Joseph V. Romero
March 29, 1923 - June 18, 2012
Source: Muster Roll - December 19, 1944
Joseph V. Romero, 89, passed on June 18, 2012. He was born on March 29, 1923 in Parkview, New Mexico (AKA Los Ojos, NM). Son of Luke and Celia Romero. His family later moved to Trinidad, Colorado, then moved to Denver, Colorado. He attended both Manual and East High Schools. During the Depression, he went into the CC Camps (Civilian Conservation Camps) created by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933. These camps were created for men during the Depression and were also known as military camps. The logo was "Save the Soil, Save the Forest, Save the Young Men". There were many of these camps back then and his was working in the U.S. Forest Service in Grand Junction.
Sometime after his completion of his time in the CC Camps, he came back to Denver and met the wonderful light of his eyes, or as he stated the coke a cola bottle and queen bee of his life; his beautiful wife Frances Plancarte (Romero). It truly was Love at First Sight!!! They were married 67 years. But also during this time, after they were married and with their first son in the oven, he volunteered in the U.S. Army. We were at war.
Japan's declaration of war to battle in the Philippine Islands, took Joseph there as an expert rifleman. He was Honorably Discharged, received the Purple Heart in recognition of his injuries, the Infantry Combat Badge, Pacific Theater Ribbon and the Bronze Star. The Bronze Star being the 4th highest combat award in the US Armed Forces. Later, after returning home from the war, he worked for the US Government at Lowry Field as a machinist. This is what he was doing when he retired.
He was known for his great sense of humor, making everyone laugh with his story telling and always being the life of the party. His favorite sport was boxing but he also loved watching the Colorado Rockies and the Denver Broncos. His heart was so amazingly true to helping his neighbors shovel their snow, mowing their lawns or fixing what ever someone requested him to fix. He was passionate about his volunteer work with his wife for the elderly in their community and family. A hard worker dedicated to the love of his life, his wife Frances and his family. But most of all, his dedication to his parish and his love for Christ. He is truly blessed and he will be extremely missed beyond compare. He is my hero and our hero. Thank you Dad, for all your service to our country and thanks to all veterans; seen and unseen.
His motto: Do things right the first time so you don't have to do it a second time".
Joseph is survived by his daughter, Yolanda Stocks (Romero), numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and extended family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Luke and Celia Romero; his siblings, Big Joe Romero, Ernesto Romero, Judy Romero, Ester Romero (Cordova), Genivie Romero, Lucy Romero, Susie Romero; his wife, Frances Romero (Plancarte) 1924-2008 and his children; Edward Romero, James Romero, Beverly Murillo (Romero).