Joseph William Funk, age 87, of Springfield, was fully reunited with God on July 8, 2013. He lived his life faithfully following his Creator's instructions to love his neighbor as himself. His many acts of kindness to family, friends and complete strangers are remembered by all who knew him.
He was a member of the Springfield Masonic Lodge #50 F.&A.M. and the American Legion. A Navy veteran of World War II
, he served as an electrician's mate on a LSM in the Pacific theater. After the war he returned to farming and later worked at General Electric for 32 years. Upon his retirement from GE, he took up woodworking as a hobby. In this endeavor, as in all his others, he blessed as many people as he could. He built furniture for his children's homes, distributed handcrafted gifts to friends, and freely donated many hours of carpentry work to the needs of the community. The Nativity scene used each year at the Springfield Baptist Church is one of his creations.
He was born on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 1926 to John and Edith Smith Funk and on Jan. 9, 1950 he married Ann Cloteal O'Daniel. They had three children, John (Linda Turner) of Elizabethtown, Peggy (Bruce Rady) of Chicago and Harriet Ann (Charles Monin) of Lebanon. He considered his wife and family his greatest blessings.
He is survived by his wife; his children and their spouses; his sister, Anne Hale-Romano of Lexington; nine grandchildren, Joseph and Megan Funk, Ben (Jenny Kauffman), Brian and Brad Rady, Leigh Anne (Travis Mattingly), Emily (Daniel Ashworth) and Ken (Sunnie Yates) Monin, and Jon Eric Paprskar; and six great-grandchildren.
His life was celebrated at a funeral Mass on Saturday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Dominic's Church with Rev. Culpepper Elliott, the church pastor, officiating. Burial was in St. Rose Cemetery.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were members of the Pal's Sunday School Class at Springfield Baptist Church, Bob Walker, John Edward Keeling, Leo Keeling, Bobby Hodgens, Leonard Mattingly, Paul Howard, John Hardin, William Edgar Hardin, Dick Ward, Paul Cubine, Melvin Settles and Mitchell Reynolds.
Anyone wishing to honor his memory is invited to make a donation to St. Dominic's School or to the Springfield Baptist Church Building Fund.
Carey & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.