Joesph L. Hernandez Jr.

November 20, 1956 - August 9, 2023

U.S. Veteran

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Joseph Luis Hernandez Jr.

In Our Hearts Forever

November 20th, 1956, to August 9th, 2023

Joseph Luis Hernandez Jr., a proud veteran of the Marine Corp. concluded his earthly journey on August 9th, 2023. He was predeceased by his beloved Grandmother, Delores “Lola” Acosta and his cherished Grandson, Grayson Alexander Curry.

Joseph, known as “JoJo” or “Joey” to those who knew him best, was born on November 20th, 1956, to Maria Isabel Rodriguez and Joseph Louis Hernandez Sr.  Joseph attended Taft High School in the Bronx, NY before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, where he served from 1973 to 1977, dedicating his time in combat to the Vietnam War. As a Corporal for the Marines, Joey saw action in Vietnam, often retelling stories of the time he served.

The statement “Once a Marine, always a Marine” personifies who Joey was – a proud marine and true patriot, His sacrifices and bravery inspiring countless others. Joseph’s fellow veterans held him in high esteem, recognizing his unwavering commitment to defending freedom and democracy.

After Joseph’s 4-year tour in the United States Marine Corps, he attended Clark College in Vancouver, WA where he studied journalism, before landing a job with Boise Cascade, where he worked for many years.

Joseph was intent on instilling the values of honor and perseverance in the lives of those he loved, especially when it came to his children and grandchildren. Joseph’s memory and legacy will forever live on in the hearts of his son, Demiko Hernandez, his loving daughter, Catherine “Cayti” Hernandez, and his two adoring grandchildren, Paisley and Keegan.

In addition to his parents, children and grandchildren, left to mourn are Joseph’s siblings, Denise, Darla, Sandra, Brian, and Richard, His nieces, Starr (Sister), Mia, and Lola and nephews, Billy, Christopher, Stephen, Tre and Marc. Joseph loved his family dearly and always held the memories of the things he’d done with each of them throughout his life, close to his heart.

Joseph L. Hernandez Jr. will forever be remembered as a true hero, both on the battlefield and in the lives of those he touched. His selfless nature, unwavering dedication, and kind-hearted spirit will serve as an everlasting reminder of the impact one person can make in the lives of those who love them as well as in the world. As we mourn the loss of a remarkable individual, let us also celebrate the incredible life he led, forever etched in our memories.

A memorial service to honor our beloved, “Jo Jo” will be held at Omega Funeral & Cremation Services on August 29th, 2023, at 10:00 AM, followed by a military honors ceremony held at the Willamette National Cemetery at 1:00PM. Family and friends are invited to come together to share stories, memories, and bid farewell to a beloved father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the Returning Veterans Project, in Joseph’s honor.

As we say our final goodbyes to Joseph L. Hernandez Jr., we hold onto the profound impact he had on our lives. May he find eternal peace and rest in the loving arms of his grandmother and grandson. Though he may be physically absent, his spirit, legacy and infectious laughter will forever be remembered.