OBITUARY

Jose Juan Hernandez

December 18, 1934January 3, 2019
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Jose Juan Hernandez (Jr.) was born to the late Jose Juan and Juana Eulogia Sanchez Hernandez on December 18, 1934, in McAllen, Texas. He was called home to be with Our Lord Jesus Christ on January 3, 2019, at the age of 84. Jose grew up in McAllen, Texas to the age of 13 then moved to San Antonio, TX with his Aunt Maria “Hella” Castillo (Surrogate-mother) until the age of 18; where he met his beautiful bride to be, Agnes Gates Cortez Hernandez. Jose joined the United States Marine Corp in January of 1953. He served our Country in the Korean War from 1953 to 1956; promoting in honors to the rank of Sergeant in 1955. Jose completed his Marine tour of duty in January of 1957, transferring to the Marine Reserve and subsequently Army Reserve promoting to Staff Sergeant, serving until May 1967. Jose also gained full time employment at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX, as an aircraft mechanic while continuing his education achieving an associates degree in aeronautics. He then continued working his way up the ranks to a (GS13) blue/White collar as a (Jet) Air Frame Specialist, traveling the world in support of our military aircraft and accident investigations; with a tenure of 35 years of service. Jose also joined the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department reserve patrol division in 1959 promoting to Patrol Sergeant by 1961. Jose patrolled the eastern county and worked security services in the city and county. He served his community 20 years retiring in 1979. He retired from Kelly AFB (Civil Service) in 1990, Jose decided to continue to contribute his expertise as a Security Officer at Southwest General Hospital from 1995 for an additional 17 years until full retirement. Jose is a Born Again Baptized Christian well known as a tough hard working selfless servant, Patriot of our Country, a Wise and Intelligent Man, a Mentor, a Leader, A Great Provider and our Hero! He diligently served God, his Family, his Country, his community and the public in his time. He touched many hearts and saved a few lives along the way. Jose leaves to cherish his loving memories with his wife of 65 years, Agnes Gates Cortez Hernandez, and his children; Jose D Hernandez, and wife Mary Hernandez, Debra J. Hernandez, Jerry D, Hernandez and wife Jessica Hernandez, daughter in law Alexandra Hernandez. One sister, Regina Garcia of Texas City, Texas, Also 19 Grand Children, 43 Great Grandchildren, and one Great Great Grandchild, a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, neighbors, and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose Juan (Sr.) and Juana Eulogia Hernandez, Daughters; Doreen Joyce Hernandez, Beatrice Gonzalez Hernandez, Son; Jeffrey Dean Hernandez, Grandchild; Johnniel Pollard, Brothers; Juanito Hernandez, Carmen Hernandez and sister in-law Cruzita Hernandez, Sisters; Carolina Garcia, Rosalinda Hernandez, and Francis Garcia. Jose will be greatly missed but left this earth knowing that he was greatly loved by all. To his wife he was a soul mate, to his children he is our “Hero” and to his grandchildren he is known as “Grandpa the Great”! Thank you for your Service! Job Well Done Jose Juan Hernandez (Jr.). “Semper Fi Marine” our legacy.

  • FAMILY

  • Jose leaved to cherish his loving memories with his wife of 65 years, Agnes Gates Cortez Hernandez, and his children; Jose D Hernandez, and wife Mary Hernandez, Debra J. Hernandez, Jerry D, Hernandez and wife Jessica Hernandez, daughter in law Alexandra Hernandez. One sister, Regina Garcia of Texas City, Texas, Also 19 Grand Children, 43 Great Grandchildren, and one Great Great Grandchild, a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, neighbors, and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose Juan (Sr.) and Juana Eulogia Hernandez, Daughters; Doreen Joyce Hernandez, Beatrice Gonzalez Hernandez, Son; Jeffrey Dean Hernandez, Grandchild; Johnniel Pollard, Brothers; Juanito Hernandez, Carmen Hernandez and sister in-law Cruzita Hernandez, Sisters; Carolina Garcia, Rosalinda Hernandez, and Francis Garcia.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, January 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 16, 2019
  • Interment Wednesday, January 16, 2019
REMEMBERING

Jose Juan Hernandez

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Valerie Donis

February 21, 2019

My grandpa always had a big smile on his face every time I would visit. How’s my Barbie is what he always greeted me with. I will miss his happy greetings and will hold his memory with me forever. I love you, until we meet again.
Love your granddaughter,
Valerie

Jerry Hernandez

February 21, 2019

Continued Eulogy by son, Jerry Hernandez

Jose had a small variety of hobbies; traveling, photography, VW buggies, and model planes. He told stories of how his “VW buggie extreme” putted up the hills and raced down the other side while traveling abroad. He pridefully described every detailed part of his model aircraft and photos of aircrafts to one of his grandsons (who understood all these things and parts), who has earned his collection. Jose bought a boat once and took his son’s (Jerry and David) to a marine/boating class, so they could learn to maneuver and steer that “Big wooden boat” as it stood in their backyard; it never left the yard mind you, but it was ships ahoy mate! Jerry recently told his brother it was the best Gilligan's Island trip we ever had. David laughed so hard, I think he tinkled himself!
Jose’s wishes, also known as “the bucket list”, were truly fulfilled. He was Baptized and Saved. He has a successful family; he succeeded in his career through his hard work and efforts; he saved a few lives along the way; he lead and mentored others from youths to adults; he traveled the world; he played with his hobbies; he also left this world with Jokes, laughter, Tejano singing, a last dance with his wife, kisses, hugs, and “I yuv U’s” for those who were able to visit on his last days. And for those who did not get a chance, well, he is sending his hugs, kisses and “I Yuv U’s” now. His final wish was to pass away in his home (his hard earned Castle) and ultimately go to meet Jesus while leaving behind his legacy.

