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Joseph T. Materi, age 87, of Austin passed away on Friday, October 1, 2004. He was born on August 15, 1917 in Aberdeen, South Dakota to Peter and Anna Ziegler Materi. Joseph was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1941 and was commissioned in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1964 from Ft. Bliss as Lieutenant Colonel, Director of the Electronics Department, U.S. Army Air Defense School. He served in Germany, Korea, numerous posts in the United States including NORAD and participated in the nuclear testing in Nevada. As an Army Officer with Naval experience, he commanded a minesweeper in Norfolk harbor in early WWII. Though he served his country with distinction as an Army officer, in his heart he remained a Navy man – especially during the Army-Navy football games. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, John Materi, and sisters, Margaret Materi Darner and Juliana Materi Jones. Survivors include his wife, Effie McGrew Materi; children, Steven Materi of Houston, Amy Materi May of Denver and John N. Shelnut of Baytown; and his grandchildren, Joseph and Kathryn Materi and Karen and Dirk May. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 4th at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home with services following in the Weed-Corley-Fish Chapel at 7:00 p.m. Graveside services, with full military honors, will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 5, 2004 at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78705 – (512) 452-8811. You may view memorials online at wcfish.com