Joe Canterbury, 83, of Wellsville, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, June 6, 2019 at his home in rural Wellsville.
Mr. Canterbury was born August 7, 1935 in Montgomery County, near Wellsville, Missouri, a son of Loyd Lester Canterbury and Lillian Almeta (Moore) Canterbury.
Joe graduated eighth grade from Whitehall Country School in 1949, one year before the school closed. He was a 1953 graduate of Wellsville-Middletown R-1 High School. Joe attended the University of Missouri – Columbia from 1953 -1955.
On August 4, 1957 he reported for active duty in the United States Army at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, then transferring to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He left Fort Sill on February 3, 1958 after 6 months of active duty. Joe served 5 ½ years in the National Guard and received an Honorable Discharge in February of 1963. He always said anyone who has been in the U.S. Army can always remember their ID Number.
On Easter Sunday, April 2, 1961 at the Martinsburg Community Church, he married Carole Ann Kelch. They were blessed with two children, Clint Jay Canterbury, of Mexico and Misty Kay (Canterbury) Richardson, of Winnsboro, Louisiana. There are two grandchildren, James Bryan Richardson IV and Casey Joe Richardson and one great-grandchild, Maddilyn Kate, all of Winnsboro, Louisiana.
In June of 1955, he started his employment with Alco Value in St. Louis, Missouri, where he worked for thirteen years. He left in February of 1968 to move the family to the country in Wellsville, which he enjoyed the rest of his life. Joe started his employment at Wellsville Fire Brick in February of 1968, retiring in January of 2000 with thirty three years of employment. Most of his work there was in the maintenance department and operating the scales which was weighing all the material that was used in making the different kinds of brick. After retiring from the brick plant, Joe got to do his favorite job in life, taking care of his cattle full time.
Joe and Carole enjoyed traveling very much. They traveled to all 50 states, in addition to Canada and Mexico several times. His favorite trips were to Alaska in 2003 and in 2010 they took an early 50th anniversary trip back to Alaska. Joe always said Alaska was a beautiful place to see.
Joe is also survived by his two brothers and sisters-in-law, Dale E. and Sandy Canterbury and Don L. and Judy Canterbury and sister and brother-in-law, Barbara A. and Joe Foster, all of Wellsville; in addition to nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Loyd and Almeta Canterbury and niece, Melissa Foster Bextermueller.
Joe’s wife, Carole said, “We had many wonderful years together as well as all couples, up’s and down’s, but he will always be my one and only love.”
Visitation was held from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville.
Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 10, 2019 at the funeral home. Gary Woods officiated.
Burial was in the Wellsville Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Marty Canterbury, Matt Canterbury, Ronnie Huenefeld, Brian Richardson, Casey Richardson and Allen Sullivan.
Full Military Honors were provided by Wellsville VFW Post 3056. Missouri Military Funeral Honors folded and presented the U.S. Flag to his wife, Carole.
Memorial contributions were suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children or the Wellsville Cemetery Association c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, MO 63384.
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