Luis Omegar Velez, 61, of Ringgold, Ga., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at his home.
He was born Dec. 27, 1952, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
He was a member of Collegedale Spanish-American Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Vietnam Veterans Association.
He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
He was preceded in death by his father, Omegar Velez; and grandmother, Monserrate Crespo.
Survivors include his wife, Nieves Velez; mother, Julia Hernandez of Camuy, Puerto Rico; children: Yesenia (Joaquin) Velez of Puerto Rico, Orlando (Jeanenne) Montoya of Washington, D.C., Zenia (Robert) Cabrera of Cleveland, Charles Velez of Ringgold, and Luis Velez Jr. of Bridgeport, Conn.; brother, Hilberto Santiago of Camuy, Puerto Rico; and grandchildren: Adriana Rivera, Miguel Rivera, Caragan Cabrera and Lilly Cabrera.
A graveside memorial service with full military honors will be held Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at 3 p.m. in Chattanooga National Cemetery, with Pastor Joel Barrios officiating.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga.
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