In Memory of Joseph Wilson HARRELL

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Joseph HARRELL

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Date of Birth:   September 28, 1931

Date of Death:   August 2, 2013

Life Legacy:
Joe was born in Picayune, Miss. on Sept. 28, 1931 the 6th of 7 children. He passed away on Aug. 2, 2013 in Federal Way, Wa. Joe joined the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and served his 4 years in the San Francisco bay area. He was first sent to a small radar sight in Half Moon Bay as a guard. While there he was given the opportunity to become a radar operator. In 1956 he went to work for the CAA, now the FAA. He trained to become an air traffic controller at the old Oakland airport, which was a very small facility. He loved being a controller. One of his supervisor's once said if there was such a thing as a natural born air traffic controller it was Joe. In 1960 the family moved to Oklahoma City so he could teach at the FAA training academy, he stayed for 2 years and returned to Fremont, California where the new Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center had been built. Joe became training officer there for several years and a supervisor before he transfered to Palmdale, Ca. where the Los Angeles ARTCC was located and became a watch supervisor. He was only there for a few months when he was asked to go thru a screening back east to become a Center manager. We moved to the Pacific Northwest in January of 1973 and he went to work in Auburn, Wa. at the Seattle ARTCC as the deputy chief. In 1975 he became the Center Manager for 5 years. Next to being a controller this was his favorite position. Joe retired in October of 1986 and adjusted quickly. He played a lot of golf at Twin Lakes Golf and CC where he made a lot of great friends and had a lot of fun. Joe and Joanne owned 3 different motor homes and had a wonderful time traveling for 19 years. Joe is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joanne, son Glenn (Madeline), daughter Denise, son Steve, daughter-in-law Elizabeth, grandson Ryan (Stephanie), granddaughter, Erin, great grandchildren Caylee and Henry, sister's Margaret Stewart, Dorothy Boegner, brother's Charles (Frances), Ken (Eleanor), and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother's James and Robert, known as Jack, and his oldest son Jim and son-in-law Steve Klapstein. Joe was known for his great sense of humor. He was loved and respected by all who new him. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Messages of Condolence:

"We were so saddened to learn of Joe's passing on. Though we didn't know him, I went to school with you Joanne. Have been touched by the many emails you have sent which blessed not only me, but my husband as well. You will continue to be in our prayers as you go on in the days to come. Be blessed Dear One as Joe would desire for you."
- Corinne James

"I'm so sorry to hear about Denise's dad passing. It's so difficult to lose a parent. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!"
- Cyndie Bennett

"It has been a long time that I have seen Joe...but I still have great memories of him. Denise is and always will be a dear friend and I promise Joe we will take care of her...like she needs help!! My deepest sympathies and thoughts to the family."
- Frank Zennan

"We are so sorry to hear about Joe's passing. We have a lot of great memories of both of you in Tahoe. I'm sure he will be greatly missed among his family and friends. God Bless."
- Gary and Janet Mcmenomy

"We are so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. Joe & Joanne were Maui friends that we kept in touch with over the years. We pray for comfort and strength in the days ahead and will keep you in our prayers."
- George & Verna Froese

"Joanne and family; We were saddened to learn (from Geri McKee) of Joe's passing. I'm grateful for the times he drove patients for the ACS for their radiation/chemo treatments. "
- Gloria Lyon@comcast.net

" Joe Harrell was my great grandfather; I miss him more than any one could possibly understand. And even though his passing makes me sad I cant help but to smile and laugh every time I think of him. I swear there is no one who could make me laugh harder or smile bigger than my grandpa Joe. He just generally had a great sense of humor, and that is why I loved to be around him. He could also be very loving and thoughtful as well and often cared for others. All around My grandpa Joe was just a great guy. And although I am sad he is gone, I am grateful to still have my wonderful great grandma Joanne and grandma Denise."
- Jared Klapstein

"We are so sorry for your loss."
- Kathy Varney

"We were blessed with the Harrells as our neighbors when we moved into our first home in Fremont,CA Our kids grew up together.I'm happy I was able to visit with Joe & Joanne in WA. Joe will be missed very much.I will try hard to be here for Joanne,Glenn, Denise & Steve. God bless you all."
- Maryann Venturi

"Joanne you were truly blessed to have Joe in your life for so many years, you had a wonderful marrage and raised 4 wonderful children, all that for the good of our world. I wish you and your family the best until you all meet up in Heaven, you'll find Joe on the back nine. I will always think of him with great love and affection and a great big smile. Love to you all"
- Mary Jo Goodrich Silins

"The Harrells have been special FAA friends for years and came to help me when my Husband passed away. God bless and comfort the family. Patty"
- Patty Chandler

"My memory of Joe will be in my heart for ever. He was always there for me as a true friend. Farewell my friend... Roberta "
- Roberta Nelson-Strom

"We had the wonderful privilege of meeting Joe and Joanne years ago on a cruise to Alaska. There couldn't of been two nicer people on that ship. We were truly blessed meeting them, I am so sorry for your loss Joanne & family. What an amazing life you shared with Joe, he was truly a talented man."
- Trish & Peter Volz

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