could meet with clients. When Whitley was older, and walking, she had her favorite pieces of furniture, she was especially fond of sitting in a huge wooden bowl. It seemed that Josh and Ray were grooming her for interior design from early on. There are so many memories in the face of Josh's loving and playful character, it was hard to choose just one picture. Our community has lost a dearly beloved friend, a talented interior designer, and a wonderful mentor of living life well and to the fullest. We will always remember this fine young man. We are comforted knowing that Josh is in Heaven continuing to spread love, wisdom, and compassion for others as was his gift to anyone who knew him in his life's journey; we smile knowing we will embrace him again.


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