Joseph H. Bramel


February 21, 1934 - September 29, 2012

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Joseph Bramel 78, of rural Marseilles, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2012, at his home.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Peter Brick, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Memorial Park where full military rites will be conducted. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service. Arrangements are through the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa.

Joe was born February 21, 1934 in Bryon, Texas to Herbert Dewey and Mary Pauline (Downing) Bramel. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Sherrill Lock on November 22, 1953 in Ottawa at the First Baptist Church. She passed July 19, 2008. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Ottawa, Farm Bureau and the Machinist Union.

Joe was a diesel mechanic for 50 plus years working for Scherer Freightline, Tri-State Trucking and Ottawa Truck Center. He retired from Garvey Grain as a Maintenance technician. He was a very resilient, hard working man all through his life. He always worked hard to bounce back from the curves and bumps life threw at him. He thrived on hard work and most of all enjoyed bailing hay. To him, there was no better therapy than to head to the field on his John Deere to cut the first crop of hay. Even on his walk to the Lord he was still enjoying the great outdoors.

He is survived by one daughter, Julie (Steven) Pointer of Marseilles and one son, Kevin (Karen) Bramel of Marseilles; five grandchildren, Ryan and Travis Pointer, Jacob, Rachel and William Bramel; one brother, Marion (Judy) Bramel of Yorkville; two sisters, Jesse Rinker of Michigan and Jeanine Burkett of Kirkland, Illinois.

He was preceded death in by his parents; his wife, Sherrill; his son, Joseph W. Bramel; two brothers, James and Lewis Bramel and three sisters, Margaret Diehl, Velma Thorsen and Betty Bailey.

Pallbearers will be Steve Pointer, his son-in-law; Travis Pointer, grandson and right hand hay help; Ryan Pointer, his grandson; Marvin Stone, Larry Cain and Mickey Underhill, his lifelong friends.

Memorial may be directed to the First Baptist Church in Ottawa.