Joe Torres

Joe ""Jay"" Torres Jr.

Tuesday, January 11th, 1944 - Saturday, October 10th, 2020
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Joe "Jay" Torres Jr., 76, died Saturday October 10, 2020 at St. Catherine Hospital. He was born January 11, 1944 in Garden City, the son of Joe C. & Lucy (Ojeda) Torres.

Joe was a lifetime Garden City resident. He proudly served in the US Army and returned home to marry Elizabeth Avila on May 29, 1971. She survives. He had worked as a audio/visual repairman for the school district for many years before retiring to spend time with his grandchildren. He was mechanically inclined and tinkered with cars and electronic gadgets. He enjoyed attending car shows, Native American Pow Wows, hot air balloon festivals and was dedicated member of the Kansas Honor Flight. As a long time volunteer for St. Catherine Hospital, his friendly smile greeted many who walked through those doors to visit sick loved ones. Other hobbies included exercising and going to the zoo. His wife children and grandchildren remember his love of photography and wonderful meals he prepared for them.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his children-Adriana (Luis) Perez of Garden City, Jaclyn (Paul) Boles of Nashville, TN, Jamie (Carin) Torres of Lenexa, Kansas and Marisol Torres of Garden City; Grandchildren-Aaron Perez, Lily Perez, Noah Perez, Mia Perez, Mattie Boles and Tucker Boles & siblings-Victoria "Vicky" Mata of Lubbock, Texas, Rosita "Sandy" Tullis of Wichita Falls, Texas, & Anita "Annie" Asebedo of Garden City, Kansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings -Anselmo (Sach) Torres, Margarita "Margie" Stamford & Mary Esther Torres.

Visitation will be 12:00 – 6:00 pm with Rosary at 5:00 pm, all on Wednesday October 14, 2020 at Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N 7th Street, Garden City. The family will hold a private Memorial Service at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Joe Torres Jr. Memorial Fund in Care of Garnand Funeral Home.
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Posted at 07:58pm
I knew Joe from volunteering at St. Catherine Hospital. I volunteered in the Surgery Waiting Room on Wednesday’s. I was always late getting in their, because I would stand at the front desk and talk to Joe. He was a wonderful person and so much fun to talk to. He would tell me what he had done, what he had cooked, and about all of his travels. I will miss his smiling face, and his laughter.


Posted at 04:47am
You know that I have always liked Jay. I’m so sad with his passing. When things got rowdy in the living room, I could always go into the kitchen and laugh with him. I was surprised when I read that Zinna wrote that he cleaned her headlights. That one of the first memories I had with him. I remember going out and asking him what the heck are doing Jay?, and of course he said I’m cleaning your headlights since they were dirty. Jay had such a kind heart. I also remember when the skirting on the car was loose, of course Jay was there with the tools to tighten it up. I can’t express how wonderful he was and I’m truly going to miss him. He must be having a good time with Jessie!

Reyna Kohl

Posted at 12:48pm
I know him as Jay. It had been many many years that I had not seen him. When my aunt passed in feb he brought us food , came to rosary, funeral, and dinner. It was so good to reconnect with him. I’m sad his funeral is private , I send my condolences to his family. Especially , to his kids and grandkids, what a blessing he was. I will forever be grateful the Lord reconnected us before his passing. RIP, Nino.
Love Always, Reyna

Nikki P.

Posted at 12:54am
Thanks for sharing the Mexican food recipes on Facebook with me😊🌮🥑🌯. Because of you, I started following some pretty amazing Mexican cooks. I’ll always remember our last conversation cuz❤️ At the hospital. I can hear your voice, and see that smile. I know you’re smiling down on us 🙏🏾. Rest in heaven cuz!!!!!

Suzanne Corbett

Posted at 05:48pm
I am saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. I worked at Garden City High School library for 22 years as a para and Joe was a great repairman, who always greeted me with a smile! After he retired, I would see him walking the halls of the high school as a volunteer, helping students who needed a positive role model, and he was exactly that! In the past few years, I have seen him at St. Catherine Hospital helping patients and families. Always a smile and friendly greeting! He was an amazing man who will be greatly missed.

My sincere condolences.
Sue Corbett

Carin Cooper Posted at 11:36pm

Thank you for sharing Suzanne! What a wonderful memory to remember Jay by by, loving, caring, hard working, and a great role model. ❤️ He will be deeply missed.

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