Joe “Henry” Valdes
February 18, 1970 – January 10, 2023
Preceded in death by grandparents.
Survived by wife, Holly; son, Grayson; parents, Louis and Nancy Valdes; brother, Louie (Jenny); niece, Sienna; many other loving family members and friends.
Henry was born in Odessa, Texas, on February 18, 1970, and grew up in El Paso. He played sports as a young boy, rode dirt bikes in the desert with friends and cousins, and got into enough mischief to keep everyone on their toes. He enjoyed spending summers with his Grandpa and Grandma Lyles in the small town of Balmorhea, Texas, playing with friends and swimming at the state park pool his great-grandfather help build. Henry’s passion for cooking started young in his Grandma Lyle’s kitchen. He worked at Red Lobster starting in high school, where he made many friends, worked hard, and played hard. His passion for jewelry started when he was young, working alongside his father, Louis, in their family jewelry store in El Paso.
In 1996 he moved to Omaha, where he began his career at Borsheim’s, working with Louis once again. He chose to step away from the jeweler’s bench and venture out onto the sales floor. He developed an affection for watches that brought him joy in finding the perfect timepiece for his clients. He loved connecting with his customers, many of which became close friends throughout the years. He enjoyed traveling to Switzerland for work and learning more about the luxury watch industry. It is at Borsheim’s where he met his wife, Holly. They were married on March 7, 2009, in Omaha.
Henry’s lifelong battle with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) did not stop him from enjoying travel with his family. They traveled to California, Florida, Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas, often with family or to visit family. On September 13, 2012, they welcomed their son Grayson Paul. Wednesdays became known as “Daddy Grayson days.” He enjoyed spending time with Grayson and took him everywhere. Henry has always said his greatest accomplishment is his son. He enjoyed cooking for his family and friends, especially on holidays and special occasions. Henry has always been a generous person with his last act on Earth; he became an organ donor. Henry passed at Lakeside hospital on January 10, 2023, where he donated his kidneys; each going to a different recipient.
Family will receive friends Sunday, January 15th, from 4:00-6:00PM at West Center Chapel.
Funeral: Monday, January 16th, 10AM at West Center Chapel
Interment: Prospect Hill Cemetery
Memorials may be directed to the family for Grayson’s Education Fund.