Pete Eugene Ortega, 64, of Walsenburg, died August 16, 2009 in Pueblo at the Parkview Medical Center after battling heart and kidney failure. Pete is survived by his loving wife, Delphine; his children, Andrea (Luke) Trujillo, Christopher (Francisca Tafoya), Jessica Ortega and Jose (Regina) Baros; special sister and brother-in-law, Carol (Pete) Trujillo; grandchildren: Rick, Cheri (Darrel Lovato), Jaylee, Christopher Jr., Raina, Toni, Ramon, Quinisha; great-grandchildren: Anthony, Alexandra and Savannah; brothers and sisters: Virginia, Alberta, Rose, Elsie, Gloria, James, Paul, Cindy, Lawrence and Rita; two beautiful aunts: Mary Maldonado and Mary Summerville; an uncle, Demus Espinoza; special sisters-in-law: Barbara & Jennie Manzanares; special niece, Emily Gallegos; numerous loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents Eugene and Adeline Ortega, and a great-granddaughter, Raeven Ortega. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the US Army. After his discharge from the service, he became a Radio Police Dispatcher, retiring after 37 years of service to the community. He also worked at several other jobs: driving ambulance for his friend, Gilbert Olguin, serving with the volunteer fire department and working part-time for the Boies-Ortega Funeral Home.
Pete and Delphine were married for 41 years and were looking forward to their 50th wedding anniversary. He was a very loving family man who loved family outings, barbeques, fishing, hunting and hanging out with his side-kick, Mia, his boxer. He enjoyed visiting and hanging out with his special buddies, whom I would like to thank for being there for him: Jim Chavez, George Trujillo, John Garcia and his bro, Don Baros. Also, a special thanks to his niece, Emily, for taking care of him.
Funeral service will be held at 2 pm, Saturday, August 22 at St. Mary Church in Walsenburg, with Deacon, John Luginbill officiating.
Arrangements by Boise-Ortega Funeral Home of Walsenburg