Joseph "Joe" Edward Wirsching passed away at the age of 89 in his home in Portland, Texas. |
Joe was born in Tulsa, Okla., Nov. 15, 1926, to Joseph John and Dana Wirsching.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Ruth Wirsching, and his oldest daughter Patricia Kreher.
He is survived by his son, Joe John Wirsching of Snyder Texas; daughter, Sarah O'Brien and husband Paul of Corpus Christi, Texas; daughter, Jane Wirsching of Portland, Texas; grandchildren, Charles and Jenna Kreher of New Orleans La., Elizabeth and Greg Wagner of Hillsborough, N.J., David Kreher of Snyder, Texas, Shelby and Kaley O'Brien of Corpus Christi, and Avery and Allie Wirsching of Portland Texas; great-grandchildren, Abigail and Emily Wagner of Hillsborough, N.J., and Alys Kreher of Snyder, Texas (mom Priscilla and brother Ayden).
Joe's father passed away when he was eight years old, leaving him as the man of the family for his mother and seven-year-old sister. He began taking care of others at that time, and continued to do so until his death. He put himself through Texas A&M University, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1948. He was a great husband and father, and the best grandfather there could possibly be. He was proud of all of his grandchildren, supporting every activity they engaged in, including wrestling, football, field hockey, volleyball, softball, basketball, powerlifting, golf, dance, cheerleading, band, science fairs, and anything else his precious grandkids got into. He served on the school board in New Orleans, and was president of many oilfield-related groups. He retired from Exxon (Humble Oil) after 32 years, and started a second career with HNG, bringing him to Portland Texas.
He was a proud member and avid supporter of First Christian Church in Corpus Christi and he loved cheering on the Hooks baseball team. His never-ending dry sense of humor and mischievous grin will be missed by many.
In lieu of flowers donations are requested to the First Christian Church Permanent Endowment Fund in Joe's honor, care of First Christian Church, 3401 Santa Fe, Corpus Christi, Texas, 78411
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the Limbaugh Funeral Home in Portland. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 24, 2016, at the First Christian Church, 3401 Santa Fe, Corpus Christi, Texas. He will be laid to rest next to his wife Ruth and his daughter, Patricia, at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Trinity Memorial Park in Big Spring, Texas.
Arrangements are entrusted to Limbaugh Funeral Home, 500 Wildcat Dr., Portland, Texas 78374 (361) 643-6564 www.limbaughfuneralhome.com
Published in Big Spring Herald on June 23, 2016