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Creator of Pepe’s Tamales dies

Jose "Pepe" Ignacio Reyes

The founder of Pepe’s Tamales restaurant, in El Paso, died, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Jose “Pepe” Reyes died Wednesday at the age of 77, according to his obituary.

Reyes opened Pepe’s Tamales in 1978 and ithas been popular in the community since.

“In January 1978, he ventured out to open Pepe's Tamales, which continues today,” the obituary states. “The family would like to thank all his loyal customers who made Pepe's Tamales an El Paso icon. He will be dearly missed by his entire family and the endless amounts of friends he deeply cherished.”

Reyes, who was born in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ofelia, and his five children and six grandchildren.

“The love for his family came first, especially his grandchildren who were the stars in his eyes,” the obituary states. “His strong and never ending work ethic and humility was reflected in his daily life, which he passed down to his children and grandchildren.”

Visitation for Reyes will be between 5 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, and a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Home-Carolina, 1060 N. Carolina Drive, the obituary states.

A Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Catholic Church, 7424 Mimosa Ave. He will be buried after the Mass at Mount Carmel Cemetery, 401 S. Zaragoza Road.

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