Joseph Spahr, 80, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, at Jones Regional Medical Center following a sudden illness. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10, at Peace United Church of Christ, Monticello, with interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call from
4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello. You may access the live service by going to www.goettschonline.com and then by clicking the Watch Our Live Services on the Facebook button which will direct you to Goettsch's Facebook page. You may also sign the guest book or leave a condolence at www.goettschonline.com. Memorials may be made to Jones Regional Medical Center COPD department, Peace United Church of Christ or the Monticello Conservation League.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra; his children, Marcey (Mike) Muller, Monticello, and Phillip Spahr, San Angelo, Texas, and his friend Karin; his grandchildren, Raymond (Emily Webb) Spahr, Franklin, Ohio, and Madelyn and P.J. Spahr, Ballinger, Texas; his sister, Ruth (Bob) Zirkelbach, Monticello; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Mark Joseph, in 1964; two brothers, Charles and Robert Spahr; and in-laws, Winnoa Dierks, Wilma McNeilly, Pearl Dabbs, Wanda Hodges, Duane Harford, Rollo Harford and Carol Hansen.
Joseph Lee Spahr was born Aug. 21, 1940, in Monticello, Iowa. He was the son of Austin and Helen E. Van Buren Spahr. Joe graduated from Monticello Community Schools in 1958, where he was active in 4-H, football and band. He worked for Cuckler Buildings for a year before he started farming in 1959. He married Sandra Harford on Feb. 22, 1959, at First Presbyterian Church, Monticello. The couple farmed until 2009. They built a new home and moved to Monticello in 2010.
Joe was active in Peniel Presbyterian Church, he served as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church and then joined Peace United Church in 2002. He was a 4-H leader and served on several 4-H committees. Joe joined the Farm Bureau in 1959 and was on the board for 30-plus years. He was a member of the Monticello Conservation League for 60 years and treasurer for 28 years. He also served on the Jones County Pork Board. Joe was a member of Chapter 5 of the International Harvester Collectors Club. He still had his 1955 International pink and black pickup truck. He was also a Cornelius seed corn salesman for 50 years. Joe worked with the Iowa Farm Bureau to have a corn drive to raise money for the extension of the Jones Regional Medical Center. He also helped design the COPD clinic in the new extension.