OBITUARY

Ernest W. "Joe" Divis

January 8, 1934January 12, 2021
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Ernest William ”Joe” Divis passed away on January 12, 2021, just four days after his 87th birthday. Born in Colon, Nebraska on January 8, 1934, he spent his childhood on his family farm near Wahoo, Nebraska. He was the youngest of eleven children. He was preceded in death by his parents Karel and Anna (Mach) Divis, his brothers, Theodore, Francis, Anthony and Charles Divis; sisters Jennie Simodynes, Josephine Divis, Sr. Camilla Divis, N.D., Julia Connelly and Anastasia Sousek; brothers-in-law, Vincent Simodynes, Gene Connelly and Joe Sousek; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Divis, Shirley Divis, Rose Divis and Ann Divis.

He had aspirations beyond the farm lifestyle and after graduating from Wahoo High School, he attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where he received Army officer training in the ROTC program, pitched for the Creighton Baseball team, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Physics. He was proud of the fact that he paid for his own college education through work, and he was always grateful to the Jesuit priests at Creighton for believing in him. After graduation, he accepted a position with Boeing Aerospace as an engineer. He was simultaneously offered a position as pitcher for the Boston Red Sox farm league and was called to active duty by the Army.

The Army won out and Joe spent twenty-five years as an Army Officer, including tours in Korea, Vietnam, Germany and Taiwan, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1978. After the Army, he and his wife owned Aladdin World Travel, and he was elected to City Council for the East side of El Paso from 1979-1985. He was most proud of cleaning up the city parks and returning them to families as well as establishing the Paso Del Norte Food Bank. He was very active in and served as President for the Five Points Lions Club, St. Raphael Men’s Association, Military Order of World Wars, and the American Legion. He was also a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He was proud to have started the annual car raffle at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, which was instrumental in building the church’s Catholic School.

In his younger days, he loved to play baseball and golf, and he enjoyed watching football, especially the Cowboys. He won many baseball championships as a pitcher on local semi-pro traveling club teams, and he was inducted into the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002. As an Army Officer, and later, as a travel agency owner, he traveled the world, and there are very few places on this earth that he and his wife Rita have not visited. He was a family man who was adored by his wife and children. He was famous for his spicy homemade salsa that he made from jalapeno and habanero peppers he grew in his garden. He loved to share his childhood traditions with his friends and family, and over the years, hundreds of them shared Oyster Stew with him on Christmas Eve, just as he did with his family growing up in Nebraska. His greatest joy was being home with his family all under the same roof.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rita, his four children: Paul (Tiffany), Monica (Ami), Carla (John), and Barbara; grandchildren Monet (George), Christopher (Alyssa), Sarah (Mark), Lindsey (Drew), Johnny (Sonya), Rebekah (Dustin), Rachel, and Elizabeth, as well as his great-grandchildren Kevin, Hunter, Bennett, Avery, Luke, and Harry. He is also survived by his sister, Sr. Ann Divis and sister-in-law Rita L. Divis and multiple nieces and nephews in Nebraska and Illinois.

He proudly served his God, country and family.

Hillcrest Funeral Home, El Paso Facebook-Live Streaming will be available on Thursday, 25 February from 1:45 -3:30, with military burial honors at Ft. Bliss starting at 1:00PM on Friday, 26 February. In lieu of flowers, please donate to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank.

  • FAMILY

  • Rita Divis, Wife
  • Paul Divis (Tiffany), Son
  • Monica Divis (Ami), Daughter
  • Carla Ellis (John), Daughter
  • Barbara Divis, Daughter
  • Monet Ball (George), Granddaughter
  • Christopher Divis (Alyssa), Grandson
  • Sarah Vasquez (Mark), Granddaughter
  • Lindsey Divis (Drew), Granddaughter
  • Johnny Ellis (Sonya), Grandson
  • Rebekah Ellis (Dustin), Granddaughter
  • Rachel Ellis, Granddaughter
  • Elizabeth Ellis, Granddaughter
  • Mr. Divis also leaves behind his great-grandchildren, Kevin, Hunter, Bennett, Avery, Luke and Harry to cherish his memories.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

  • Vigil

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, February 26, 2021

  • Graveside

    Friday, February 26, 2021

Memories

Ernest W. "Joe" Divis

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Bernadette, Bruce & Walter Payne

February 25, 2021

May the peace of God comfort my cousin and family. Joe will always be in our hearts and the wonderful memories he left us. The family are in our prayers. God Bless.

Nancy Monning

February 25, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful and interesting life he had and blessed by such a dear family. I love the Wahoo school! Wahoo! I’ll be thinking of y’all during the celebrations of his life in El Paso- know it will be so hard. Hugs to you all, Nancy

Lynda Hinds

February 25, 2021

Uncle Joe was an amazing man married to an incredible women. Together that are a dynamic spiritual duo. I say that knowing full well Uncle Joe will still be with all of them everyday. His love for family and faith inspired all of us. His passion for cooking whenever we had the luxury to spend time with him always filled us up, mind, body & Spirit. Because he made all his dishes with love & passion and often a good story.
You will be hugely missed by everyone who’s life you touched. You built a strong family with a equally strong faith and I know that Gods Grace will carry them through this.
Rest In Peace Uncle Joe 🙏
You will be very missed.
Love Bill & Lynda Hinds 

michael connelly

February 25, 2021

HELLO RITA AND FAMILY.MY DEEPEST SYMPATHYS TO ALL OF YOU.MY FONDEST MEMORY OF UNCLE ERNIE WAS WHEN HE WOULD TALK TO YOU , YOU WOULD LISTEN ATTENTIVELY BECAUSE HE WAS SO FULL OF WISDOM. HE HAD A GREAT PERSONALITY. I LOVE ALL OF THE DIVIS FAMILY.AMEN!!! AND GOD BLESS.

David McGovern

February 24, 2021

One of my biggest regrets is not visiting El Paso and spending more time with Uncle Joe and Aunt Rita and my cusins over the years.
Uncle Joe was simply the best, so very kind always to all of us. He was an accomplished, educated and very distinguished man who I had tremendous respect for. Whenever I had the privilege and good timing to be able to visit with him he would say very positive things to me and impart lots of nuggets of wisdom. I can recall talking Real Estate with him and ohhhhh the cooking!! Could my Uncle cook!! I remember watching him cut and cook all the various ingredients of his world famous salsa. We were lucky to get a jar a few times with the lid with the wax paper, “It was like having a jar of magic in your fridge”, the boys and I fought over that salsa till it was gone!
Just such a great man who lived a great life and I for one will sure miss him dearly. May God bless Uncle Joe🙏

Terry & Josie Mcgovern

February 23, 2021

To our wonderful brother-in-law who has left a big hole in this family!
Sorely Missed, but NEVER Forgotten!!!!
Love you forever❤️❤️

Joe and Patsy Girlando

February 23, 2021

Patricia and I, wish we could be there to share our many good memories of Joe. We will be thinking of him and the entire family during this sad time. As soon as we can get back to El Paso we will say a proper goodbye to him. I am very familiar with the place where he will be. Joe Girlando

Dagmar Stadelmann

January 30, 2021

Dear Diviš Family
I would like to express our deepest sympathy for all from the czech part of Diviš rodina in jižní Morava.
May your father, husband, grandfather and brother rest in peace.
Sincerely
Dagmar from Switzerland

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