Billie Joe Sanchez, 91, formerly of Nebraska City, died June 17, 2018.
He was born on Aug. 6, 1926, and was raised in Craig, Mo.
After graduating from Craig High School, he attended the University of Kansas and then enlisted in the Navy.
After his service in the Navy (1944-46), Joe attended the University of Nebraska and University of Nebraska School of Dentistry from 1946-53 and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
He practiced dentistry in Nebraska City from 1954-89.
Joe married Ethel Shelley in 1953 and the couple had two children, Carmen Lucinda and Jon Joseph.
He married Mary Lou Woods in 1987. While residing in Nebraska City, Joe was active in Jr. Chamber of Commerce and Sr. Chamber of Commerce. He was a  Presbyterian Church elder, was a member of the Southeast Golf Association of Nebraska and was a member of the American Dental Association.
He was a past member of the Optimist Club, Eagles Club, and Elks Club and was a current member of the American Legion. He served on the Planning Commission five years and was on the Nebraska City Cemetery Board.
His main interests were his family, church and dentistry. He enjoyed golf, bowling, cards, dancing and camping and was a huge University of Nebraska Cornhusker Football fan.
In 1994, Joe and Mary moved to Sun Lakes, Ariz., where he became active in church, was a volunteer for Neighbors Who Care, held Bible classes in his home and enjoyed golfing and card clubs. He was an Arizona Diamondback baseball fan.
Joe was preceded in death by his first wife, Ethel; father, Joseph Sanchez; mother, Lucille Sanchez; step mother, Virginia Sanchez and brother Roberto Sanchez.
He is survived by wife, Mary Sanchez; children Jon (Shirley) Sanchez, and Carmen (Robert) Carubia; step children Rick (Tina) Woods and Bob (Carla) Woods; grandchildren, Beau Carubia, Chad (Alicia) Carubia, Codi (Domingo) Astiasaran; Lucas Carubia; Jamie (Chris) Parsons, Joe Sanchez and Jacob Sanchez; step grandchildren Richelle (Sheldon) Hendricks, Sara (Hal) Irving, Rhema Woods; Hannah (Taylor) Fredericks and Bryan Woods; six great grandchildren and sisters, Gloria Rockoff and Lou Holton.