Anibal Ortiz, 88, of Deland, Florida passed away peacefully after long bouts of congestive heart failure on May 15, 2019.
Anibal was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and survived by his wife Carmen of almost 67 years, daughters Jenny (William) Brito and Kay (Dr. Robert) Cordero, grandchildren Melanie Kaye and Christian William Brito, Victoria Rose, Olivia Joy, and Alexia Jennifer Cordero, and many loving sisters-in-law, brothers-in law, nephews, nieces and extended family and friends. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.
Anibal volunteered and served two years with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict with great pride. His love for his country and passion for traveling inspired him to drive to and visit 46 of the 50 states. He proudly accumulated over 1 million miles driving as a NYC yellow taxi medallion owner throughout his career. He enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family. He was known for living honorably, being a hard worker and having a kind and compassionate spirit. He will always be remembered by his infectious smile and gentle nature.
A visitation will be held at Lankford Funeral Home & Crematory, 220 E. New York Avenue, Deland, Florida on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 1st Assembly Deland on Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and burial on May 24, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.