Joseph ' Joe' A. McCleary
February 28, 1930 - June 21, 2017
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JOSEPH MC CLEARY
MUSCATINE, Iowa - Joseph 'Joe' A. McCleary, 87, passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at the Bettendorf Health Care Center.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the St. Mathias Church. A time of food and fellowship will follow the mass at Gannon Hall. Following the luncheon burial will take place in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. on Monday, June 26, 2017, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Ss. Mary and Mathias Catholic School. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com


Joe was born on February 28, 1930, in Muscatine, the son of Joseph and Dorothy Burroughs McCleary. He married Jo Ann Fabrizius on October 4, 1953, at the St. Mary's Church in Muscatine.

He worked for Davenport Cement as a laborer and after 30 years retired in 1987, as Plant Superintendent. He was a produce farmer for years owning and operating Joe's Market on South Highway 61.

He was a member of the Ss. Mary and Mathias Parish and served as a trustee for St. Mary Church. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge and was an avid hunter.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Jo Ann McCleary of Bettendorf; two daughters, Debbie McCleary of Silvis, Illinois, and Peggy McCleary of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two brothers, Howard 'Pete' McCleary and wife, Beatrice, of Muscatine, and Thomas McCleary and wife, Clara, of Muscatine; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Richard McCleary.
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Date & Time

Mon, June 26, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Location

Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home
1931 Houser Street
Muscatine, Iowa 52761


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Tue, June 27, 2017
10:00 AM


Location

St. Mathias Church
215 West Eighth Street
Muscatine, Iowa 52761


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Becky
Jun 29, 2017

My sympathy is with you all. I remember the smile that he always had. He always shared melons and corn with us at the office. We always shared a laugh even when he was not feeling well. again my sincere Sympathy Nurse B... more

Jun 29, 2017
My sympathy is with you all. I remember the smile that he always had. He always shared melons and corn with us at the office. We always shared a laugh even when he was not feeling well. again my sincere Sympathy Nurse Becky (formally with Dr Smith)

Becky
Laura
Jun 27, 2017

We are so sorry for your loss. Losing loved ones is always hard. We are wishing you comfort. May you find peace in all of your wonderful memories of him. Laura and Jeff Behrens

Debbie McCleary
Jun 27, 2017

Dad I will miss watching Steelers and Hawkeyes games with you. Love Debbie

Peggy McCleary
Jun 27, 2017

Thanks for being the one thing I could always count on. So lucky that you were my father. Love you, Daddy

Barbara Blake
Jun 27, 2017

Dear Peggy, my condolences on the passing of you Dad. It's hard to let go of our loved ones and my thoughts and prayers are with you

Jerri & Charlie Nelson
Jun 26, 2017

Peggy, we are so very sorry to hear about your father's passing. Our thoughts are with you, Debbie and your mother. We're sorry we can't be there and wish you comfort, peace and strength. Charlie and Jerri Nelson

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