Alvin Joest

April 26, 0923 - July 19, 2008

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Obituary

Alvin Henry Joest, 85, of Wolcottville died Saturday, July 19, 2008, at 1:50 p.m. at his residence with his family at his side.

Mr. Joest graduated from the Univesity of Evansville with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. from 1945 to 1947 during World War II and from 1950 to 1951 during the Korean War. He retired after 35 years in retail sales with Sears Roebuck & Co. in Kendallville. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Wolcottville, the Wolcottville Lions Club, and the American Legion. He enjoyed reading, fishing, travel, and photography.

He was born April 26, 1923, in Evansville, Indiana, to Clarence Henry and Clothilde Mae (Mertes) Joest. On August 20, 1950, in Wolcottville he married Josephine Atwood.

Surviving are his wife, Josephine Joest of Wolcottville; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Bob Helmkamp of Sedona, Arizona; two sons and daughters-in-law, David A. and Nancy Joest of Fort Wayne and Brian and Patti Joest of Wolcottville; three grandsons, Rob Helmkamp, Brandon Joest, and Jackson Joest; two step grandchildren, Katie Marschand and Andy Marschand; and two step great grandsons, Aidan Marschand and Alix Marschand.

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 24, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Wolcottville with Pastor Keith Perry and Pastor Keith Davis officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Wolcottville. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Rome City American Legion Post 381 and Kendallville VFW Post 2749. Memorials are to Parkview Hospice, Wolcottville Lions Club, or the First Baptist Church, Wolcottville.

Casketbearers will be Bill Vanderpool, Phil Gallup, Steve Mossberg, James Gallup, Duane Targgart, and Mel Steed.

Calling will be Wednesday, July 23, 2008, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the church.

Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

Guest Book

King and Shirley Carman
August 14th, 2008 3:24pm
Darlington, SC

Jo and family, Both King and I are very sorry for your loss of your wonderful husband and father. Our prayers are with you. We are sorry we could not be with you for the visitation and funeral. Kathy Kitchen, Dick\\\\\\\'s daughter, let us know by e-mail but some of us older people do not read our e-mail as often as we should and I read it too late. Love, King and Shirley

August 14th, 2008 3:22pm

Jo and family, Both King and I are very sorry for your loss of your wonderful husband and father. Our prayers are with you. We are sorry we could not be with you for the visitation and funeral. Kathy Kitchen, Dick\'s daughter, let us know by e-mail but some of us older people do not read our e-mail as often as we should and I read it too late. Love, King and Shirley

Kathy Paradowski
July 29th, 2008 11:49pm
Racine, Wi.

Janey let us know about Al, but we were not home at the time. I know he has been sick for several years, and that it has been a long haul for the 2 of you, and your family too. Wish we could have been there to support you in person. We will certainly keep in touch. Kathy and Ray Paradowski

July 29th, 2008 10:03pm

Jo and Family, I was so saddened to hear of Al\'s passing, and even sadder that I wasn\'t able to make the visitation or funeral. I was having college finals, and it just wasn\'t possible. I sincerely apologize. Mother and Daddy always thought the world of both of you, and seeing Al at Daddy\'s visitation was so nice. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with all of you. I will always remember Al with extreme fondness, and I know that him and Daddy are up there remembering all of their good times at the store. Deb Hougland

Dennis Bobilya
July 23rd, 2008 9:05pm
Portsmouth, NH

Alís passing brings me sadness. Iíve haven\'t been able to see him much these past few years, since I now live in New Hampshire, but I miss him already. His son Brian is a best friend of mine, Iím proud to say. Brian and he are a lot alike. Alís passing brings many fond memories to mind. These include the many times he bailed us out of trouble. He helped prepare the foundation for many pleasant adventures for Brian and me, often with our other friends. Alís travels with his family were the seeds from which weíve harvested many a wild exploration. I wish I could be with you all in Wolcottville this day to wish him a fond farewell. Alís passing also brings to mind his stoic patience, his razor sharp wit, and his sardonic humor. He often made me smile. Al left his mark. He made us all a little better. I trust heíll be amply rewarded in the afterlife, where weíll see him next. Bon voyage, Bo

Debbie & Colin Snyder
July 23rd, 2008 11:04am
Kendallville

Patti, Brian, and all your family, we are very sorry for your loss and you are in our thoughts and prayers this week. It looks like Alvin was a wonderful person that touched alot of lives and you were so fortunate to have him. Take care and we will see you soon. Love, Debbie & Colin

Denny and Brenda DePrey
July 23rd, 2008 12:43am
Matthews, NC

Brian, Patti, and Joest family: We were so sorry to hear of Al\'s passing. He was a special person with a great demeanor and caring for everyone. He will leave a positive impact on all he came in contact with, particularly his family and friends.

Richard and Lucille Kitchen
July 22nd, 2008 1:34pm
Springfield, Mo. 65810

Jo and Family, Wish we could be with you. Al was a favorite cousin and friend. His goodness touched so many. We will miss him. You and Al had such a beautiful life together. Love, Dick and Lucille

katghy kitchen
July 21st, 2008 9:23pm
st peters, missouri

jo, my prayers are with you and your family. we are going to miss this special guy. kathy

Sue and Gene Brown
July 21st, 2008 9:00pm
Ft. Wayne In

The 18 years we have known Al. He was a man of great sense of humor and love for his Family. He surely will be missed God Bless all the Joest Sue and Gene(The Depreys)

Katie Caldwell
July 21st, 2008 8:27pm
Wolcottville, IN

Dear Jo, My prayers are with you and your family. Know that strength can be found in your faith, family and those of us who care about you.

Vicki Sappe
July 21st, 2008 7:47pm
Baltimore Maryland

I am so sorry for your families loss and I so glad Alvin was able to make the Kitchen-Butler reunion this year. I am so sorry the reunion was shortened due to the rain and we were not able to visit as we have in the past. God Bless, Vicki Sappe(Shirley Kitchen Carman\\\'s daughter)

Dennis Harp
July 21st, 2008 1:09pm
Abilene, Texas

Dave, We are so very sorry to hear the news about your dad. Your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. Your dad was a wondeful person and loved his family and community. We will miss him.