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Joseph A. Lake

Joseph A. Lake

Joseph (Joe) Albert Lake or “007, Joe Cool or Missouri Joe”, was taken too soon from our world to be with his Heavenly Father. His family honors his passing on January 12, 2024.

Joe was born April 25, 1967, to Howard and Carmen (Elder) Lake in Hannibal, Mo. He graduated from Philadelphia, Missouri’s Marion County R-II High School in 1985. Over the years he earned numerous certificates, furthering his education in his fields of work.

Joe grew up in the Hannibal, Mo. In his youth he was very active in riding and showing horses with the Tri-County Buffalo Rangers Saddle Club. He also raced cars, ran demo derby cars, and rode bulls in the local rodeo circuits. He loved farming with his dad and helping him repair farm equipment. Joe loved being out in the woods, hunting and fishing. He also played banjo and guitar in the Lake Family Band. Joe loved to restore farm equipment and he restored his grand dad’s John Deere GP, which is still running and used in many parades in Missouri.

Joe will be remembered for his outgoing, friendly personality. He never met a stranger, always making friends. You would know Joe was in the room before you saw him by his infectious and unique laugh. He was legendary for his card playing and board games winnings. Joe also had impressive cornhole bean bag skills, notorious for being able to drop air mail bags almost all the time. He was very active in local, Wisconsin, and Midwest tournaments.

Joe was a jack-of-all trades. In his life he worked various jobs in farming, trucking, cement work, railroad mechanic, security, and cable installation. He put his whole heart and soul into helping people out. His ability to trouble-shoot and come up with solutions was well-known and people sought his help on various projects. Joe was also active in his church, Sacred Heart in Horicon, Wisc. He loved to help with youth pizza making, always kidding around and telling jokes.

Joe and Melissa (Sette) met in February 2000 and were married in Beaver Dam, Wisc. in June 2002 and eventually settled on her family farm in Juneau, Wisc. Joe loved his family and always looked for ways to celebrate together and help out when needed.

Joe is survived by his wife, Melissa and daughters, Carmen and Rose Lake; father-in-law, Robert Sette (Juneau). Sons, Aaron King (Sarah Hope, children: Samara Darlene Muller-King, Robert Lee King II, Malachai Maverick Odin King) (Collinsville, Ill.) and Tyler Lake (Moberly, Mo.). Daughters Ashton Lake (Aaron Speek, children: Granden Lake, Essence Lake, Kynsten Whisenand, Aurelia Speek) (Moberly), Molly Lake (Korbyn and Kyzer Luckett) (Palmyra), and Abby Stratton (Josh) and children, Genevieve and Edith (Osage Beach, Mo.). His father, Howard J. Lake; brother, Junior Lake (Linda); Christina Blair (James); Tonya Lake; Teresa Brown (Dennis); Dot Lake (Tami Lyons); Liz Donath (Mike); Cecelia Obert (Rick); Jenny Bemis (Ron); and brother, Stacey Lake. And numerous nieces and nephews.

Joe was proceeded in death by his mother, Carmen O. (Elder) Lake; mother-in-law, Rosemary Schulz; brother-in-law, James Blair; niece, Lisa (Lake) Parshall and nephew, James Vincent Lake and several great-aunts and great-uncles.

On Wednesday, January 17, 2024 a Mass of Christian Burial was held with Fr. Justin Lopina officiating. Burial was at Juneau City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the family (Melissa Lake) for Joe’s children and grand kids.