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Joe Calvin Prosser

81, of Cape Coral, Florida and Columbus, Indiana left his earthly life August 23, 2012 after a determined battle with small cell lung cancer. Joe was a non-smoker his entire life. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Joan LaValle Beck Prosser; sons, Jon (Tamara), James (Lori) and daughter, Jana Hall (Michael); brother Phillip (Pat); 10 grandchildren, Cassandra Stumph (Robert), Beth Sutherlin (Matthew), Rachel, Jessica Hall, Rebecca, Kevin (Alexandra), Zachary, Emily, Aaron Hall and Madison; great-grandchild Gabriel Joseph Stumph; nieces Michele Speas (Lonnie), Sarah Prosser (Sean Greene) and Andrea Graff (Jason); special family, Tracy, Brian, Nicholas and Katherine Mann

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan and Rachel Prosser, and brother, David.

Joe was born at home January 6, 1931 in Crawfordsville, Indiana. While still a youngster, his family moved to Ladoga, IN.

Upon graduation from Ladoga High School in 1949, Joe and a high school friend traveled around the country, working odd jobs to support themselves. It was on this trip, and while in Southern California, that Joe met the love of his life and future wife, Joan. After a long distance courtship, they were married in Ladoga, IN on June 30, 1951.

Joe attended General Motors Institute obtaining a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree in 1954. Later that year, he reported to Officer Candidate School for the United States Navy, serving 1954 - 1958 on active duty with carrier based VF-23 retiring in 1974 from the United States Naval Reserve with the rank of Captain.

During his 41 year career with Allison Division of General Motors which began in 1949 as a co-op student, he held many positions including Master Mechanic and Director of Industrial Engineering for all Indianapolis Operations. His work experience also included being a process engineer for the Command Module and LEM fuel and oxidizer tanks during the Apollo project.

During his life he and Joan made many friends, especially after his retirement in 1990. After Joe retired, he and Joan spent their winters in Cape Coral, Florida and their summers on Grandview Lake near Columbus, Indiana. They also traveled the US and beyond to visit relatives and friends.

After turning 60, Joe taught himself to sail board and entered many races at Grandview Lake where he belonged to the GV Yacht Club. He was also an accomplished wood craftsman. During his life he made many fine pieces of furniture highlighted in his later years by fabricating over a dozen grandfather clocks of walnut, cherry and poplar woods.

Joe was a member of the Ladoga Presbyterian Church, the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Ladoga Lions Club, serving as President in 1973. In Florida, he was a member and served often as VP and President of the Gulf Shores GM Retired Executives Club. He and Joan were also active members of the Cape Coral Cruise Club.

The family would like to thank their friends from Grandview Lake and elsewhere for their devoted support during the past months of Joe's illness. The family would also like to thank the staff and volunteers of the Columbus Regional Hospital Cancer Center as well as Hospice of South Central Indiana, Inc for their support, care and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of South Central Indiana, Inc., 2626 E. 17th Street, Columbus, IN 47201

A calling will be held in Columbus, IN at Barkes, Weaver and Glick Funeral Home on Jonathan Moore Pike from 4-8 p.m. Monday. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday with calling 2 hours prior at Servies and Morgan Funeral Home in Ladoga, IN. The Reverend Ann Williams will officiate the service.

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Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Aug. 25, 2012
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