Love you bunches little brother
I once read this lovely poem:
Those we love don't go away
They walk beside us every day
In our hearts that stay
Since our mother's passing on 9.1.1., 1992, it seems with or without provocation, a fond memory will pop in my mind, and I try to make it linger, repeat and savor for as long as I can. So true now with my younger brother Joe. Being fifteen years my junior, he was one of my babies (as mom would say). From carrying him around on my hip through his infancy, babysitting as a toddler, to growing older and facing him as a worthy opponent in any one of the many various card games that mom would entice us with. As adults, and both living away from our home in Missouri, we often visited back and forth while living in Colorado and Wyoming. In all that, we shared many life experiences and laughs. I know that mom has waited a very long time for us to join her and now lovingly holds her ninth child while teaching him a new card game that she has learned. I love you Jody-Bo! Say "hi" to mom!
I will wait my turn!
It's with great sadness I am writing this message....Truly a legend gone too soon. I just want to say thanks Joe. Your presence and energy will be greatly missed in the bags community. Thank you for the effort you put into helping struggling players like myself. I will continue to toss in your spirit. Signed J.L. on a set of bags in your honor. Thanks again old friend.
In memory of Joseph A. Lake, Don Wells lit a candle
I think we always had a mutual respect for each other and I valued your friendship. If I can say the trait I admired the most about you was your kind and giving spirit and personality.
I can't begin to count the many times you came to my rescue and helped me and all of the family with broken down cars, mowers, trailers and always willing to lend a helping hand.. You were an awesome dad and a great bagger!!
Your laugh was infectious and I always appreciated the way you treated my mom and the many card games you played with her. We will miss you, but thanks for touching all of us while you had the chance. Rest in Peace!!
I am so sorry.❤️🙏❤️
Joe i will never forget you. You were always a kind a generous friend. Maybe they have bags in heaven. 4 baggers all the way
Joe and I grew up together. Joe's parents and my parents were good friends. One day while visiting Joe, Joe decided he wanted some ice cream. Joe and I concocted a plan to tell his parents it was my birthday so we could get ice cream. It worked, we had ice cream. Life was good.
A couple weeks later, Joe's mother asked my mother how Lee's birthday went. My mom said fine, it was in December. Joe's mother said they celebrated it in July. Joe and I were caught, but we still had ice-cream.
I am guessing we were 10 to 12 years old when that happened.
I can still hear his laugh. Rest in peace Joe.
RIP little brother, you will be missed by many Joe. Melissa and the entire family, are all in our thoughts and Prayers. Our wonderful nieces and nephews, we hope will know how much they are loved. We will miss you Joe, always. sending LOVE from your sis and family. Teresa & Dennis Brown
Melissa & girls,
You have been in my thoughts and prayers. Joe was one of a kind, with the biggest heart and laugh of anyone I have ever known. I know he loved you all with everything he had. I will forever thank God for putting him in my friend Melissa's life and blessing them with two beautiful girls. Even though we didn't see each other as often as we would have liked, I will miss that laugh and the big hearted man associated with it. I will make sure we put aside a Pepsi for him today.
Melissa and children,
You have our deepest sympathy and seeding hugs and prayers to you all.
My brother was one of a kind and gone way too soon. All our love to you all. Mike and Liz Donath
So sorry. Joe did his best to help me throw that darn bag right. Will miss him too.
Thinking of you all during this time of loss! So many sweets memories of Joe and his siblings and parents!
In our prayers,
Patti Anderson Craighead