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“Dave, Pati and Family,May you find a bit of peace and comfort in your memories of your dad and the love of your friends who are holding you close in...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Paul and Susan Jones - Belleville, IL

“Joe Church was a "Giver". My Dad grew up with Joe and Mom and Dad went to school with Joe and Mary and were Lifelong Friends. My Grandma and Grandpa,...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Dennis Forsythe - Belleville, IL

“Joe was our brother-in-law and we visited with him each time we came to Illinois. Joe loved to talk about airplanes and family and all the old...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Ruth & Ray Been - Mulvane, KS

“Just thinking of Joe makes me smile. He was a great friend to my dad and uncle since childhood and I loved hearing their stories. I will cherish the...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Karen Forsythe Knight - Destin, FL

“I worked in the business office at St. Paul's Home so I remember both Mary and Joe. What I remember most vividly was Joe coming down the hall to the...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Jeannie Lowry - Swansea, IL

“I could write a book about Joe. He did so many kind things for me over the years. ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Stephen Gregory - stl, MO

“Uncle Joe and Aunt Mary Church were such treasures to me. Times spent with them were magical. They were such wonderful examples to me and my...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Katie (McPheeters) Barter - Ozark, IL

“Joe was one of my favorite people...he was our neighbor here in Fairview.He was always pleasant and had a wonderful sense of humor.Often we would...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Kenneth & Wanda Miller - IL

“Dear David and family, Ken and I send our prayers and love to you. Both your dad and mother were so important to me in my Christian walk growing up....Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Sherri Wildt - FL - Family Friend

“Joe and Mary were a delightful part of my childhood, both in our neighborhood and in the church I grew up. They were a faithful part of the church...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Curtis Paul Lawson - Montgomery, TX

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Joe J. Church, 95, of Swansea, IL; formerly of Marissa, IL; born on October 15, 1921 in Marissa, IL; passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at Sycamore Village in Swansea, IL.

Mr. Church was the owner and operator of Church and Hamilton Insurance Agency and the Marissa Building and Loan. He was a United States Army Air Corp Veteran serving as a navigator and bombardier during both World War II and the Korean War. He also spent 30 years in the Air Force Reserves obtaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was a member of the Marissa Rotary Club. Mr. Church was a lifelong and very active member of the First Baptist Church of Marissa. Joe and his wife Mary were avid Christian music enthusiasts and often attended Christian music programs. Joe was a humble man and a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents – Joe and Rose, nee Dlouhy, Church. His wife Mary, nee Been, Church whom he married on March 17, 1945 at Scott Air Force Base and who passed away on February 16, 2013. Also preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

He is survived by his son – David (Pati) Church of Swansea, IL. His grandsons – David (Jamie) Church of O'Fallon, IL; Jason (Demeka) Church of Franklin, TN. Five grandchildren – Jakob; Camden; Hudson; Greyson; Samantha.

The family would like to extend a very heartfelt expression of gratitude for the wonderful care, kindness and love that was provided to Joe by Sycamore Village and Vitas Hospice.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice.

Visitation: Friends may call at the First Baptist Church in Marissa, IL on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 9:00am to 10:30am.

Funeral: Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Marissa, IL on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 10:30am with Rev. Jim Wiens officiating.

Interment: Burial will be held in the Marissa Township Cemetery in Marissa, IL.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.