Jose “Joey” Bagarinao

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Jose “Joey” Villa Bagarinao, 57, of Belleville, IL, born August 27, 1961, in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines, died Friday, December 7, 2018, at St. Joseph Hospital, St. Charles, MO.

Joey loved photography and traveling.  He enjoyed putting together model airplanes and cars.  His favorite car was his Mustang.  He loved watching “The Sound of Music.”  Joey was a proud United States Navy veteran.  He will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Felicitas, nee Villa, Bagarinao.

He is survived by his father, Jovencio M. Bagarinao;
four sisters, Pema Bagarinao, Melanie (Doniz Abellana) Bagarinao, Jamela (Ahsan) Bagarinao Raza, and Fhia (Greg McConnell) Bagarinao;
his loving girlfriend, Eleanor “Ellen” McGhee;
five aunts, Mamasita, Tita Nene, Tita Conching, Tita Dory, and Tita Nenay;
an uncle, Tito Billy;
four nieces and nephews, Nohl Abellana-Bagarinao, Maria Petra Raza, Rose McConnell, and Jovie Bagarinao;
his best friend, Zoe de la Torre;
many cousins;
and other family member and friends.

Memorials may be made to The John Cochran Health Care System, 915 North Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO  63106. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, December 10, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 10, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Salvador Gonzalez, O.M.I., officiating.  Military honors will follow the services.

Burial will be held at a later date in Negros Oriental, Philippines.



10 Comments on Jose “Joey” Bagarinao

Dave Jones said : Guest Report Sep 12, 2022 at 6:36 AM

I served with Joe on the USS Iowa. He was a great guy and a lot of fun. My girlfriend, now wife, Dottie and I had a lot of fun with him going out together. RIP Shipmate. We have the watch.

  • Lewisbrug
  • PA
Dennis said : Guest Report Dec 11, 2018 at 9:23 PM

Staff members at the Casino Queen send their prayers and thoughts to the family. He was a very joyous person. Jose will be deeply missed.

  • East St. Louis
  • IL
Curtis Paul Lawson said : Guest Report Dec 10, 2018 at 8:09 PM

Joe and I were elementary school classmates in Marissa for a short time in the 1970s. Many from our MHS class of 1980 remember him with great fondness though the family did not live there very long. So we are truly sad. My prayers uplifted for the family.

  • Montgomery
  • TX
Conor Kendrick said : Guest Report Dec 10, 2018 at 4:49 PM

Jose always had a smile on his face and was always up for a conversation at work. He will be missed by his friends at the Arch. Rest In Peace Jose.

  • Glen Carbon
  • Illinois
Scott C. said : Guest Report Dec 10, 2018 at 4:19 PM

On behalf of the employees at the Gateway Arch National Park you have our condolences... Jose was a valued former employee and veteran. God Speed.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Pete said : Guest Report Dec 10, 2018 at 3:03 PM

God bless Jose.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Janie lockhar said : Guest Report Dec 10, 2018 at 2:35 PM

I truly loved Joey, he is my best friend. I met Joey, 2 years again and it has been a sweet relationship. I can’t say Enough about him, I miss him so dearly. Love you always

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Luvelino Torres said : Guest Report Dec 10, 2018 at 12:29 AM

Our condolences to the Bagarinao family. You are missed, Joey. We love you. Pa2x Billy, children and grandchildren.

  • Dumaguete
  • Philippines
Sarah said : Guest Report Dec 09, 2018 at 5:01 PM

I never got the opportunity to meet Joey but I know how happy he made my Aunt Eleanor. He will be missed.

  • Chicago
  • Illinois
Anita McGhee said : Guest Report Dec 09, 2018 at 2:02 AM

To Joey's family, you have our sincerest sympathy for this overwhelming loss. Joey brought unlimited love and joy to our sister (Eleanor). Many lives are now changed forever. He will always be remembered. The McGhee Family

  • Chicago
  • Illinois

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