JOE H. CHU III was born March 10, 1940 to Joe Chu and Mildred Maddox in Port Gibson, Mississippi. His father served in the United States Military in World War II until 1943. Their family relocated to Chicago, Illinois to begin a new and better life. Joe’s education began at Corpus Christi Grammar School and Corpus Christi High School and upon completion, Joe graduated in June 1958.
Joe began to blaze the trail of his adult life. He believed in patriotism for his country and decided to follow in the footsteps of his father. His military career began with the United States Military in 1961, serving in the United States Airborne in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Joe spent the remainder of his service to this country in Germany. He was a “BIG ARMY BUFF”, and a collector of triple nickel, 555 paraphernalia. Upon retiring from the U.S. Military, Joe decided to reside in the sunshine. He chose to settle down and begin his civilian life in Los Angeles, California, which is known as “the city of Angels.” While in Los Angeles, Joe gained a “best friend” his name was Leroy and he was a parrot, bad, bad Leroy Brown….you know the rest. Joe and Leroy resided a brief time in Seattle, Washington. Family was “very” important to Joe and his siblings were in Chicago. He and Leroy chose to relocate from Seattle, WA. to be near his family. Joe was gainfully employed at the Brownlee Bus Company until he retired.
While maturing in age, Joe was faced with some medical challenges, namely Dementia. Through this adversity, he remained jovial and very engaging with whomever he encountered. His spirit was never challenged, only his mind and his body. He resided at Hillard Towers Senior Development with many friends he socialized with on a regular basis. After a long battle with dementia, on July 1, 2022, Joe made his transition from this earth. Joe is preceded in death by his loving sisters who welcome him with open arms, Jacqueline Lewis, Ouida Chu and stepsister Delories Davis. He leaves to mourn Pat Doke, Sharon, (Eddie) Davis, stepbrother Eric Chu, many nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.
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