Joseph Francis McCormick, age 88, passed away peacefully on June 3, 2013. At his bedside were his four children, Betty, Tom, Denny and Maureen, and Pat McCormick, Joe’s wife and one-and-only life partner and the love of his life.
Joe was born to Matthew and Rose McCormick in Caledonia, Minn. on April 30, 1925. Upon graduating from Loretto High School, he worked on the family farm until inducted in the Navy in 1944 at age 19. He served in the Navy from 1944-46, as World War II was coming to a close. As an electrician’s mate, he learned a trade that eventually led to his employment at the Trane Company in La Crosse, a manufacturer of heating and cooling systems. He worked at the Trane Company for 39 years, retiring in 1987 from his job as plant engineer and maintenance superintendent where he was responsible for all maintenance operations of the La Crosse manufacturing operation and supervised a large staff of electrical and mechanical engineers and others. He was a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
After retiring, Joe and Pat eventually moved to Leesburg, Fla. Their house was part of the Hawthorne community, where for the last 13 years they have enjoyed many activities with their friends, especially shuffleboard and cards. Joe and Pat both achieved the rank of professional shuffleboarder.
What brought Joe the most joy was being with his family, especially during the June family reunion every year at Lakewoods Resort on Lake Namakagon in northern Wisconsin. Joe especially loved his nine grandchildren who brought smiles to his face. They always tried to beat him at the game of checkers but never could.
In addition to his wife, Patricia McCormick, Joe is survived by his children Betty McCormick Aggas, Los Angeles; Tom (Nalini) McCormick, Seattle; Dennis (Yolanda) McCormick, Chesterbrook, Pa.; and Maureen (Don) Powell, Madison, Wis., and his brother Jim McCormick, Caledonia.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Rose and Matthew, his sisters Helen, Margaret and Mary, and brothers Leo and Mike.
Joe will be missed dearly and remembered with love. Visitation was from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 6 at Beyers Funeral Home Chapel, Leesburg. A celebration of his life was at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, June 7 at St Paul’s Church, Leesburg. Memorial gifts may be made to Aquinas High School, 315 11th St. S., La Crosse, Wis. 54601. Online condolences may be left at www.beyersfuneralhome.com.
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Arrangements entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg.