He served 23 years in the United States Army. He was a Vietnam veteran, Kentucky Colonel and 4th degree Knights of Columbus. He was an avid bowler for many years at Fort Knox. He loved watching his University of Louisville basketball and football.
In his new life, he will be met at the gates of Heaven by his paternal grandparents, Pedro Pangelinan and Rosa Guerrero Lujan Rosario; paternal grandparents, Manuel Lujan Rosario and Catalina Castro Aguon; stepmother, Lucia Garcia Soriano Rosario; brothers, sisters and their spouses, Edward A. and Trinidad L.G. Quintanilla, Estella A.Q. and Juan Carriaga, Rosario A.Q. and Vicente Martinez Taitano, Vicente A. and Felicita Salas Quichocho Quintanilla, Alfredo A. and Frances Nauta Quintanilla, Alexander A. and Albina Salas Quintanilla, Anthony William Tackney; a brother-in-law, Juan A. Angoco; and parents-in-law, Ernest and Irene Deocampo.
He leaves behind a loving wife of more than 52 years, Chita Rosario; children, Jocelyn Rosario, Julie Debibar (Peter) and Jonathan Rosario; an adopted son, Bruce Golden; grandchildren, Marita Apatang (TJ), Nina Marie Schinlaub (Josh), John-Paul “JP” Debibar (fiancee, Sarah Flowers), Tanisha Jackson (Kyle Simmons), Kimo Debibar, Kalani Rizor; great-grandchildren, Mikaela, Gabriella, Terran, Mariana, Jeremiah, Manuia, Cameron, Sophia and Aire; siblings, Darlene A. Angoco of Asan, Guam, David D. and Vivian Tackney of Las Vegas, Nevada, Rosita A. Romeo Miranda of Kapolei, Hawaii, and Mary Cruz Tackney of Sinajana, Guam. Joe will be missed by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Rosario is at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at St. Christopher Parish in Radcliff. Burial follows in North Hardin Memorial Gardens in Radcliff.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at Chism Family Funeral Home in Vine Grove. A prayer service is at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at chismfamilyfunerals.com.
Published by The News-Enterprise from Oct. 4 to Oct. 8, 2021.