Joe E. Boaz

Joe E. Boaz, age 74 years, a resident of the Glendale community, passed away Monday morning, January 21, 2019, at 9:07 AM at the Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center in Paducah, Kentucky.

Joe was born September 30, 1944 in the family home near Glendale.  He was the youngest of four sons born to James Jewell Boaz and Mary Alice (Holloway) Boaz.

On June 8, 1972, Joe was united in marriage to Southaretta West in Geneva, Illinois.  She survives.

Other survivors include:  4 children – Deborah (Dan) Casaletto, Donna Prettenhofer, Jerry (Michele) Wenzel and Scott Wenzel; grandchildren – Rachelle (Andrew) Rymarczyk, Amber (Edward) Wilson, Nicholas (Amber) Casaletto, Austin Wenzel, Anthony Casaletto, and Hannah Prettenhofer; great grandchildren – Lucy Rymarczyk, Oscar Rymarczyk, Logan Wilson, Calvin Rymarczyk, and Greyson Wilson; as well as nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends. 

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by 3 brothers,  Robert Boaz, Jack Boaz, and Pat Boaz.

Joe served honorably in the United States Army from 1968-1970.  

Joe was a master carpenter and was a member of the Carpenter’s Union for over 50 years.  Joe was the owner and operator of Joe Boaz Builders and Boaz Storage.  Joe always conducted his business by the philosophy that “we don’t build houses, we build homes.”

Joe was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose # 799 in Elgin.  He was an avid drag racing fan.  Joe, along with his brother, had owned and operated 2 racing cars through the years.  Joe also enjoyed vegetable gardening as well as grilling and barbecuing.  He cherished time spent with his family and friends. 

Joe was a member of the Glendale United Methodist Church.

A funeral service honoring the life of Joe Boaz will be conducted Saturday afternoon, January 26, 2019, at 2 PM at the Glendale United Methodist Church, 464 State Highway 145 North, Simpson, Illinois 62985.  Pastor Mike Shearer will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded.

Burial will be at a later date in the Glendale Cemetery.

Visitation will be conducted from 12 Noon – 2 PM Saturday at the Glendale United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Glendale Cemetery Fund, c/o Charlotte Benard, 45 Cedar Grove Road, Simpson, Illinois 62985 or to the American Cancer Society, 5 Schiber Port, Suite C, Maryville, Illinois 62062.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.

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