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Joseph Emil Tekel

May 29, 1929 July 27, 2018
Joseph Emil Tekel
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JOSEPH EMIL TEKEL, age 89 years, a resident of Elkins, WV, departed this life Friday evening, July 27, 2018 at the Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center at Elkins, WV.
He was born Wednesday, May 29, 1929 at New Jersey, a son of the late Joseph and Anna Kompis Tekel. On June 25, 1960 at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Big Stone Gap, VA, he was married to the former Nell Elaine Rose Tekel, who preceded him in death April 11, 2011. They had celebrated fifty one years of marriage.
Surviving are one daughter, Paula R. Grigsby and husband Bruce of Wellston, OH; two grandchildren, Makala Rose and husband Randy Bailey and Tobias Emil James Grigsby, both of Wellston, OH; one sister, Jane Alice Johns of Carson City, NV; three nephews, Joe Johns and wife Diana of ID, Ron Johns of Carson City, NV and Paul Johns and wife Margaret of Sparks, NV.
He was a graduate of the Hilltop High School in Hilltop, NJ. Following his high school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. He obtained his Forestry degree at the University of North Carolina. He was a former employee of the United States Forest Service, working in Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. During his time with the forest service, he would travel out West to fight forest fires. After his retirement, he had his own forestry consultant business. He was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church at Elkins. He was very active in the Nature Conservancy in Randolph Co. He was an outdoorsman, loved fishing, biking, gardening, hiking, skiing and was an avid bird watcher. He particularly enjoyed square dancing and playing his dulcimer.
The family will receive friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins on Friday from 5 to 8 PM. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 12 Noon. The Rev. Jim Murphy will officiate and interment will follow at the Mountain State Memorial Gardens at Gilman, WV where the U. S. Marine Corps, the H. W. Daniels Post # 29, American Legion and the Tygarts Valley Post # 3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct full military honors.


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Friday

3

Aug

5:00 PM 8/3/2018 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/3/2018 8:00:00 PM
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home - Elkins

120 First Street
P.O. Box 1027
Elkins, WV 26241

Lohr & Barb Funeral Home - Elkins
120 First Street Elkins 26241 WV
United States

funeral service

Saturday

4

Aug

12:00 PM 8/4/2018 12:00:00 PM
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home - Elkins

120 First Street
P.O. Box 1027
Elkins, WV 26241

Lohr & Barb Funeral Home - Elkins
120 First Street Elkins 26241 WV
United States

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Mountain State Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

Gilman Community
Elkins, West Virginia 26241

Gilman Community Elkins 26241 West Virginia
United States
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