Joe Richard Popejoy January 31, 1947 - June 12, 2012 Joe a.k.a Daddy, Pops, Uncle Joe, Grandpa, and Papa Joe, was born in Canadian, Oklahoma to Tom and Ruth Popejoy who moved the family to Bakersfield when Joe was 3 years old. Joe attended Arvin High School where he wrestled, played football and formed lifelong friendships. After graduating in 1965, Joe joined the Marine Corps and proudly served through 1970, including one tour in Vietnam from '68-'69. He married the love of his life Brenda in 1969, only 14 days after returning from the war. They had two beautiful children, Eric and Lacey. For 36 years, Joe took pride in his work at the National Cement Plant. As was his way, he formed friendships that continued throughout his life. Joe never met a stranger, greeting everyone with a hug and a kiss for the ladies. He had an infectious smile under his handlebar mustache that could light up a room. He was a loyal Nascar follower, and loved camping out at the Drags with the guys. During Christmas, he was known as the "Bicycle Angel" raising money and donating bicycles to underprivileged children. His most recent hobbies were the game of disc golf and restoring his 1969 Dodge Charger, almost seeing it through to completion. Joe's greatest joy was spending time with family and friends; he lived a life of love. Joe was preceded in death by his parents and survived by his wife of 43 years Brenda, sister Renee McQueen (Don), brother Jerald (Dena), children Eric (Charlotte), Lacey West (David), grandchildren Britney and fiance Ryan, Tristyn, Sydnee, Tamryn, Trinity, great granddaughter Karsyn, as well as his other 4 legged children JD and Baby. He leaves behind too many family friends, adventures, and practical jokes to count. We will all miss you soooo much but the love you provided will carry us through. Services will be held Tuesday, June 19, 9:00 a.m. at Basham Funeral Home followed by a burial service at the National Cemetery at 12:30pm. Reception to follow. www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on June 16, 2012