October 3, 1942 – October 13, 2021
Cairo, Missouri – Francis Ervin Joseph, Cairo, MO passed away suddenly at his farm home on Wednesday October 13, 2021. He was born October 3, 1942 to the late Ervin and Theresia (née Helldoerfer) Joseph, Lebanon, IL. He married the love of his life, Joan Marie Roth, on November 26, 1964, at the cathedral of Saint-Pierre Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Family, farming and a good steward of the land were everything to him.
He started in a one-class school in Lebanon – Richwood School and graduated from Cathedral High School, Belleville. He wanted to fly with the Air Force, but due to poor eyesight he joined the Air Force Reserves, where he served as a firefighter at Scott Air Base in Mascoutah , Illinois. He was also a tractor mechanic at Pier’s Machine Shop in Lebanon and operated a bulldozer for Gene Meininger’s excavation company.
When his father retired from the small 70-acre family farm in Lebanon, Francis took over while working the night shift at Granite City Steel Mill for 10 years. He liked hard days at work, but on Saturday nights he was found with his cousins at local clubs, dancing the night away. One of his favorite memories was seeing Ike and Tina Turner performing at the Benld Coliseum.
When his children were very young, he became the keeper of Horner Park and St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, both located down the road from the farm. Wanting to get into farming full time, he made the difficult decision to move the family to Cairo, MO in January 1977. The Missouri Roth cousins were more than welcoming to the family. Besides diverse cultures, he and his family mainly raised cattle and pigs with a few chickens, ducks, rabbits and turkeys “for something different”. Early mornings and afternoons were spent as a St. Pius X school bus driver for many years and he loved to entertain children with his famous animal sounds. He has also served on the Randolph County 4-H Board of Directors and was the Treasurer of Randolph County Pork Producers. He was passionate about hunting and fishing when he was younger. While multiple sclerosis slowed down his body later in life, it didn’t slow down his mind at all. He liked to “run” agriculture, acted as the family meteorologist and kept abreast of world events. He loved watching NASCAR and the Dallas Cowboys.
His sister Rita Miller preceded him in death; “outlaws” Henry and Josephine (née 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) Lyon, Atlanta, Georgia; Bill Joseph, Cairo; Tim (Stacey) Joseph, Freeport, Illinois; Chris Joseph, Cairo; Carrie (Jason) Scales, Cleveland, OH; and Emily (Jason) Alexander, Madison. He has 20 wonderful grandchildren with whom he loved to visit: Kathleen (Shawn) Watson, Stephanie, Matthew and Abbey Joseph, Bony Joseph; Adèle 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 HAPPY to welcome this year: Freya Watson and Jaclyn Joseph.
He also survives his sister Elizabeth (Michael) Del Monica, 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; many cousins, nieces, nephews and good friends, with whom he loved to share one of his many farm stories or famous expressions.
Visitations will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at the Pathway Memorial Funeral Home, Moberly, MO. Mass and funeral will begin at 10:30 am on Monday October 18 at St. Pius X Church, Moberly, MO. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to: Multiple Sclerosis Institute, 1 Hospital Dr. Columbia, MO 65201; Saint-Pie X Church, Moberly, MO; or Neighborly Community 4-H Club, Cairo, MO.
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