Joe T. Romero |

Joe T. Romero

Joe T. Romero, 81, died Nov. 22, 2007, at his home in Elkhart, Kan.He was born Oct. 17, 1926, in Taos, N.M., the son of José and Maria Isabel (Romo) Romero.Joe served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He has lived in Elkhart since 1981. He owned Joe’s Paint and Body Shop in Elkhart and Boise City, Okla. He was a body shop repairmen for 45 years. Joe loved spending time with his family and grandkids. He also enjoyed gardening, fishing, home repair and hunting.Joe married Betty Jane Horner on Dec. 27, 1963, in Raton, N.M. She preceded him in death in 2003.Survivors include: a loving companion, Fran Ryman; son Bruce Romero of Glenwood Springs; daughter Betty (BJ) Jenkins and husband Denny of Elkhart, Kan.; six grandchildren, James Jenkins and Christina Holbert of Amarillo, Texas, Kyle Jenkins and Lacey Jenkins of Elkhart, and Kinsey Romero and Devin Romero of Glenwood Springs; and great-granddaughter Josslynn Jenkins, of Amarillo.Joe was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; brothers John Romero and Chris Romero; and sister Esmeralda Cordova.A graveside service will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at the Elkhart Cemetery in Elkhart with the Rev. Gary Murrell officiating. Military rites will be performed by the Elkhart VFW Post #3162. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon at Garnand Funeral Home in Elkhart. Memorials may be given to the Elkhart VFW Post #3162 or American Heart Association, both in care of Garnand Funeral Home, P.O. Box 854, Elkhart, KS 67950.

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