Thursday, November 14, 2013

Joseph J. Tobin

Joseph J. Tobin, age 90, passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at the Racine Hospice House.  Joseph was born in Huron, South Dakota, on October 26, 1923, son of the late Fred R. and Zoa G. (Nee:  Hays) Tobin.

After high school, Joe moved to San Diego, CA, and worked for Consolidated Aircraft.  During World War II he was one of many who proudly served in the United States Army Air Corps.  Upon leaving the military, Joe returned to Consolidated building aircraft for the war effort.  On June 10, 1954, he was united in marriage to Audrey A. Ferguson.

Joseph received his B.A. from Huron College, his Master's from Colorado State and advanced study at the University of Minnesota.  He organized training programs for districts and was the Dean of Marketing at Gateway Technical Institute for twenty years, retiring in 1986.  He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church.  Joseph was a member of the National Management Association, and actively involved in the Sertoma Club for many years, where he served as President and District Governor.  Joe’s interests were many, including politics and  aircraft of all types.  He loved traveling abroad, especially to Italy, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.  More than anything, he treasured time spent with his family.  He was a loving and beloved husband, father, and grandfather who  will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of fifty-nine years, Audrey; his daughters and sons-in-law, Sona Thomas of Mt. Pleasant, Deborah (Merle) Bodmer of Waterford, Colleen (David) Voves of Mukwonago; grandchildren, Michael Thomas, Derek and Grant Bodmer, Natasha and Sean Voves.  He is also survived by nieces and nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.   He was recently visited by niece, Colette and her husband Dave Schmidtke of Charles City, IA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Lona; four sisters and two brothers.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, November 19, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Reverend Terrance Huebner officiating.  Private entombment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Alliance or the American Cancer Society.

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