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Joseph Arthur Medsker

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Joseph Arthur Medsker
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Joseph Arthur Medsker

Date of Death: January 11, 2016

Age 75

Date of Death January 11, 2016

Place of Death Three Rivers, Michigan

Service Details

The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2016 at Hohner Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Three Rivers Bible Church, 220 N. Erie St, Three Rivers, MI 49093 with Pastor Jay Bailey officiating.
Interment will be held at Lower Flatbush Cemetery.

Obituary Notice

Joseph Arthur Medsker, age 75, of Three Rivers passed away suddenly on Monday, January 11, 2016 at his home. He was born on February 26, 1940 in Kalamazoo to the son of the late John Peter and Hazel Catherine (Dolbee) Medsker.

Joe grew up during a time of iceboxes, milk being delivered to your door with a horse drawn wagon, a time without shopping malls, and a day and age where radio was popular. For him, this was a time of discovery where he grew a passion for making crystal radio sets.

Joe served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged. While he was in the Air Force, he had electronics schooling. There he learned how to repair heavy radar equipment. He was a member of the American Legion Post # 170. He later went to work as a broadcast engineer for W.K.Z.O. radio and television for 18 years, and then began work as communication engineer for UpJohn Company (now Pfizer) until his retirement. Joe was also a faithful member of the Three Rivers Bible Church, where he held many lasting friendships.

Joe truly loved and had a passion for music. He belonged to the Wasepi Band and Scottsburg Hometowners and made many wonderful friendships and songs in their travels. He considered them brothers and looked forward to playing. They shared many laughs and with this brotherhood pack, they brought joy to many. He was proud and honored to play with these men. He was known as “Little Joe”. Joe also was an avid Hamm Radio user and had a regular group he communicated with. Because of his skills with electronics, he enjoyed making code keys and was an all around “fix-it” guy. His grandkids would always say if something was broken, “Papa Joe can fix it!” He had many hobbies throughout his lifetime and one of them was a passion for astronomy. He was a member of the Astronomy club and during that time could build a telescope from the base with metal working all the way to handmade lenses. He and his daughter looked forward to looking at the stars and galaxies together.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one step-son, James Emerick, one sister Margie, and one brother John Medsker.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory, one daughter, Nikki (Greg) Willis, of Vicksburg, MI.; and his beloved grandchildren Ethan and Shae Willis; three step-children, Laurie (Tim) Moody, of Kentucky, along with their children and beloved grandchildren; Tonda Liggett of Oregon, and Todd Liggett of Kalamazoo; one sister Beatrice Truman, of Portage, MI.; former spouses, Esther Macomber and Betty Medsker; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Joe’s smile will remain with many, and he could light up a room with it. He was well liked, and still is an extremely loved man. His memory will remain with us always.

“Yes someday I’ll take a vacation, one that will never end. When I cross old River Jordan, my Savior will welcome me in. For me the gates will swing open, and I’ll have a mansion within. There I will rest up in Heaven, the rest that never will end” a phrase of a song by Joseph Medsker.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Memorials may be directed to Three Rivers Bible Church or The American Heart Association. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home.
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9 comments on article "Joseph Arthur Medsker"

Dr. Glen & Mary Lou Bontrager

We will sincerely miss Joe. We had great times playing music together and appreciated his talent and friendship. We extend our deepest sympathy ito the family.

Dr. Glen & Mary Lou Bontrager


Christy Rafferty

My dear Friend & Family, God has you in his arms, I have you in my heart. Dad hasnt really left you, even though it may seem so. He has gone to his Heavenly Father's home and is closer to you than you know.

Christy Rafferty


Bev VanDyke

Dearest Nikki & Family, I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing!!!! My heart breaks for you! Know that you are in our prayers, but most importantly, that your dad is in Heaven, exploring those streets of gold!!!! God bless all of you as you go thru this transition of loss! Much love!! Bev

Bev VanDyke


Jim Keesler

Knew Joe from the late 60s-- I was another engineer at then WKZO and also in ham radio activities with Joe. Condolences to his family!

Jim Keesler


Jim and Nancy Jacobs

We are praying for you. We are still on the road so will miss the service. We praise God that we knew Joe, and are so grateful to know he is now home with Jesus.

Jim and Nancy Jacobs


JEAN & PAUL MILLER

We will certainly miss Joe but prefer to remember him when he was doing all the things he loved. And got to visit with him because he made you feel good to talk with him. God bless all of you through this difficult time of loss and we will keep you in our prayers.

JEAN & PAUL MILLER


Joe Frey

I'll miss stopping by and having a cup of coffee. Enjoyed our talks. Your 2nd cousin Joe Frey

Joe Frey


Chris & Bob Carlton

Nikki, I am so very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. You and your family are in my prayers. He has gone to live in the house of our Lord. His kindness and loving spirit will always be with you.

Chris & Bob Carlton


American Heart Association

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

American Heart Association

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