OSKALOOSA — José F. Vega, 89, of Oskaloosa, died Monday May 5, 2014, at the Mahaska Health Partnership Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa.
He was born Dec. 17, 1924, in Guánica, Puerto Rico, the son of José Monserrate and Angelina Acosta Vega. He graduated from Yauco, Puerto Rico high school with the class of 1941. He furthered his education with two years of schooling at the University of Puerto Rico. He was then drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Panama during World War II as a Technician Fourth Grade, Battery D 767th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion. Upon his honorable discharge from the military in 1946, José moved to Chicago and completed his degree at Century College of Medical Technology in Chicago. José started his career as a Medical Technologist in Sumner, Iowa. On Dec. 27, 1953, he was united in marriage with Evelyn Sassman of Tripoli, Iowa. In 1968, the family moved to Oskaloosa and José went to work at the Family Medical Center where he retired in 1992. In his spare time, he enjoyed reading, painting, and listening to opera music. He served as elected President of the Iowa State Society of American Medical Technologists and as elected Secretary of the national American Medical Technologists organization. He was a member of the American Legion and the St. Paul Congregational United Church of Christ. José will be remembered for his friendly demeanor, his sense of humor, his love of storytelling, and his kind readiness to help others.
His family includes his wife of 60 years, Evelyn Vega, of Oskaloosa; four children, Aideen Vega-Van Auken, of Fairfield, Michael (Clare) Vega, of Roswell, Ga., Mark (D.D.) Vega, of Sandy Springs, Ga., and Susan (Eduardo) Vega Garcia, of Ames; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Irma Vega, of Yauco, Puerto Rico. He was preceded in death by his parents; six sisters, Virginia Vega, Aurea Vega, Antonia Haar, Luisa Pardo, Eva Martin, and Leida Vega; and two brothers, Carlos Vega and Jorge Vega.