Joe Forest Bedwell, age 87, of Aurora, Missouri, passed away at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, January 5, 2020, at the Seneca House in Seneca, Missouri. He was born December 25, 1932, in Granby, Missouri, the son of Cleophas and Mary (Hobson) Bedwell.
Joe was a 1951 graduate of Granby High School and attended the Missouri School of Mines in Rolla, Missouri for two years. He was a United States Airforce Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. Joe worked for the FAA for 30 years, as a Radar Technician and really enjoyed his career and was always interested in flight and aviation. He was a member of the Aurora First Baptist Church as well as the Granby Masonic Lodge #514 AF & AM.
Joe and his family enjoyed listing to the old band music, hours of Harry James and the military bands. He enjoyed metal detecting, fishing with Jeff Abney, golfing with Jim Fullerton, chat pile days and river times with Jerry Carter and family and his dinner and travel companion Roberta Sparkman. Any day was good for a road trip with Samantha and the grandkids. Joe never turned down a Braum’s chicken sandwich, good Chinese and Mexican food, ice cream of any kind, and he could cook a mean pot of chili.
On June 10, 1961, he married JoAnn Bright, in Granby, Missouri. She preceded him in death on July 15, 1991.
Joe is survived by his daughter, Colleen James of Mt. Vernon, Missouri; two sons, Matthew Bedwell and his wife, Dana, of Belton, Missouri and Joe S. Bedwell and his wife, Dawn, of Scottsdale, Arizona; six grandchildren, Joseph M. Bedwell and Nicholas Bedwell of Belton, Missouri, Jeremy James and his wife, Samantha, of Neosho, Missouri, Bailee (James) Riffe and her husband, Kalin and their son, Joseph, coming in March, of Bentonville, Arkansas, Peyton James and his son, Lucas, coming in March, and Emory James of Arkansas; two great-grandchildren, Cabella and Bristol James.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Cleophas and Mary, wife, JoAnn, sister, Glendon Carpenter and brother, Wray Bedwell.
A visitation will be held from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2020, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora with a graveside service following at 1:30 p.m. at the Maple Park Cemetery in Aurora.
Memorial donations may be made payable to the Aurora First Baptist Church, in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared at www.CraftonCantrellFunealHome.com.