Joseph R. Ivory, 87, of Fort Dodge passed away Sunday, October 7, 2012 at the Trinity Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October, 11, 2012 at Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home and at 10:30 a.m. a Mass of Christian Burial will be at Sacred Heart Church, officiated by Msgr. Kevin McCoy. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Duncombe, where Full Military Rites will be presented by the V.F.W. Post 1856. A visitation will be 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home where there will be a K. of C. Rosary at 4:00 p.m.
Joseph is survived by his wife, Rita; children, Cynthia Fenner of Chicago, IL; Robert Ivory; Timothy (Brenda) Ivory; Dennis Ivory all of Fort Dodge; and Douglas (Linda) Ivory of Omaha, NE; step-children, Ann Johnston of Rogers, AR; Katherine Gaster of Watertown, WI; Nancy Weiss of Rockwell City; Suzan Runyon of Adel; John Doyle of Linden; Joseph Doyle of Huxley and Mary Ohrtman of Fort Dodge; 6 grandchildren; 30 step-grandchildren; 27 step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Kayser and Patricia Peterson both of Fort Dodge.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Sophia (Stang) Ivory; sisters, Janice and Eileen Ivory, Alice Clary, Mary Myer, Marcella Green; brother, Paul Ivory; step-grandson, Sean Runyon, and a step-great-granddaughter, Andrine Marburger.
Joseph Robert Ivory was born May 19, 1925 in Barnum. In 1931 Joseph and his family moved to Fort Dodge, where Joe attended Sacred Heart School. After graduation he then enlisted in the Air Force and served during WWII. From 1945 to 1952 he worked various jobs. He was united in marriage to Joan Berry on May 1, 1954 in Duncombe. Joan passed away in September of 1974. He then was united in marriage to Rita Ann Doyle on July 5, 1975 and the couple established their home in Fort Dodge. Joe worked for National Gypsum for 33 years and retired as a foreman. Following his retirement he worked along with his sons Rob and Tim. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. Joe was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 613, V.F.W. Post 1856, and Holy Trinity Parish. Besides being an avid sports fan, Joe was a caring and compassionate person who will be missed by all who knew him.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.