JOE G. ORQUE

Posted On January 12th, 2014 -

1-12 JOE G. ORQUEJOE G. ORQUE Our wonderful husband and father, Joe Orque, left us on December 27, 2013. He was born on April 7, 1927 in Makati, Manila Philippines. On December 15, 1950, he married Bernarda Orque and raised two children, Jean Malia Orque Withy and Jan V. Orque. He also leaves two grandchildren whom he dearly loved, Nicolas Colby Lee and Colin Arron Lee. As a young man in World War II, he was part of the guerrilla forces allied with the Philippine Scouts who helped protect the famous return of General Douglas MacArthur who was forced off the Philippines by the Japanese with the promise that ” he would return” which he did in 1944. After this, Joe formally joined the United States Navy. Joe served until his retirement attaining the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer working mainly in the disbursing and recruiting functions. During his 25 years of Naval service, he fought in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. When Joe joined the Navy, he started a process of bringing his family and those of his 6 siblings to the United States by sponsoring them with all the different requirements that had to be met. At the same time, he made sure his own children were able to go to college and one of them to law school. Besides his immediate family, he has a large group of other relatives who are thankful to him for leading the way to gaining citizenship for all of them. Joe loved music and played a number of instruments and enjoyed teaching local schoolchildren and often donated instruments to their schools. He is survived by his wife Bernarda Orque, his daughter and son, and two grandsons; sisters Cristina Aguinaldo, Ester Peralta, Trinidad Ngayan, Obella Velasco & Amelia Antonio. His brother, Maximo Orque, preceded him. Visitation is from 9:00 am Tuesday January 14, 2014 at Nuuanu Memorial Park and Mortuary; Services at 11:00 am; Burial to follow with full military honors at 1:00 pm at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl Crater. Casual Attire.


- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran