Jose A. Fernandez, 82
Rockford, passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2020. Jose was born on July 17, 1938 in Cavite City, Philippines to Ricardo and Juanita Fernandez. He was the youngest of four children. In 1955, Jose enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He completed his basic training in San Diego, California. His 23-year Navy career took him to many interesting places around the world. He retired from the Navy in 1978, when he came to Rockford. He had another 23-year long career with Rockford Drop Forge, working in the heat-treat department. On September 11, 1982, Jose and Carolyn were married in Rockford. They were blessed with one child, Melissa. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, daughter, Melissa, and numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, two sisters, one brother, father-in-law, sister-in-law, and brother-in-law. Funeral services are planned for Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 1 PM, at Anderson-Long-Klontz,6825 Weaver Road, Rockford, IL with visitation from 12:00 noon until1:00 p.m. Rev. Eric Hafeli will officiate. Memorials to the family in lieu of flowers. Attendance limited to 50 people, Mask must be worn.
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