Willis Allen JOSEPH
Willis Allen JOSEPH
  • May 23, 1933 - March 13, 2017
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Willis Allen "Bill" Joseph

May 23, 1933 - March 13, 2017


Bill passed peacefully from this earth Monday evening, after a lengthy illness. His love of God and family was always evident. He was thoughtful and tender toward his wife, Lois. He taught his children to love and honor God, to work hard, to laugh, and to be responsible and resilient.

His faith led him to leadership positions in Our Lord's Lutheran Church (Oklahoma City) where he and Lois have been members for 38 years. He was a patron of the arts, a student of history, and mischievous story-teller - qualities he shared with his children.

Bill grew up in Ohio, the son of two educators, Elmer (Pete) and Elta Joseph. As a teenager he mowed lawns, delivered papers, clerked in a grocery, hauled milk from farms to the dairy, and caddied for golfers. He overcame polio, defying doctors who thought he would never walk again. He worked his way through college doing TV tower installations and repairs.

While earning his bachelor's degree in business at Manchester College (Indiana), he met and married the love of his life, Lois (née Ogan) in 1953. He then worked for Marathon Oil in Ohio, gaining a reputation for innovative marketing. He earned his MBA from the University of Toledo (Ohio) and a law degree from the Blackstone School of Law. He became a recognized direct-marketing expert and was recruited in 1979 by Globe Life Insurance to Oklahoma City, where he retired as Senior Vice President in 1993. Bill then worked as a consultant, volunteered at the Kirkpatrick Center and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and traveled around the world with his wife.

Bill is survived and remembered with love and gratitude by his wife of 63 years, Lois (Ogan) Joseph, his children and their families: Diann (m. Franklin Andy), Dan (m. Julie, née Trelease), and Donna (m. Kyle McBride); six grandchildren: Adora (née Andy m. William Nathaniel Jenkins, III), Francine (née Andy m. Jeff Perez), Katie (née Joseph m. Cody Banion), Gregory Andy (m. Rhonda Miller), Sam and Megan McBride; and three great grandchildren: Truly and Audrey Perez and Nathan Jenkins, IV; and his sister, Susan (née Joseph, m. Keith Dewese).

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Our Lord's Lutheran Church, 2900 W. Hefner Road, Oklahoma City, OK. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lord's Lutheran Church in his name.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:56

Arrangements under the direction of Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Directors, Oklahoma City, OK.