Joe Wesley Francis, age 60, of Lamar, passed away Wednesday evening, February 7, 2018, surrounded by loved ones at his home.

     Joe was born January 22, 1958, in Kansas City, Missouri, graduated from Lamar High School in 1976, and earned a nursing degree from Pittsburg State. A natural and compassionate caregiver, Joe touched countless lives throughout his career in Joplin and Carthage hospitals as well as far from home during his 32 years as a medic in the Army National Guard. He was deployed to Iraq in 2008 and served there for 16 months. Regardless of the circumstance that caused their paths to cross, anyone who met Joe was encouraged by his positive outlook, uplifted by his quick wit and sense of humor, confident in knowing they had met a friend whose word could be trusted, and were truly blessed by time spent with Joe.

     On September 10, 1984, Joe married Lori Kennell, and they made their home and raised their two daughters in Lamar. Joe’s remarkable life legacy is evidenced by the priority he placed on relationships and the devotion he had for God, his family, friends, co-workers, and patients. He chose recreation that could be shared with friends and family, whether watching his beloved St. Louis Cardinals, golfing with his favorite girls, coaching youth baseball, or following any sport that involved his kids or grandkids. Active in his community, Joe was a member of Oakton United Methodist Church and Lamar Masonic Lodge, had served on the Barton County Ambulance Board, and was a volunteer fireman for many years.

     Joe was preceded in death by his father, Rex Francis, in 2002.

     Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Lori; his mother, Maxine Francis, Lamar; daughters, Lindsay Lucas, Webb City, and Hannah Jo Francis, of the home; grandchildren, Jackson Lucas, Wyatt and Parker Grace Lucas; his sister, Jill (Marshal) Jenkins, Lamar; parents-in-law, Ken & Lana Barnes, Neosho; sister-in-law, Leslie (Shawn) Maberry, Lamar; nieces and nephews, Lauren (Roman) Lehman, Landon (Taylor) Maberry, Tisha (Fernando) Ramos, and Brian Jenkins; and a large extended family.

     The family will receive friends immediately following a Masonic Rites Ceremony beginning at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 11th at Daniel Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday at Oakton United Methodist Church followed by burial with full military honors at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission in Joplin, Missouri or Oakton United Methodist Church Building Fund in care of the funeral home.



#27 JoplinMark Barlow 2018-02-20 01:33
It was only this evening that I learned of Joe's passing from our presence. He was a shining spirit on this Earth, and will be greatly missed. He was an excellent nurse, mentor, and above all, person. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours as we seek God's comfort in this very difficult time.
#26 Joplin, MOJeanie Harrison 2018-02-17 00:01
My sympathy to Joe's family. We may have only been 3rd cousins, but in my gym heart we were family. Joe was an amazing cousin to hang with when I was younger. He often told me he did not have the knack for women that's why he did not have one in his life. I always would tell him, nah, she just has not come along yet. Be patient she will be there someday. So later he was married and then had a new happy life. Family was important to Joe and so were the patients he took care of. Fly high with the Angels Joe. Just watch out for my sis Joyce Ann. I am so sorry I was not able to be there. I will him a lot. Prayers for his family.
#25 Lamar MOSteve and Sarabelle 2018-02-16 02:07
So sorry for your loss. He was a great guy and a wonderful nurse. He will be missed. The DeWitts
#24 JoplinValerie Box 2018-02-12 19:46
My deepest sympathy to Francis family... know that I am so many others hold you all dear to our hearts
#23 RE: Joe FrancisRobbin Garrett 2018-02-12 19:29
So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers are with you and your family.
#22 LamarKristy Runion 2018-02-12 19:06
Jill, Maxine and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
#21 CarthageMary Jungmann 2018-02-12 18:22
As we said our goodbyes to Joe this morning. I could not help looking around and noticing how loved Joe and his family were. It was a very uplifting service. We know Joe is in a better place, but we will miss him dearly here on earth.
Joe was a wonderful colleague and friend. A truly GOOD Man! Rest in Peace my friend, you have earned it.
#20 Carthage MoJeannie Hill 2018-02-12 13:50
I had the pleasure of working with Joe at McCune Hospital and he was such a great guy! My daughter has been a patient in the ER with Joe as her nurse and she absolutely adored him.. she is going to miss him.. she always asked for Joe or “Ozzy” .. our condolences to his family as well as his work family. God Bless you all..
#19 Arma KSWally Simons 2018-02-11 18:24
Honor to serve Joe. RIP.
#18 Carthage, MoMitzi Bothwell 2018-02-11 10:05
I had the pleasure of working with Joe at the hospital. He could always make me laugh and was very carrying. He will be missed. My prayers are with his family.

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