March 8, 1919 - Sept. 3, 2010
Joseph Albert Stemmer passed away on Sept. 3, 2010, at his home.
He was born on March 8, 1919, in Walla Walla to August and Alice (Alex) Davin Stemmer. Joe graduated from Walla Walla High School and later joined the Army Air Corp. During World War II, he served in the South Pacific. Later, he was stationed in Rome, New York and Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane.
He married Dorothy A. Woods in 1944, and upon his discharge, they returned to Walla Walla. Joe worked for Western Electric; however, his last employment was with the Veteran's Hospital, where he worked
for 43 years retiring as chief of recreation.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing. After his retirement, he and Dorothy traveled extensively in their fifth-wheel RV going to Mexico, California, Utah and Nevada, visiting family and friends and enjoying all the wonderful sights. Joe was very handy. He made many Christmas gifts for his family from birdhouses to lamps. He was also the ultimate jokester telling stories at the drop of a hat that would make anyone laugh out loud.
He was a lifetime member of BPOE #287, the VFW and Masonic Order of the Free Masons.
Joe is survived by sons and daughter-in-law, David and Lanna Stemmer and Jack Stemmer, all of Walla Walla; daughters and sons-in-law, Jo Ann and Paul Klees of Kennewick, and Mary and Pete Cresci of Draper, Utah; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; his parents; three brothers, Robert, Gene and Paul Stemmer; and sister, Virginia Ray.
Viewing and visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 327 Catherine St. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Society or Walla Walla Community Hospice through the Herring Funeral Home.