Alexzander Anthony Ortiz, 3

Alexzander Anthony Ortiz, 3, was born on March 6, 2015, at 11:04 a.m. at Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance, to Oziel and Cecelia. 

Little to anyone’s knowledge he would be brought into this world fighting from the very beginning.  Zander was born with a big heart and would receive a heart transplant at 8 months old on Nov. 14, 2015.  From then on Zander would grow to be a beautiful, energetic, sweet boy.  He had many battles he would fight during his time here.  Enduring may procedures and appointments, everything he went through he did with such grace and a huge dimpled smile on his face.

Zander absolutely loved his family.  He and his older brother, Ozzi, were like peanut butter and jelly, the best of friends.  They loved to play together.  Zander loved balls and bubbles and kitties.  Just being with family brought him great joy.  In July of 2018 Zander got sick with a graphed failure of his heart.  He would face a great battle against time on a waiting list for a new heart.  Zander ran out of time on Dec.24, 2018, at 10:05 a.m. at Children’s Hospital in Omaha.  Zander will always be remembered as a great warrior.

He is survived by his parents, brother Ozzi, grandmothers Janice Flye and Iliana Reyes Soriano all of Alliance, and aunts and uncles Marco Gonzalez, Alex Gonzalez, Joe Boerschig, Roy Hanks, Eduardo Guerrero, Rubi Guerrero, J.P. Guerrero and Erika Ortiz.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at Calvary Assembly of God Church in Alliance, with Pastor Jim Settles officiating.  The family will designate a memorial at a later date.  Memorials may be sent in care of the family to H-15 Trailerville, Alliance, NE  69301.

Online condolences may be left at with Bates-Gould Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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