Joseph Soto Avena - 86 yrs. young - Passed Away August 9, 2019 peacefully surrounded his family who loved and cherished him, while listening to his favorite Mariachi music.
He was born July 16, 1933 in Deming, New Mexico to Luis & Francisca Avena. Preceeded in Death by his Parents & Mother In Law Florence Burdette. Brothers: Gerado, Pablo, Manuel & Sisters: Francisca, Jesus (Aaron), Consuelo (Benny), Erminda, Luisa & Esther (Benny). Bill & Pete Burdette, Nick & Ann Nichols, 2 sons-in-law, Mark Lyle and Brian Rudd. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Pearl. Daughters: Toni, Roxane (Eddie Lee) & Terri Avena (Greg). Grandchildren, Jessica, Taniya (Bill Sheets), Tony (Diana), Katie “Petunia”. Great Grandchildren, Sean, Tommy, Naveya, and Cameron. Along with many nieces and nephews here and in New Mexico. Our Wichita, KS family, Bruno, Gahanna Hardware Family and many friends at The Mug & Gahanna Grill.
He enlisted at 14 years of age into the USAF. During his military career he was a BMAT (Best Mexican Around Town, lol) Ballistic Missile Analyst Technician, Crew R-102 533 Strategic Missile Squadron & 581 Strategic Missile Wing. He was responsible for shooting the Titan II Missile at Vandenberg AFB on May 21, 1965 where his Superior stated his target was 3/10 of a mile off in which he replied “Yes Sir There Is Always Room For Improvement Thank You Sir”. He retired with 20 years of active duty, fought in the Korean Conflict and spent 10 years in the reserves. He retired a civilian career from Rimrock Corp. of 32 years. He was an active employee of The Gahanna Hardware for the past 15 years.
He was a member of the VFW Paul Lawrence, Post #9847. He was an avid golfer, a die-hard euchre player, loved his Mariachi music, OSU Buckeyes and enjoyed managing his football pools. He never knew a stranger and was adored by many of all ages. Nothing was more important to him than his family, he taught them the true meaning of love and work ethic. Always willing to help others no matter the sacrifice. He was always right, just ask him! His wishes were to donate his body to science at OSU but due to medical circumstance that wish could not be fulfilled. Newcomer Funeral Home is performing creamation and his final resting place will be in Pinos Altos Gila National Forest, New Mexico.
Upon his wishes for no funeral service a celebration of life will be scheduled in his honor by his family in the near future. If you wish to honor his name, the family asks donations be made to the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) a charity near and dear to his heart. PO Box 14301 Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301.