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Jose L. “Pepe” Ibanez, 71

Jul 10, 2010

Jose Ibanez

Elmore — Jose Luis “Pepe” Ibanez, age 71, of Elmore, died July 4, 2010, at United Hospital, Blue Earth.

Funeral Services were held July 7, 2010, at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, in Blue Earth. The Rev. Leo Koppala officiated. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Blue Earth. Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.

He was born June 17, 1939, in Mexico City, Mexico, the son of Jose Fernandez Somellero and Sofia Huller (Sanchez) Ibanez. He graduated from the Colegio Mexico, in Mexico City, and later earned his GED, in Anchorage, Alaska. Education was very important to Jose; while in the U.S. Air Force, he attended Riverbend Community College of Washington State, while stationed in Germany. He continued his education earning his bachelors degree from Mankato State University in 1986 and his Master’s Degree in arts and humanities in 1993, also through Mankato State University. Jose was a career non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, serving from April 1961 to May 1984, where he was a Staff Sergeant in Vietnam. He earned the Air Force Commendation Medal, Presidential Citation, Vietnam Campaign medal, Good Conduct and Longevity medals. He attended Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church and was a member of the American Legion Post 89, VFW Post 4580, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 32, Military Retirees Association, Vietnam Veterans Retirees Association and the Mankato State University Alumni Association.

Jose is survived by his wife, Dessie Ibanez, of Elmore; children, Dessie Sofia (Michael) Slater, of Jerome, Idaho, Jose Luiz Ibanez, Jr., of Elmore; Barbara (Patrick) Homan, of Yukon, Okla., Donna Swan, of Abilene, Texas, Maria del Carmen (Brian) Hunt, of North Mankato, Antonio Carlos Ibanez, of Elmore; sister, Teresita (Chet) Sutter, of Kalamazoo, Mich.; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Jose was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Memorial donations are preferred to Children’s International, of Kansas City, Mo.

Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com