Joe T. Dees, 85, of Farmington, went home to his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Joe was known as the local "Culligan Man." He was born Oct. 4, 1928, in Paducah, Texas, to William and Josephine Dees.
In 1950, he met Bonnie Jones in Arizona. It was love at first sight and they married nine days later. Joe moved to Aztec in 1954 with his wife and two-year-old daughter. By 1961 they had a total of four girls and a boy. "Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them (children)." Psalm 127:5.
He owned and operated the Farmington Culligan franchise for 43 years. He was a past member of the Lions Club and the Elks Club. He was a longtime member of the Eastside Church of Christ.
Joe was preceded in death by his father and mother; two brothers, three sisters and two sons-in-law. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Dees; his loving children, Debra Yeager of Farmington, Gayl Falconer of Tulsa, Okla., Kathy Dees of Farmington, Cherie Swarts of Farmington and Bill (Kellie) Dees of Aztec; his brothers, Harold Dees of Tucson, Ariz., Milan Dees of Redlands, Calif., Earl Dees of Douglas, Ariz.; his sister, Marylois Mortenson of Silver City; seven grandchildren, Jennifer (Kevin) Wedemeyer, Kellie Arnold, Jeremy (Leslie) Swarts, Justin (Christine) Swarts, Nickie Velasquez, Jessie (Zac) DeHerrera, Krista (Alex) Reibli; 16 great-grandchildren, Makenzie, Kylan, Devin, Paige, Brooke, Nathan, Matthew, Tyler, Riley, Cameron, Lane, Jacob, Devin, Rickie, Ryker and Zoey.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, also at brewer, Lee and Larkin. Interment will take place in Memory Gardens, with a reception to follow at Eastside Church of Christ, 2012 Huntzinger Ave. in Farmington.
Pallbearers are Jeremy Swarts, Nathan Swarts, Justin Swarts, Cameron Swarts, Alex Riebli, Bill Dees, Jacob Arenas and Robin Schmittel.
Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Dees, Milan Dees, Earl Dees, Zac DeHerrera, Matthew Swarts, Devin Carmona, Kylan Wedemeyer and Devin Arnold.
The family would like to extend a very special thank you to Home Helpers, especially, Amanda King and to NW New Mexico Hospice (PMS), especially Verna Tsingine, for all their loving care and attention to Joe.
Joe's care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.
Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home
103 East Ute Street Farmington, NM 87401
Published in Farmington Daily Times from May 15 to May 23, 2014