He was born on November 29, 1952 in Lansing, Michigan to Maurice and Helen (Berger) Monroe.
He attended Webberville High School and graduated with the Class of 1971. Following high school Joe began working for a local gas station. He then went to work as a tool & die technician for Teledyre in Howell. While downstate he had his 2 children Becky and Joe Jr with wife Barb. He moved up to Eagle Harbor with his second wife, Sue. While up in the copper country he worked for Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and YSI. After retiring from YSI, He began working for Keweenaw Memorial Medical Center in the maintenance department. He retired from Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital this past August.
He found and fell in love with Andrea (Freeze) in 2015. Married her December 16, 2018.
Joe enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially fly fishing. He loved tying flies, loved spending time with his dogs and hunting for that perfect agate. He enjoyed spending time outdoors.
He was an avid gun collector, and would also make his own bullets.
Joe was known for his infectious smile. He always had a pocket full of lifesavers and fireball candies which were his favorite!
He enjoyed the people he worked with at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital during his afternoon shifts.
Joe was a member of the Eagle Harbor Township Fire Department and the Calumet Village Fire Department.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Helen Monroe, his brother, Mo Monroe, and his sister, Betty Kidd.
He is survived by:
His wife Andrea of Calumet
his children: Joe (April) Monroe of Hancock
Becky (Mike) Chambers of Webberville, MI
Robert (Jennifer) Freeze of Gwinn
Tiffany Freeze of Atlanta, GA
Ronald (Joyce) Freeze of Grand Rapids
His grandchildren: Joey, Parker, Michaela, Sydney, James, Reilly, Catie (Tyler) Kangas, Cory, Kristin, Kevin, Caroline, Richard, and Emma
His siblings: Lynda (Paul) hetrick
Chris (Deb) Monroe
Steve (Maurine) Monroe
Mary (Bill) Walton
Sister in law- Alice Monroe
Brother in Law- David Kidd
numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins
And friends too many to count.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet with Reverend Laura Eaton to officiate. Friends may call at the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet on Saturday June 15, 2019 from 10:00 am until the time of the service at 11:00.
A small luncheon will be served at the Calumet school commissary after the service.
Another memorial service will also take place in Williamston, Michigan at a future date where Joe will be laid to rest.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.ericksoncrowleypeterson.com