Joe Franklin Lindsey, the son of Archie and Dortha (King) Lindsey was born October 5, 1919 in Red Oak, Iowa. He passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017 at Clearview Home, Mount Ayr, Iowa at the age of 97 years, 3 months and 15 days.
Joe was raised in the rural Red Oak area. He attended Walnut and Garfield country schools and Red Oak High School. Following school, Joe immediately began working with his Grandpa Judd in his auto salvage yard. He learned a lot from his grandpa and it would serve him well in life, it was called, “scrappin.”
Joe was united in marriage to Vera I. Bateman on May 2, 1942 at St. Joseph, Missouri. Joe entered the U. S. Army on October 12, 1942, serving during WW II with the 96th Division and 3rd Battalion 381st Infantry in the Philippines and Okinawa. He received the purple heart and was honorably discharged on March 19, 1946 after spending nearly a year at O’Reilly General Hospital, Springfield, Missouri.
Joe returned to Red Oak, and with Vera at his side, operated Lindsey Garage and Wrecker Service, where he continued the salvage, scrappin and u-pull-it parts. In the early 1950s, Joe began stock car racing. The racing bug kept Joe captive, racing at Playland Speedway until the early 1960s, when a wreck nearly took his life; he never raced again. In the late 1990s, Joe retired but was still prepared to help if someone needed any parts. Joe was a past Red Oak Volunteer Fire Fighter and past member of the American Legion and V.F.W. of Red Oak. Joe moved to Mount Ayr in May of 2015 to be closer to his daughter.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Vera on March 10, 2009; daughter, Jackie on July 1, 2004; granddaughter, Shelley and great-grandson, Triston.
Joe is survived by his daughter, Judy Cooper and husband Jerry of Tingley, IA; two grandchildren: Jeff Cooper and wife Julie of Grand Junction, IA and Julie Ackley and husband Jason of Tingley, IA; great-granddaughter, Hanna Ackley; other relatives and friends.
May God bless his memory and give strength to those who mourn.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 23, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home in Red Oak, Iowa with Rev. Ronald Bupp officiating. Burial with Military Rites was at Evergreen Cemetery, in Red Oak, Iowa.
The family requests memorials to Hospice of Central Iowa in lieu of flowers. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.sldfuneralhome.com
Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2017