LANCASTER, Captain Joel R. USN (Ret.), 73, of Brandon, passed peacefully July 15, 2013, surrounded by family and friends. Joel was born in 1940 in Cullman, AL. Having a great thirst for knowledge, he received his BS from San Diego State University; earned his Master of Science and completed his PhD studies at the University of Tennessee and taught at Tennessee Tech University. Joel served his country in the United States Navy for 38 years. He had many adventures throughout his life, but considered the highlight of his career to be his time as the JIATF East Liaison Officer with the Dutch Military in Curacao NA. He was a member of the VFW, MOAA, the American Legion and served as President of the USS Samuel N. Moore Assoc. Preceded in death by his parents, John H. Lancaster and Bessie Mae Lancaster. Survived by his loving wife, Constance S. Lancaster; daughter, Cynthia (Jackie) Hembree; two sons, Tony Lancaster and Alex Lancaster; stepdaughter, Bonnie Bishop; stepson, Mark Bishop; granddaughter, Jennifer; stepgranddaughter, Marissa; two great- grandchildren; brother, James D. Lancaster; family & friends. Joel bravely battled cancer for two years. As he requested, there are no services and he will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Dr., Tampa, FL 33612. Words of comfort may be expressed at Florida Mortuary Funeral & Cremation Services (813)237-2900

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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on July 21, 2013