Joe was born on the farm near Zehner, the oldest of six children. He passed away at the Victoria Hospital after a brief illness with cancer. At a young age Joe left home to work for various farmers.
He met Marion Harding in the farming area of Venn and they were married in 1957. Living in Saskatoon until 1967 they then moved to Watrous to take up farming. Over the years Joe delivered milk, farmed, worked at the potash mine, raised three children, refereed hockey games, and drove school bus. He always loved to travel and was ready to go at the drop of a hat. When he retired in 2004 he and Marion moved to Prince Albert to be near their son, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Joe was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1974. His faith was central to his life right up until his death.
He was predeceased by his parents, Jacob and Magdelina Zimmerman; sister Loretta; brother-in-law Al Gerin; in-laws Harry and Gladys Harding; brother-in-law Raymond Harding.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years Marion; son Dale and wife Cheryl; daughter Diane and husband Lance Herman of the Philippines; son Darren and wife Karen of Surrey, BC; grandson Logan and wife Carmelle and great-grandchildren Holden and Harper; granddaughter Bailey and husband Jessie Hoefels.
He is also survived by siblings Tony, Ben, Millie Gerein, Theresa and husband Eddie Fuchs; sister-in-law Lillian and Abe Warkentin; sister-in-law Anita Harding; and many nephews and nieces.
The family wishes to thank the hard-working nurses, doctors, and care workers at the Victoria Hospital for the excellent care Joe received the last two weeks.
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