Jerry Joseph - July 18, 2012

Jerry Joseph, 84, formerly of Hampton, died Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at the Good Samaritan in Wood River.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, July 21, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hampton. Rev. Loren Cooper will officiate. Burial will be in the Hampton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora.
Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at
Gerhard ‘Jerry’ Edward Joseph, son of Albert and Marie (Rhode) Joseph, was born at home on the farm near Hampton on Aug. 30, 1927.
Jerry attended school in Hampton and graduated from Hampton High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from September 1950 until being honorably discharged in July 1954.
Jerry was united in marriage to Norma Brauer on April 23, 1954 in Kansas City, Kan. at Grace Lutheran Church several months before leaving the Navy. They farmed north of Hampton their married life.
Jerry was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church where, he had served as an elder and Sunday School teacher. He enjoyed gardening and fishing. Jerry was also known for his entertaining one-liners.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Arnold and Rueben Joseph; and two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Joseph Klute and Dorothy Joseph.
Survivors include his wife, Norma of Grand Island; four children, James (Kathleen) Joseph of Mesa, Ariz., Charles (LeeAnn) Joseph of Grand Island, Barbara (Neal) Krieg of Shawnee, Kan. and Debra (Donald) Proskocil of Ord; 10 grandchildren, Elizabeth (Brian) Wohlers, Timothy (Starr) Joseph, Matthew Krieg, Amanda Krieg, Nicolas Krieg, Nathan Joseph, Kevin Joseph, Sarah (Jeremy) Gorecki, Heather Proskocil and fiancé Austin Hendrickson and Daniel Proskocil and three great-grandchildren, twins, Andrew and Thomas Wohlers and Quinnlyn Gorecki. He is also survived by two brothers, Lawrence Joseph of Pueblo West, Colo. and Robert (Lillian) Joseph of Billings, Mont.; sister, Roberta (Delbert) Sackschewsky of Grand Island; sister-in-law, Arlene Joseph of Hampton and several nieces and nephews.

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