Miguel  Ortez

Miguel Ortez

11-25-1948 - 12-16-2020
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Miguel Ortez, 72, a resident of Rutherford for 42 years, passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

He was born in Camden NJ to Miguel and Lucy (nee Cancel) Ortiz. He proudly served in the United States Army completing his service in 1976. He served in Vietnam and received 5 medals, for Good Conduct, National Defense Service, Bronze Star, Vietnam Service and Vietnam Campaign. Afterward for 30 years, he was employed with NJ Transit in railroad construction, before he retired. He was a longtime member and very involved with the VFW #227, American Legion 453 and American Legion 109 in Rutherford. He loved his “scratch off’s” and was a frequent winner. He also donated to many charities.

Most important to Miguel was his family. He always had a smile on his face and loved to talk to anyone and everyone at all the family gatherings and around town. He was deeply committed to taking care of his brother-in-law Dante Ultimo. All of his family could depend on him, especially his wife, who he would wake up every morning for work and have breakfast with coffee prepared. He was a hard worker and a dedicated family man.

Miguel was preceded in death by his brothers Samuel, Freddie, Jimmy, and Tony and his sisters Gladys and Susana.
Miguel will be dearly missed by his mother Hilda Ortiz, devoted wife Anne, his children Joel Ortez and wife Khemmarin, his daughters Jacqueline Ortez and Melissa Ortez, his sisters Miriam, Lenore, Diane, Rosita, Ida, Carmen and Sylvia, and his brothers William, Jose and Juan.

Funeral Mass and Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:
Vietnam Veterans of America
8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100
Silver Springs, MD 20910
Red Cloud Indian School
100 Mission Drive
Pine Ridge, SD 57770-2100.

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  • American
  • Army
  • Bronze Star
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Vietnam Campaign Medal
  • Vietnam Service Medal


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Evans family

Posted at 08:22am
Expressions of sympathy for your love ones. No doubt you have made fond memories, which would re-surfaced from time to time. May those memories and God’s words in the Bible bring you some measure of comfort. Truly sorry for your loss.

Caitlin Ultimo-Pereyra

Posted at 09:00pm
Uncle Mike will forever be a part of my Christmas Eve memories. He most definitely loved being a host and had his routine down to a science. For someone who rarely even had soda, I always had one on Christmas Eve, and always will now as a small way to remember his naturally gregarious demeanor, humbleness and generosity. Uncle Mike was a boardwalk champion always winning the biggest prizes. The smile on his face showed how proud he was, not of winning, but of making his kids happy. I'll always remember our chats about cell phones (mostly the razor lol) and coffee ( I still have the reusable keurig cup filter he gave me somewhere) and I am grateful I got to see him more this past year. He will always be remembered as one of the happiest souls I've known and I'll always remember his voice bellowing through whatever house or crowd we were in.

Sara Regina

Posted at 09:05am
Miguel (Mike) Was always there for me. Whenever I needed him to watch the dogs or feed the dogs he was always right there for me helping out! Always with a smile on his face and very happy go lucky! And boy was he ever so lucky in Atlantic City! :-) He was good to me and my family and we loved celebrating our birthdays as he was born two days before me! He was ever so generous with his time and money! If I needed a quick loan, he was there and trusted that I would pay him back within a few days. I will especially miss you Christmas mornings when you always helped out making our famous Egg McMuffin’s! He was a good man and will be greatly missed by me and my family. Thank you Miguel and rest in peace and say hello to my brother Louis and the rest of our families for me!

Giana Iannuzzi

Posted at 08:04am
I knew that every time I walked in Melissa’s door I’d be greeted with a big smile from Mr. Ortez on the porch. He was an early riser and I remember early morning conversations after sleeping over on the couch. I always loved how he called Melissa “Missy”. My fondest memory of Mr. Ortez is at Melissa’s going away party I spent at least an hour sitting and talking with him about Vietnam and he gave me a copy of his poem, Tired of War. He was a devoted husband and father and will be so missed. Sending love to Mrs. Ortez, Melissa, Jackie and Joel.

Kristin Cash

Posted at 09:22pm
I can hear him say, “Ahh, Kris!” with a smile and giggle. He got a kick out of Austin and Sienna. He chuckled with his arms crossed. So many memories from childhood into adulthood on Orient Way and Jackson Ave. Always had a story and a animated way of telling us. My students loved the presents he donated to them from all of his charitable donations. My favorite memories are over 30 years of spending Christmas morning together. Mike and my dad made the best homemade egg McMuffins, a family tradition. This even continued at my house over the last few years. We will miss you so very much. May he Rest In Peace.

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