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Joseph Wilfred McMahon, 75, of Great Falls, a retired mortgage processor and U.S. Air Force veteran, died of natural causes Monday, Feb. 11, at a local care facility.

At his request, no services are planned. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Joseph was born Sept. 2, 1937, in Philadelphia. He graduated from North Catholic High School in Philadelphia. He graduated from the University of Great Falls with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He was in the Drum and Bugle Corps VFW 2819 until the age of 21. He was employed at the Snellenberg Department Store in the receiving department from 1956 to 1960.

He married Colette "Cookie" in Philadelphia in 1971.

He served in the US Air Force from 1960 to 1980, where he served two tours in England. He also served in Morocco and in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968 during the Tet Offensive.

After retiring from the Air Force, he worked at the bus depot for five years. He then worked at Circle K at night while going to UGF, where he received his bachelor's degree in business administration. He worked with Citi Group for 15 years and volunteered at Benefis for 4 1/2 years.

Joseph was a lifetime member of the VFW and on the neighborhood council for two years.

He was an avid history reader and loved fishing, camping, and traveling. He was an avid hockey fan of the Great Falls Americans and the Philadelphia Flyers. He had dream vacations come true by traveling to Alaska, Hawaii and the Winter Olympics in 2010. His favorite pasttime was camping with his grandkids, Bridger and Bryson, and traveling the Montana Dinosaur Trail.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Colette "Cookie" McMahon of Great Falls; his sons, Patrick (Dawn) Shawn of Vista, Calif., and Andrew (Jenny) Kevin of Spokane Valley, Wash.; a sister Marg Oeschle of Levittown, Penn.; and two grandsons.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Mildred; his father, Wilfred; and his brother, Ron.

Memorials are suggested to Meals on Wheels, 1620 12th Ave. N., Great Falls, MT 59401, and Make a Wish Foundation, PO Box 52435, Phoenix, AZ 85072-2435.

Condolences may be posted online at www.schniderfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Feb. 13, 2013
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