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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint My Father, Joseph R. Roibal Jr. or Jose to his friends, served in the US Navy during the Korean War. While serving a long tour at sea, a virulent strain of streptococcus running throughout the ship led sick bay to run out of antibiotics. An infection settled in Joseph's kidneys, leading to his medical discharge from the Navy, eventually to total renal failure, and after many years of dialysis, to his early passing at the age of 57. If the above seems like a small footnote, that's intentional. He never let that monumental event define who he was. A first generation American, he was a strong man in body and mind, a hard worker, tough as nails on the outside, but a loving caring guy to the core....I miss him. ...

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