Born Nov. 2, 1920, in Tampa, FL, the only son of Ortirio Perez Garcia and Angela Rodrigez Lopez.
Following graduation from Jesuit High School in Tampa, he attended Loyola University in New Orleans, graduating in 1942.
He entered the U.S. Army as a bacteriologist and served four years, earning the rank of Captain.
Attended Tulane Medical School, graduated 1952.
Served internship at St. Anthony Hospital, Rockford.
Following 44 years of Family Practice, Joe was appointed Assistant Administrator for Medical Staff Services at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center for 4 years.
President of Winnebago County Medical Society, Rockford School of Medicine, Illinois State Medical Society, physician for Boylan High School, Sports Medicine Award from BAMA.
Died Dec. 2, 2014.
Fitzgerald Funeral Home; Marsh Cemetery.
Source: Rockford Register Star Dec. 14, 2014