Jose Flores Jr., 87, passed away Friday at the V.A. Medical Center in Des Moines, IA.  Born in San Antonio, TX, Nov. 28, 1928, Jose was the son of the late Jose and Margarita (Nee: Luna) Flores.

Jose proudly served in the U.S. Air Force as a Staff Sergeant stationed in Japan. On Feb. 17, 1951 in Waukegan, IL, he was united in marriage to Juanita Malacara who preceded him in death March 6, 1996.  He worked at the J.I. Case Co. and retire in 1984.  Attending St. Edward’s Catholic Church, he was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

Jose Flores Jr. Served His Community

He was involved with the Boys Scouts for ten years, and was involved with the Racine Unified Schools.  He believed in serving his community. He was on various civic, political boards and commissions, and on the Wisconsin State Bilingual Program.  Jose was the president of the local chapter of LULAC and the national vice president of LULAC.  He served as Commander for Disabled American Veterans.  Jose enjoyed watching movies, dancing, gardening and socializing.  He and Juanita were foster parents for many years.  Above all Jose was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are six children, Christina (David) Hansen of Des Moines, IA, Juan (Amy) Flores of Fond du Lac, Roberto Flores of Bedford, TX, Delia Flores Coca of Racine, Annamaria (Albert) Moore of Racine, Amy Ann (David) Huerta of San Antonio; 24 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; a sister, Margarita (Garth) Shaw of Sommerville, OR; sister-in-laws, Fernanda Flores, Alicia Flores both in San Antonio, TX; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.  In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca; grandson, Edward; granddaughter, Santa; and 3 brothers, Fernando, Raul, and Juan.

Funeral Details For Jose Flores Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home, 803 Main St. Relatives and friends may meet from 4 p.m. until time of service Wednesday.  Interment will be held at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX.  Memorials to the Disabled American Veterans have been suggested.

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