A World War II "Greatest Generation" veteran Jose (Joe) Julian Guerrero of Palestine, Texas, passed at age 93 on July 31, 2017 at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Heart Hospital in Tyler, Texas. Services will be held 2:00 pm Friday, August 4, 2017 with Rev. Jordan Byrd officiating at Metcalf Funeral Home - 1801 White Oak Terrance, Conroe, Texas, (936) 756-3311. Visitation one hour prior and internment to follow.In addition to his service in World War II as an Air Force pilot, Joe also flew for NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. After retirement Joe enjoyed his life in Anderson County working his ranch, maintaining his antique car collection, and taking a role in supporting his community as a Director on the Walston Springs Water Supply Board. All agree he was an asset to the city of Palestine and will be sorely missed.
Joe received seven battle stars for each tour of service with the Fifteenth Air Force (15AF) during World War II. He flew a B-24 bomber in North Africa and Italy and took part in the Balkans Campaign as part of the 460th Bombardment Group.
He much preferred to talk about his subsequent career at NASA Johnson Space Center, where he wore many hats besides flight engineer specialist at Ellington Field. He spent much of his time flying the brave NASA astronauts (who got our nation to the moon) around the country. Joe also served as quality inspector for space shuttle parts and was on site for the inaugural rollout of Enterprise, the first orbiter of the space shuttle system, in Palmdale, CA, in 1976.
Joe was born in Harlingen, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents Felipe and Cenovia Guerrero, his first wife Rosalee and infant son, sister Connie Mullens, nephew Harry Mullens, nephew Wayne Mullens, sister Eloisa Arizpe and brother Alberto Guerrero.
Joe is survived by wife Iola A. Guerrero; brother Felipe Guerrero, Jr.; sister Maria Elena Guerrero; sister Maria Elvira (Betty) Romer; sister Dora Maria Schultz; numerous nephews and nieces and grandnephews and grandnieces.
Pallbearers: Joe Albert Guerrero, Jr.; Michael Schultz; Jaime Guerrero; Anton Guerrero; Stephen Schultz; Peter Romer
Honorary Pallbearers: Judge Bascom W. Bentley, III; Anderson County Sheriff, Greg Taylor; Karen Gray; Carson Wages; Dr. Tom Witte; Dan Glenn
A memorial service at First Christian Church at 113 E. Crawford Street in Palestine will be announced at a later date.
Published on August 1, 2017