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Joseph L. Foell

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Joseph L. Foell

Joseph L. Foell, 92, of Springfield, MO went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Missouri Veterans Home - Mt. Vernon, MO. He was born May 27, 1921 to Joseph and Ruby (Wooden) Foell in Fort Benning, GA.

Joe enlisted in the Army Air Corps and proudly served his country during World War II from 1941 to 1945. He was a radio operator on a C-47 cargo/paratrooper plane and flew missions during many campaigns, including: North Africa, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Normandy, Northern France, and Rhineland. Joe was awarded many medals during his service including 7 bronze stars and the medal for Good Conduct.

Joseph was united in marriage to Lois G. Maples on August 11, 1949. He was a firefighter for the city of Springfield for 29 years and achieved the rank of Captain. He also enjoyed woodworking/carpentry, gardening, and after retirement, spending time with his grandchildren. He was a very active member of Broadway United Methodist Church, serving on the Board of Trustees and teaching Sunday School for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Joel Foell; and infant son, James Foell. Survivors include his wife, Lois; children, Arthur Foell (Debbie) of Springfield, MO; Karen Stiles (Randy) of Apex, NC; Kathy McIntyre (Jay) of Springfield, MO; one brother, George "Bud" Foell (Shirley) of Republic, MO; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM at Walnut Lawn Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Friday, February 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at 1:00 PM at Missouri Veterans Cemetery. Final arrangements have been entrusted to Walnut Lawn Funeral Home, Ltd. DeGraffenreid- Wood Crematory. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the - Greater Missouri Chapter, 1630 W. Elfindale, Spfld, MO 65807.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Monte Maska and the staff of The Arbors at Lakewood Assisted Living. We extend sincere thanks to the staff of the Missouri Veterans Home - Mt. Vernon and Hospice Compassus for their loving and compassionate care of our dad.

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Published in the News-Leader on Feb. 12, 2014
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