American Veteran 09

Joseph "Joe" Arthur July

June 23, 1923 ~ March 12, 2024 (age 100) 100 Years Old

Joseph "Joe" July Obituary

Age 100, Longtime Resident of Roseville, MN

Passed away peacefully on March 12, 2024. Joe was born to Frances and Albert July in Blunt, South Dakota on June 23, 1923. His family farmed until the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s came and grasshoppers ate all their crops in one night. His family sold the remaining livestock, moved to Minnesota and settled in the town of Bruno where he grew up with his parents and four siblings Eva, Rosie, Fran and Jim. During WWII, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the South Pacific. For a period of time, he was stationed in the Philippines, and then fought in Okinawa, Japan where he was shot by a sniper and awarded a Purple Heart.

After serving his country, Joe returned home to Minnesota. His love for dancing brought him to the Twin Cities for a night out where he met the love of his life, Shirley. They married shortly after and settled in St. Paul where they raised their only child, Cathy. Joe was an incredible protector and provider. Joe's job, as a machine operator, took an exciting turn in the late 1950’s. He traveled around the United States and even to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, installing the first computers. Eventually wires onto the computer boards. However, his proudest moments and achievements were centered around his family. Joe loved his family dearly and dedicated himself to their happiness and well-being.

His small family began to grow and he treasured the time spent with his two grandchildren, Rachelle and Kevin. They both shared a very special bond with their grandpa. Then, along came four great-grandchildren, Will, Colton, Olivia and Gabby to spoil him and hug him for many years. Not sure who felt more blessed, Grandpa Joey or the great-grandkids. Some of Joe’s favorite activities included camping at Wapiti Park and floating down the river, traveling to Mexico and later to Texas with Shirley, stopping at every garage sale in the neighborhood, nipping at one of the many pints of blackberry brandy that he stashed everywhere and dancing – especially to his favorite the Tennessee Waltz. Known for his protective nature and wit, Joe was a fiercely independent individual who loved tinkering. He had a knack for making others smile and a way of charming the ladies, earning him a reputation as a true ladies' man. He was always there to lend a helping hand or provide support, earning him the role of caretaker among those who knew him. If you needed your lawn mowed, you could bet that Joe would do it, no questions asked. Joe was actively involved with The Church of Corpus Christi in Roseville, where he found comfort and community.

Joseph July will be deeply missed and forever remembered as a loving father, doting grandfather, and cherished friend. His infectious smile, caring nature, and independent spirit will continue to inspire those who had the privilege of knowing him.

Joe is preceded in death by his loving wife, Shirley; parents, Francis and Albert; siblings, Eva, Rosie, Fran and Jim; nephews, Gus, Arnie, Scott and Gene. He is survived by his daughter, Cathy (Nick) Griffin; grandchildren, Rachelle (Ryan) Denkmann, Kevin (Tanya) Griffin; great-grandchildren, William, Colton, Olivia, Gabrielle; nieces, Bev, Millie, Kitty, Sue, Mary Ann; and nephews, Ed, David, Bruce, Mike and Jeff. He is also survived by special friends, Phil, Mary Ellen and Barb.

The family wants to give special thanks to Joe’s doctor, Sandra Turbes (Dr. Sandy), for her exceptional care including the remarkable way she cared. They would also like to thank the entire Genevive care team, of whom Dr. Turbes is a clinician. Many of them had an opportunity to rehab Joe from one of his many fractures and acute health issues. Last, but certainly not least, the many caring staff at Johanna Shores for their patience, compassion, thoughtfulness and respect, that Joe endlessly appreciated as did his whole family. We love you JoSho. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Forgotten Heroes Ranges and Retreats (

Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, March 21 at 10:30 AM at the Church of Corpus Christi Church (2131 Fairview Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113). Visitation 1 hour prior to service at church. Luncheon served following Mass and Interment at Sunset Memorial Cemetery

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March 21, 2024

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Church of Corpus Christi
2131 Fairview Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113

Funeral Mass
March 21, 2024

10:30 AM
Church of Corpus Christi
2131 Fairview Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113

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