He knows he is greatly loved and will be dearly missed, yet his legacy will live on as our “Hero”! Jose Juan Hernandez (Jr.) “Job Well Done”, and “Semper Fi Marine”! Hooooorah!

Jerry Hernandez

February 21, 2019

Continued Eulogy by son, Jerry Hernandez.

Jose’s Morals went from a young man’s way in life to a born again christian of age. He taught his children to always follow their hearts, stand by what is right, and always do the right thing. He even taught some of us in parables as Jesus did in the bible. It never made sense at the time, but that day always came when you paused for that AHA moment then saying “that is what he meant”. It was torturous at times but always returned with a blessing. He was hard stricken to say the words “I love you” in his younger days but showed it through his hard work and actions. It was the only way he knew how to say I Love you in that time. Until a day came when his heart was changed by the “Holy Spirit” and touched by the Love of his family that he uttered the words “I Love you” and it was absolutely contagious from then on. We knew this tough guy had a heart of gold. Jose had a funny side to him too. Through all that tough skin, Macho Marine, Big bad PoPo, he always found a way to put a joke in, a funny face, a smirky smile,stick his tongue out at you and every now and then a grand laugh. These are valuable times cherished.
Jose’s beliefs were simple. He believed in his values, morals, and ethics including Integrity and loyalty with hard work to earn your value in life and knew everything else would fall into place. He believed in and prided himself in the family tree with all of his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchild. He paused at times with a soft saying “wow” I did all that; along with a chuckle.

Jerry Hernandez

February 21, 2019

Continued Eulogy by son, Jerry Hernandez.

Jose displayed his family values of success. He was a strict disciplinarian with a heart of strong values for his children to succeed. His children all succeeded in skilled traits, whether it was by hands, hearts, career or education. He valued God, his family, his Country, and the community he served. He was a guardian spirit that protected his family as well as the country and his community. He was a great provider and always made sure his family was first and never went without need. He was envied at times as the “Ricacho” of the block based on the first new home; first new TV and color TV; first new cars; and nice clothes, but it was not for him as he always labored for the finest for his wife and children.
Jose was an ethical man proven by his history of achievement alone. He believed in studying everything there is to study for your field of interest or hobby. He always bought the biggest most complicated book there was that covered every aspect of learning about whatever it was your interest was in. From the biggest bible concordance to the biggest book on (IMAC) computers for dummies.
His work ethics speak for themselves as he was a hard worker with long hours always to succeed during challenging times and provide well for his family. He was very Proud yet humble of his accomplishments. He showed great integrity and loyalty to those he served. He was an honorable man and a servant of God through his work and his commitment of service to others. And, Jose was very practical at being punctual. He strongly believed in being at least an hour early to work, appointments, and functions. “He was so punctual that he has been waiting on us this day for almost two weeks in the back room of this funeral home”.

Jerry Hernandez

February 21, 2019

Eulogy by son, Jerry Hernandez.

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OUR LEGACY


“Man of Steel”



Jose Juan Hernandez (Jr.) was known for his extreme toughness and pride as a man. His Marine Motto was, “Pain is weakness leaving the body”! He developed himself as a young man that moved to San Antonio at the age of 13, where he managed to succeed much on his own in completing school and starting an honorable and prestigious career. He was a leader and a mentor all of his life as a Boy Scout Leader; a Sergeant in United States Marines; a Sergeant in the Marine Reserves; a Staff Sergeant in Army reserves; a Sergeant (Deputy reservist) at the Bexar County Sheriff's Office; a Senior Security Officer; and a Civil Service employee as an Aircraft Mechanic promoting during challenging cultural times to an Airframe Specialist (AKA: White Collar) for fighter jets supporting our military. He studied the bible and mentored as a leading christian during his early years. He also mentored youths to success in life while leading a motor scooter club. One of his youths, now a grown man, returned to visit him during his time of illness to bless him (in tears) for the important role he played in mentoring this young man into a successful PHD graduate and businessman that travels the world as a result. Jose earned his associates degree in aeronautics, and many awards ranging from letters of appreciation to commendations to civil awards from the military and Kelly Air force base, not to forget his Medals as a Marine. He ultimately earned his angel’s wings through Christ.

Alyssa Garcia

February 21, 2019

Our grandpa was a truly hard working man, insuring his family had all they needed and more. Even after working long hour days he still found ways to create a special bond with each and every individual person in his family. Always present no matter how tired he was. He made it a point to find interest in, whatever we were "into" at the time. From Jerry and Johnniel's love of shoes, to Jackie's love of dolls, Yvette's passion for cheer, baby Jeffrey's trains and model airplanes, my admiration for rare/ vintage items. He would spoil us with the latest and greatest of things that made us happy, always putting a smile on our faces. As I grew older I came to realize he didn't truly care about the latest shoes, dolls, Thomas trains, cheer, or old $2 bills. It was us! His bloodline, his family, we were his passion. That kind of love was a teaching moment for us all along. We now all have that same kind of love instilled in us to pass on for generations to come.
Thank you Grandpa for the many years of love and guidance! We were blessed to have you as a pillar in our family.

Alexandra Hernandez

February 20, 2019

Memories of my beautiful Father in Law
I Love You, Daddy

Alexandra Hernandez

February 20, 2019

In Jamaica, mon!

Alexandra Hernandez

February 20, 2019

Alexandra Hernandez

February 20, 2019

Busted playing cards!

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