Rev. Jose Valencia, Jr.

Obituary of Rev. Jose L. Valencia, Jr.

Rev. Jose L. Valencia, Jr. passed away on March 5, 2023. Born in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines on Nov 28, 1930. He was predeceased by his parents, Bishop Jose L. and Manuela Lardizabal Valencia, Sr. and also by his beloved wife, Nan Scovell Valencia, his wife of 22 years. He is survived by his son, Jose Loren and daughter, Melanie Laine. Other survivors include his sister, Rey Florence Schuman, 2 grandchildren, one great grandchild, several cousins, nieces and nephews, his first wife, Marcell Wiseman Valencia and his current wife, Patricia DeBlieck Valencia. Survivors from Nan's family include daughter Cathy Pease, and sons Craig (Sue) and Brad (Jeannie) Scoville and their children and grandchildren. Survivors from Patricia's family include her daughters Tammy (Stephen) Kapral and Laurie (Larry) Farr, and son Garrett DeBlieck and their children. Rev. Valencia knew no strangers. He was always ready with a joke or a kind word for any encounter and offered prayers or benediction at the beginning or end of meetings and events. Rev. Valencia served in the active ministry of the United Methodist Church for 38 years, as pastor in Edmonton, NY, Windsor, NY, High Street, Binghamton, NY, associate pastor of Elm Park UMC, Scranton, PA, and retired after serving for 17 years as senior Pastor of the Endwell United Methodist Church in Endwell, NY where he was Pastor Emeritus. Rev. Valencia was involved in the Masonic Fraternity. He served as Master and Secretary of Round Hill Lodge #533, Endicott, NY and was honored with Mason of the Year. He was elected presiding officer of the following concordant Bodies of Freemasonry: Western Broome Chapter #332 (Royal Arch Masons), Ahwaga Council #30 (Cryptic Masons), Christian Conclave Red Cross of Constantine and Southern Tier York Rite College. He and Nan served as Worthy Royal Patron and Worthy Royal Matron, Queen May Court #104, Order of the Amaranth as well as Round Hill Chapter #106, Order of the Eastern Star and District Grand Lecturer, Broome-Chenango District, Order of the Eastern Star and President of the District Officers. For several years, he served as New York State Grand Chaplain of the Grand Chapter (Royal Arch Masons), Grand Commandery, Grand Council (Cryptic Masons), and Grand Lodge. Rev. Valencia was coronated a 33rd Degree by the Northern Jurisdiction of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Masons in ceremonies held in Washington, DC. In all things, Rev. Valencia dedicated his labors to the glory of God in Whom we live and move and have our being. Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter now into the joy of your Lord and Savior. A Memorial Service for Jose will be held Friday, March 10, 2023 at 10 AM at the Endwell United Methodist Church, 3301 Watson Blvd., Endwell. The Rev. Mark Kimpland will officiate. Burial will be in Vestal Hills Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church Thursday from 5-7 PM.
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