John Bailliere Joseph
1961 - 2016
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John Bailliere Joseph


John Bailliere Joseph, age 55, of Waukee, Iowa passed away peacefully surrounded by family on December 13, 2016. There will be a visitation from 5-8 pm on Saturday, December 17, 2016 with a time for sharing at 7 pm at Hamilton's on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines, Iowa.

John was born in Des Moines, Iowa to Burton Jr. and Mary Lee Joseph on January 21, 1961. He graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1978, from there attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Drake University in 1985. In 1983, John joined the family business, Josephs Jewelers. He was an active member of the American Gem Society where he earned his degree of Registered Jeweler. His passion for colored stones lead him to many great travels and Jewelry Shows around the world. He was a business leader who cared about the well-being of his employees and truly viewed them as extended family.

On October 3, 1998, John was united in marriage to Debra Stellinga at Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was a loving husband, caring father and grandfather, business partner, uncle, mentor and a friend to many.

John's love of music and playing guitar was a large part of his life until the very end.

He will be greatly missed especially his unique sense of humor. It always made you think and you couldn't help but laugh. His passing leaves a vacant spot in many hearts.

Continuing to cherish his memory are his wife, Debra; children, Tricia (Aaron) Peden of Bothell, Washington, Jennifer Joseph of West Des Moines, James and Ryan Joseph of Waukee; grandson, Ulysses Peden; siblings, Carol (Tom Marshall) Joseph and Toby (Becky) Joseph of West Des Moines; nieces, Sarah Marshall and Trisha (Colby Gardner) Joseph of West Des Moines; nephews, BJ (Sable) and Jake (Erin) Joseph of West Des Moines; and his great-nephews and nieces. John was preceded in death by his parents; and uncle, Bill Joseph.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Blank Park Zoo.

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Published in the Des Moines Register from Dec. 16 to Dec. 18, 2016.
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April 25, 2018
Deb, It was great to talk to you today. I am so sorry for your loss. Hope to see and hug you next time I am in town. Thank you for all the Joseph family has done for me.
Kathy Flanagan Garton
Winter Haven, Fl. 33881
December 20, 2016
Missing you my old friend. Until we see each other again may God bless us all on our journey.
Betty Erickson
December 19, 2016
To Deb & Family - Wishing you peace. I will so cherish those memories of joking around in the store. Such a funny man. Such a great man. What a great loss.
Jacque June Stone
December 17, 2016
Thank you for your many years of support, friendship and humor. My days at Joseph's brought me joy.
Angela Ayala
December 17, 2016
My dearest friend John, you will be missed by so many whose lives you enriched by your generosity, sense of humor and friendship. You were a wonderful husband, dad and grandfather and cherished your entire family. A business leader and pillar of your community. My heart aches because of how much I will miss you. Prayers of love, peace and healing to the entire Joseph family. Our thoughts and love are with you now and always. The Tippery Family
Mark Tippery
December 17, 2016
Dear Toby and the Joseph Family,

My deepest sympathy to you and your family in the passing of your brother; our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Nabil and Judy Chamat
Judy Chamat
December 17, 2016
Deb and family,
So sorry to hear about John's passing. He was a great person! Thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time.

Lindsay Hartshorn
December 16, 2016
Deb and family,

We were so sorry to hear of John's passing. We are praying for you.

Tim and Darcy Stanley
December 16, 2016
I am so sorry for the loss of John. My prayers and sympathy go with you.
Dawn Taylor
December 16, 2016
To Deb and family. We are so sorry to hear the passing of John you are all in our prayers
Dave & Barb Moser
December 16, 2016
I was so sorry to hear the sad news of Johns' passing. John was always so pleasant and helpful. Godspeed John
The Wieslander family
janice wieslander
December 16, 2016
Dear John:

It is the time of year when you would always wear a different tie to mark the days of December. I will always be grateful for your wicked wit and assessment of the world. It was always great fun to converse with you on so many subjects. You were a romantic and a poet and I know that you loved your family more than anything. I thank you for being you and for making us laugh and for the time you were wearing a tie that I said I must have and you gave it to me. You are a swell soul and gave the world a tug with humor and love.
Stuart & Carol Broms
December 16, 2016
Toby, Becky, BJ, Trisha, & Jake - Growing up with your family were some of the fondest memories of my life. My condolences to you during this difficult time.
Eric Machholz
December 16, 2016

Deb, Sons, Rosemary and Sandy: I am so sorry to hear about John, I remember telling him at Bob and Linda's house one time how blessed he was to have Rosemary for his Mother in law, know over the years he agreed with me. You all are such special friends, will be praying God's comfort for each of you. Ruth Caswell
December 16, 2016
John was a good man, friend and businessman. We have a lot of great memories of our times with him. Rest in peace , my friend
wendell and Vickie Holder
December 16, 2016
To our beloved TRHS classmate. Too young, too soon. God speed, John.
Karen Mitchell
December 16, 2016
We enjoyed John so much and seeing h im in Florida a couple times when he was in Marco with Deb . Condolences to all the family. We miss you all and
sincerely appreciate the Joseph Family while Ruth was working there--a lot of great memories . A part of my life!

God bless.

Ruth & Dean Schuler
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