Jose 'Ralph' Villagomez


Share
Posted Online: Nov. 26, 2012, 7:11 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
Jose "Ralph" Villagomez, 85, of Moline, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at St. Francis, Peoria, Ill.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Christ the King Church, Moline. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Rafferty Funeral Home, 2111 1st St. A, Moline, with a Christian wake service at 4 p.m. Burial will be at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, with military honors by American Legion Post 246. Memorials can be made to Gigi's Downs Syndrome Awareness Center, Moline.
Ralph was born Dec. 3, 1926, in Moline, the son of Enrique and Carmen Ortiz Villagomez. He was married on Aug. 24, 1957, in Moline to his wife of 55 years, Josephine Llaca.
Ralph was a United States Veteran having served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked at the former John Deere Plow Planter Works, Moline, retiring in 1987, after 23 years of service.
Ralph was a member of Christ the King Church, Moline, and the Moline Lions Club. He enjoyed his morning breakfasts at Hy-Vee, and he loved searching for a bargain.
Survivors (and spouse) include his wife, Josephine; daughter, Juanita (Gary) Ghere, Bettendorf, and Susan Villagomez, Moline; son, the Rev. Ray Villagomez, Moline; sisters, Aurora Navarro, Moline, Rachel Garcia, Mexico, Carolina Villagomez, Mexico; brothers, Vincent Villagomez, Houston, Texas, Ramon Villagomez, San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Ashley, Alex and Caitlin Ghere. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Condolences may be left and a video may be viewed at www.RaffertyFunerals.com.












 



Local events heading








  Today is Monday, July 28, the 209th day of 2014. There are 156 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




(More History)