Joe A. Reyes, Jr.
March 29, 1949 - March 18, 2013

Original Message To:

Saturday, July 23rd, 2021 at 8:21 AM


Email from: Tina Reyes (Joe's Wife)
Phone number: Not on website

Subject: Joe A Reyes Jr, Echo Company 
Message: Floyd, I wanted to let you know Joe passed away.


Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

Joe's Obituary

Joe A. Reyes, Jr., age 63, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2013 with his family by his side.

Joe proudly served his country in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star.

Above and beyond everything else, Joe loved his family and worked to ensure their education and success in life.

He is survived by his wife, Tina Houston Reyes; his mother, Alejandrina Reyes; his beloved sons: Tim Reyes and wife, Mari; Trent Houston and Bryce Houston; loving granddaughters: Serena Reyes, Sierra Reyes and Lexi Reyes; sisters: Pearl R. Montez and husband, Marcelino; Sylvia R. Chaifullo and husband, Joe; and Lupita R. Nuncio and husband, Robert; nieces: Drina Rosser and Christina Nuncio; nephew, Ricky Chaifullo; and many wonderful friends and family.

Joe had a bigger than life personality, great smile and laughter; he was deeply loved ~ we will hold his memory in our hearts.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 24th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Porter Loring on McCullough.

MARCH 24, 2013
5:30 PM

MARCH 25, 2013
10:00 AM

Interment in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with military honors.

"Some of from old Brooks just heard about Mr. Reyes. My deepest condolences . You were in the Hispanic club there and you and your lovely wife shared so much, her mariachi and your beautiful horses.the trips go Mexico we went on. We will always remember those very happy times."

– Jesse Menchacs, May 01, 2013

"Dear Tina and Family,
I was very saddened to learn of Joe's passing yesterday when visiting the AFRL at FSH and offer my deepest sympathy. Joe was a very special person with a competent and dedicated work ethic and a pleasant, helpful demeanor. He provided unmeasureable assistance to my small Army group at Brooks AFB over our tenure there and facilitated our move to FSH under the 2010 BRAC relocation. He contributed in a very special way to the research accomplishments at Brooks. One could depend on Joe's wise advice. I am very thankful to have known him and always enjoyed talking with Joe both professionally and personnaly and am very gracious for his service to the Department of Defense. May the peace of the Lord be with you all.
Bruce Stuck, Retired
Past Director of the USAMRD-WRAIR
Brooks City-Base, Texas"

– Bruce Stuck, San Antonio, TX, Apr 17, 2013

"We were so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. Our son Karl Culp was with Joe in 1969 in Vietnam. They were on a mission and someone stepped on a trip line.
Karl and Joe were the best of friends. They like to tease each other and laughed a lot.
Joe stayed in contact with us by phone and e-mail. We met Joe and his mother in San Antonio for dinner a couple of times. We enjoyed learning somethings of Joe's early life as told by his mother.
We have had several Marine reunions and Joe enjoyed being with his buddies and exchanging stories of their experiences.
He was a brave Marine and a good person. Bless him, he will not be forgotten."

– Clayton and Dee Culp, Granbury,, TX, Apr 14, 2013

"I met Joe for the first time during a reunion of his Recon Marine Company a couple of years ago. He was very special to this family of veterans and the family of Karl Culp. My vision of Joe was his departure with his former sergeant from Viet Nam. Hopefully that gathering brought peace to his heart."

– Suzanne Sigona, Denver, Apr 03, 2013

"Today you would be a young 64.I know you are in heaven missing us but making everyone there smile and laugh,
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal`
Love leaves a memory, no one can steal`
If being loved could have saved you, you would have lived forever...
someday we will see you again..."

– Happy Birthday Joe, Mar 30, 2013

"Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved. There are never any right words to express how deeply sad I am for the pain your family is enduring at this difficult time.

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations, I am sincerely thankful for his valiant service in defense of our rights and freedom.

His commitment to family, friends, our community, and to serving our great nation leaves a wonderful legacy. May the love and the wonderful memories you shared with him help you when you need it most. He will never be forgotten, and your family will be remembered in my prayers."

– Senator Leticia Van de Putte, R.Ph., San Antonio, TX, Apr 02, 2013

"Thank you, Coach Joe, for your hard work and never-ending devotion to your family, friends, baseball teams, and anyone in need of a smile. You touched our family's hearts each and every time we saw you and you will not be forgotten. God bless your family. ~ Staci, Mike, and Bryan Slayden."

