Francis Joseph
1942 - 2021
Pathway Memorial Funeral Home
411 Union Ave
Moberly, MO
Francis Joseph
October 3, 1942 - October 13, 2021
Cairo, Missouri - Francis Ervin Joseph, Cairo, MO passed away unexpectedly at his home on the farm on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. He was born on October 3, 1942 to the late Ervin and Theresia (nee Helldoerfer) Joseph, Lebanon, IL. He married the love of his life, Joan Marie Roth, on November 26, 1964, at the Cathedral of Saint Peter Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Family, farming and being a good steward of the earth was everything to him.
He started in a one room schoolhouse in Lebanon--Richwood School and graduated from Cathedral High School, Belleville. He wanted to fly with the Air Force but because of bad sight, he joined the Air Force Reserves, where he served as a firefighter at Scott Air Force Base, Mascoutah, IL. He was also a tractor mechanic at Pier's Machine Shop in Lebanon and operated a bulldozer for Gene Meininger's excavating business.
When his dad retired from the small 70 acre family farm in Lebanon, Francis took it over while also working the night shift at Granite City Steel Mill for 10 years. He loved a hard day's work but on Saturday nights he could be found with his cousins at the local clubs, dancing the night away. One of his favorite memories was seeing Ike and Tina Turner perform at the Benld Coliseum.
When his children were very young, he became caretaker of Horner Park and St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, both down the road from the farm. Wanting to start farming fulltime, he made the hard decision to move the family to Cairo, MO in January 1977. The Missouri Roth cousins were more than welcoming to the family. Besides diversified crops, he and the family raised mainly cattle and hogs with some chickens, ducks, rabbits and turkeys "for something different". Early mornings and afternoons were devoted to being a St. Pius X School bus driver for many years and he enjoyed entertaining the kids with his famous animal noises. He also served on the Randolph County 4-H Board and was Treasurer of the Randolph County Pork Producers. He was an avid hunter and fisherman when he was younger. While Multiple Sclerosis slowed his body down later in life, it didn't slow his mind at all. He liked to "direct" the farming, acted as the family weatherman and stayed up to date on world events. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and the Dallas Cowboys.
Preceding him in death was his sister Rita Miller; "out-laws" Henry and Josephine (nee Toenjes) Roth and Sarah Krukowski Roth; brothers-in-law Stanley, John, James and Terry Roth, and Michael Hasenstab.
His surviving family includes his wife Joan; 7 children: Tony (Giovanna) Joseph, Macon; Julie (David) Lyons, Atlanta, GA; Bill Joseph, Cairo; Tim (Stacey) Joseph, Freeport, IL; Chris Joseph, Cairo; Carrie (Jason) Scales, Cleveland, OH; and Emily (Jason) Alexander, Madison. He has 20 beautiful grandchildren whom he loved visiting with: Kathleen (Shawn) Watson, Stephanie, Matthew and Abbey Joseph, Bony Joseph; Adele and Andrew Lyons; Kyle (Lauren Kelly) Joseph, Shelby (Kaleb) Borghardt; Jake, Owen and Marley Joseph; Martina, Loretta, Henry and George Joseph; Morgan, Claire and Madison Scales; Emma Alexander. He has 2 great granddaughters that he was THRILLED to welcome this year: Freya Watson and Jaclyn Joseph.
Also surviving is his sister Elizabeth (Michael) Del Monico, Colorado Springs, CO; brothers-in-law Bill (Bev) Miller, Penrose, CO, Richard Roth, Tubac, AZ, and Dennis (Eileen) Roth, St. Louis; sisters-in-law Cheryl Hasenstab, St. Louis, Marsha Roth, Belleville, and Diana Roth, Grand Rapids, MI; numerous dear cousins, nieces, nephews and good friends, all of whom he loved sharing one of his many farm stories or famous expressions with.
Visitation will be held from 4pm-7pm Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Pathway Memorial Funeral Home, Moberly, MO. Mass and burial will begin at 10:30am Monday, October 18th at St. Pius X Church, Moberly, MO. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to: Multiple Sclerosis Institute, 1 Hospital Dr. Columbia, MO 65201; St. Pius X Church, Moberly, MO; or Neighborly Community 4-H Club, Cairo, MO.

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My condolences to the family. Great childhood memories visiting the farm.
Michael Frank
October 15, 2021
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