Joe Fuller Grable Jr.
1940 - 2020
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Joe Fuller Grable, Jr

Belfair - Joe Fuller Grable, Jr., 79, of Belfair, WA, passed to his eternal home with Jesus Christ on April 25, 2020. Welcoming him home were his father, Colonel Joe F. Grable (USAF, retired), mother Emalou and brother Paul. Joe passed at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor after a valiant battle with COVID-19. He was born on the Fourth of July, 1940, in Tampa, FL. He attended Carnegie Tech, graduated from the US Naval Academy and was commissioned as a US Navy officer in 1964. He graduated from MIT with a Master's in Naval Architecture and was selected for Nuclear Power School. A proud Submariner and UDT diver, he later served as a distinguished nuclear engineer and Branch Chief while a US Navy Civil Servant at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard until his retirement after 43 years of Federal service. Joe also served for many years at North Mason Bible Church and was a committed leader at Bible Study Fellowship International for over 40 years.

Joe fell in love with Martha Ann Grable and was married to her for 55 amazing years. Joe treasured his family and he loved the outdoors. With Ann and their two boys, he hiked the alpine trails of the Pacific Northwest, sailed on both coasts of North America, cycle-toured and camped around the world, and canoed nearby lakes and rivers. Joe is survived by his beloved Ann; a son Joe and wife Karen; a son Sam and wife Jennifer; his sisters Emalou, Linda, and Margaret; seven grandchildren: Joe Jr, Elizabeth, Laura, Katherine, Abigail, Sam Jr, and Quinn; and two great-grandchildren, Emma and Edward.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

"Good night, sweet prince."

Joe's interment was May 1, 2020 at Tahoma National Cemetery. His family will schedule a full celebration of life after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Samaritan's Purse

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Published in Kitsap Sun from May 5 to May 7, 2020.
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May 17, 2020
Very sorry to hear about Joe, as I have meet him only on a professional basis but always enjoyed his stories and life perspective. I learned more of his remarkable life in the obit: certainly a life will lived.
Paul Aufderheide
May 16, 2020
We met Joe and Ann 9 years ago through North Mason Bible Church and we had the same love of dogs. Joe and Ann have a border collie, Laddie, and we have a mixed border collie, Camber. We loved to talk about our dogs. Joe had a love for pecan rolls and every year when we went to Florida to see friends we would bring some back. We will miss Joe's gentle nature and the sweet way he would hold Ann's hand. We will see you again Joe when we are with our Lord in heaven
Mal and Barbara Thomson
May 8, 2020
We did not know Joe personally, just through our loving and caring sister in law (Margaret, Joe' sister). Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family as they are going through this most difficult time.
May 8, 2020
Joe and Ann have been great nieghbors for over 30 years. What a great contribution he made to our world. When I hear, "and these two shall become one," I think of Joe and Ann. What a wonderful Godly caring couple who have raised their boys to be the same. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Our loss is heaven's gain.
Thelma Moyed
May 7, 2020
Joe always had a special place in our hearts and in BSF
Admiral Joe is a man of compassion, strength, resolve, and faith. He is an 'expert' in homiletics, and was affectionately known for bringing his candelabra to his men's fellowships!
He taught me many things during his many years involved in Bible Study Fellowship, and we all enjoyed his presence on those Saturday mornings every week.
We will miss you brother Joe, and look forward to being back in the circle with you again!
Russ Key - BSF Bremerton, WA
May 6, 2020
I worked for Allen Shearer for many years, Joe was a favorite customer. Even after my years at Shearer, I loved running into Joe in town. Always brought a smile to my face. So terribly sorry for your loss..... much love to you and yours ❤
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