– Staci Slayden, Mar 26, 2013

"Thank you, Coach Joe, for your hard work and never-ending devotion to your family, friends, baseball teams, and anyone in need of a smile. You touched our family's hearts each and every time we saw you and you will not be forgotten. God bless your family. ~ Staci, Mike, and Bryan Slayden."

– Staci Slayden, Mar 26, 2013

"Tia Alejandrina, Pearl & Family,

I was so taken aback when I saw that Joe Jr. had passed away. The last time I saw him was in 2001 when my father Paul Sr. passed away. I and my family pass on our most sincere condolences. Know that Joe and all of you will be in our prayers going forward.

Paul Reyes Jr. and Family
Citrus Heights, Ca"

– Paul Reyes Jr., Mar 25, 2013

"Tina, I was saddened to hear of Joe's passing. He was so much a part of my Brooks family, and I had the honor of knowing him most of my career. Joe was a gentle soul, and always willing to help, which made my job easier. His loss will be felt by all our Brooks family. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers."

– Sharon Garcia, Mar 25, 2013

"I had the pleasure of sharing two beautiful grand daughters with Grandpa Joe. Thank you my compadre for being a wonderful, loving, caring and fun grandpa to my Serena and my Sierra. Que en paz descanse su alma. My most heartfelt sympathy to Grandma Tina, the boys, and the Reyes family"

– Grandma Rose Mauricio, Mar 25, 2013

"Joe was a good friend in High School. I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing. My condolences go to his wife and children."

– Linda Delgado-Gonzales, Houston, TX, Mar 24, 2013

"Joe was a classmate,friend and later a business partner.He will forever be remembered by all who met him.Joe and I went Burbank High School and shared a friendship from the 7th grade to the 12th grade.He was always watching over his friends.I know that his co-workers will also miss him and BROOKS AFB was lucky to have had him work there for so many years.
To Joe's wife, children and grandchildren know that Joe loved all of you and when we spoke about you all he Gleamed.I am lucky to have known him and will miss Joe Reyes,the respected,classmate and friend."

– Carrie Mungia Beavers, Mar 22, 2013

"Thank-you for your Service and dedicating your life to secure our freedoms. Stand Down Marine as your service to our country is now complete. May You Rest in Peace and I will Never Forget."

– Forrest, Mar 22, 2013

"Joe had a heart as big as Texas. Above all else, he loved his family and friends. He will be dearly missed."

– Tom Robinson, Mar 22, 2013

"We (employees) of elizabeths met Mr.Reyes (or Mr. Joe as my family and i called him) years ago at our family business. He was a wonderful man filled with joy and laughter. ALWAYS had us laughing. The majority of the time that him and Tina would come on the weekends for breakfast he never failed to mention "Don't forget tell my girlfriend I want my tortilla fresh del comal!" (Jokingly) . We all cared for him very much. He was more than a customer, more than a friend, he was family. Our deepest sympathy to his wife, his sons, and his family.

From the employees at Elizabeths and the Egloff family"

– Elizabeths Mexican Restaurant, Mar 23, 2013

"Tine -- I worked with Joe when he was with RED HORSE at Kelly AFB. In fact, my wife and I had dinner with you kids a few times. I truly enjoyed working with Joe, he was an outstanding young man. Carol and I often tought of you kikds. 

– Gary Bruehler, Mar 24, 2013

"Joe was my supervisor, he was a joy to work for. He made our job fun. We worked together for over 12yrs.
Beverly Kuykendall"

– Beverly & Mark Kuykendall, Mar 22, 2013

Joe A. Reyes, Jr.
March 29, 1949 - March 18, 2013
San Antonio, Texas | Age 63


Nice to hear from you and thanks for the reply to my email.

I was saddened to hear of Joe's passing. He will be greatly missed by all association members especially our members from Echo Company 1st Recon Battalion & Bravo Company 5th Recon June 1968 through December 1970.

Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.  The last time I talked to Joe was at our 2010 reunion in San Antonio, Texas. That reunion was one of my best reunions. I had such a great time. "I love San Antonio"

This is a link to your husband's web page on the 1st Recon Battalion Associationwebsite: 

You can send in photos or stories anytime and I'll glad to add them to his web page. 

Thank you for informing us on his passing. 

He came this way but once. Yet, he touched our lives in many ways while he were here. We shall remain eternally grateful for his friendship and for the influence he bestowed upon us.

  Semper fi,

Floyd Ruggles,

1st Recon Battalion Association

Membership Director & Webmaster