Gerald E. Joseph, 92, of Glen Carbon, Ill., was born Oct. 18, 1921, in Montpelier, Ohio, and grew up in Decatur, Ill., passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014, while a resident of Meridian Village Assisted Living in Glen Carbon, Ill.
Gerald was part of the Greatest Generation as an Air Force veteran of World War II. During that time he was stationed at a number of locations to include Alabama, Texas, and Nebraska. He then deployed to Guam until the end of the war. Returning home he worked with his father running the family business. Following his father's death three years later, Gerald returned to the Air Force at Chanute AFB, Ill., first on active duty, then as a maintenance instructor in civil service. He lived and worked in Rantoul, Ill., for more than 26 years. During this time he became active in the Boy Scouts of America at both the troop/post level and the council level. Due to his years of leadership and dedication, he was recognized and awarded the Silver Beaver Award, one of scouting's highest adult awards. On retirement, Gerald moved to Cadiz, Ky., and became active in the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Subsequently, he and his wife moved to Murray, Ky., Indianapolis, Ind., O'Fallon, Ill., and finally to Glen Carbon, Ill.
Gerald was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Mary Alice, nee McKown, Joseph; his parents; Leo Joseph and Angie, nee Dodson, Joseph Voland; and a brother; Garland L. Joseph, lost in World War II; and Ross Faris, his son in law.
Surviving are his son, Retired Col. Alan L. (Nancy) Joseph of O'Fallon, Ill.; daughter, Sherry A. Faris of Indianapolis, Ind.; three grandchildren, Michele (Kevin) Turner of Indianapolis, Ind., Cynthia (Wayne) Ray of Carrolton, Texas and Andrew (Holly) Joseph of O'Fallon, Ill.; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Meridian Village, 27 Auerbach Place, Glen Carbon, Ill. 62034, or Hospice of Southern Illinois, 305 South Illinois Street, Belleville, Ill. 62220. Online condolences can be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.
Funeral: A private graveside service and burial will be held at Graceland Cemetery, Decatur, Ill.
SCHILDKNECHT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, O'Fallon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 12, 2014