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Joseph Caesar Rabidoux, age 77, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 4th at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan after a brief illness.

Born July 17, 1939, to Dolphis Francis Rabidoux I and Genevieve Isabelle Rabidoux at Sparrow Hospital, he was the fifth of six children, a lively edition to a growing family.

He grew up on his family farm in Leroy Township, playing outside with his brothers and developing a lifelong love of farming and tractors (in particular Allis Chalmers in all its Persian Orange glory).

He graduated from Williamston High School in 1957, enjoying Future Farmers of America, and served in the U.S. Army. He attended Lansing Community College and earned his Bachelor of Social Science degree from Michigan State University.

On July 7, 1962, Joe married Susan Louise Wilson of Mason, the girl he had met at the Ingham County Fair while they were both showing cattle through local 4-H programs when they were very young. He said, "Her eyes were as pretty as a Jersey cow." It was love at first sight for Joe.

He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Mason, serving people as part of the parish's ministry to local migrant workers and their families. He worked as a social worker for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and for the State of Michigan.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Maurice Rabidoux, Sr.; and sister and brother-in-law Ann and Mark Glynn; brothers-in-law Clarence Fisher, James Reimbold and Bob Greenhoe; parents-in-law Lewis and Lavina Wilson, and niece, Suzanne Tostevin and nephew, Mark Fisher.

Leaving to forever cherish his memory are his wife of 54 years, Susan Rabidoux; daughters Michelle (Neil) Munson and Louise Rabidoux; and two grandchildren, Jesse and Caroline Munson. He is also survived by sisters, Jeanne Reimbold and Mary Lou Greenhoe and brother Dolphis (Jean) Rabidoux II and many nieces and nephews and beloved friends.

He lived a life of varied pursuits, delving into raising goats, riding bicycles, growing a garden, cultivating roses and driving antique tractors. He was a member of Tri County Bicycle Association and the Lansing Sailing Club and the All Color Antique Tractor Club. He loved to read and kept a list of the titles of books he had read over the years.

He enjoyed camping and travel, including recent trips to Italy and Ireland, and especially enjoyed spending winters in the Florida Keys. He and Sue made two trips to Guatemala to help and encourage friends there.

Generous with his time, and quick with a joke, his personality led to many friends with whom he shared a love of practical jokes and stories and we look forward to hearing more of those in the coming weeks.

In his memory, tell a joke, give of your time and talent, read the comics in your local newspaper, and stuff a brick in your friend's bike bag when they aren't looking..you know, so they carry more weight on their trip than they should. It's all in good fun.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11:00am at St. James Catholic Church, 1010 S. Lansing St., Mason. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, and on Monday, May 8 from 1:00pm-3:00pm and 6:00pm-8:00pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Ball Dunn Chapel, 621 S. Jefferson St., Mason.

Donations may be given to the City Rescue Mission of Lansing, 2216 S. Cedar St., Lansing, MI 48910.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.grbdmason.com.