Jose A. Viramontes, age 95, born in Jalpa, Zacatecas, Mexico and resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Jose is survived by his children, Frank Viramontes, Gloria Viramontes, Carl Viramontes and wife Teresa, Rosemary Beaman and husband Daniel, and Julie Viramontes; siblings, Carmen Morman, Maria Jones and Raul Ponce; eleven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Genevieve Viramontes; mother, Maria Ponce; step-dad, Ramon Ponce; daughter, Christina Viramontes; great-granddaughter, Rosalie Forthon; siblings, Conception Viramontes, Raymond Ponce and Jesus Ponce.
Jose was a WWII veteran in the United States Army. He was a Rifleman Paratrooper with the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division. He served in three major battles, Normandy, Ardennes, Rhineland Central Europe, to include Battle of the Bulge, Rhine Operation Combat Jump across the Rhine, and Occupation in Berlin with the 504th Parachute Infantry, 82nd Airborne. He received the American Theatre, European African, Middle Eastern Victory Ribbons and Good Conduct Medals in Berlin with 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.
Jose loved bowling, restoring vintage Army jeeps, working in the yard and working on his coin collection but most of all he loved spending time with his family.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, June 27, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Alameda Chapel, 9420, Fourth St. NW, with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 9502 Fourth St. NW. Committal service will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:15 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Frank Viramontes, Carl Viramontes, Jonathan Zamora, Timothy Harmeson Jr., Ernest Viramontes and Daniel Beaman Jr. Honorary Pallbearers will be Robertrey Jaramillo, Joshua Viramontes, David Viramontes, Daniel Beaman, and Arturo Forthon.
At the Family's request, in lieu of flowers, please consider Memorial contributions to the NM Dept. of Disabled American Veterans, 2511 Utah St., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110.
Mr. Viramontes' care is entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services ~ Alameda Mortuary, 9420 Fourth Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114, (505) 898-3160.