Joe J. Church, 95, of Swansea, IL; formerly of Marissa, IL; born on October 15, 1921 in Marissa, IL; passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at Sycamore Village in Swansea, IL.
Mr. Church was the owner and operator of Church and Hamilton Insurance Agency and the Marissa Building and Loan. He was a United States Army Air Corp Veteran serving as a navigator and bombardier during both World War II and the Korean War. He also spent 30 years in the Air Force Reserves obtaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was a member of the Marissa Rotary Club. Mr. Church was a lifelong and very active member of the First Baptist Church of Marissa. Joe and his wife Mary were avid Christian music enthusiasts and often attended Christian music programs. Joe was a humble man and a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents – Joe and Rose, nee Dlouhy, Church. His wife Mary, nee Been, Church whom he married on March 17, 1945 at Scott Air Force Base and who passed away on February 16, 2013. Also preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
He is survived by his son – David (Pati) Church of Swansea, IL. His grandsons – David (Jamie) Church of O’Fallon, IL; Jason (Demeka) Church of Franklin, TN. Five grandchildren – Jakob; Camden; Hudson; Greyson; Samantha.
The family would like to extend a very heartfelt expression of gratitude for the wonderful care, kindness and love that was provided to Joe by Sycamore Village and Vitas Hospice.
Condolences to the family may be expressed online at www.heilschuessler.com.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice.
Visitation: Friends may call at the First Baptist Church in Marissa, IL on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 9:00am to 10:30am.
Funeral: Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Marissa, IL on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 10:30am with Rev. Jim Wiens officiating.
Interment: Burial will be held in the Marissa Township Cemetery in Marissa, IL.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.