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Joseph W. Girres 1910-2010

Aug 5, 2010

Funeral service for Joseph W. Girres of Emmetsburg is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. Concelebrants are the Rev. Clem Currans, the Rev. Ed Girres and the Rev. Dan Guenther.

Burial will be in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge.

Mr. Girres, 99, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, at the Emmetsburg Care Center.

Joseph William Girres, son of Cornelius and Ann (Schumacher)?Girres, was born Sept. 19, 1910, near Mallard. Joe received his education at St. Mary’s Catholic School. In 1930 he began working on the new high school in Emmetsburg, doing brick work.

On Oct. 24, 1931, Joe Girres and Viola Austin were married in Emmetsburg. Joe drove truck for M.H. Firkins and later worked for Julius Skow. He was employed by the city police department for five and a half years and in 1943 he worked on the Alcan Highway.

In the fall of 1943 Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served in the South Pacific during World War II. Joe was also a talented boxer.

Joe returned to Emmetsburg in November 1945 and went back to work as a brick layer until 1947. In January 1951 Joe earned his private pilot’s license.

Joe worked for Iowa Public Service and became a line foreman. In 1973 he was elected Palo Alto County Sheriff. He served eight years and retired Jan. 1, 1981. After retirement, he drove cars for Ken Krause.

Joe was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. He was active in VFW Post #2295 and served in the Color Guard for funeral services. He was also a member of D.A.V. Joe served on the Emmetsburg Fire Department from 1938 to 1972 and held a seat on the City Council.

Surviving are his children, Max (Rosanne)?Girres of Grundy Center and Janis Brennan of Emmetsburg; 11 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and eight great, great grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, Bernard Girres of Portland, OR, and a sister, Rita Joynt of Mason City.

Joe Girres was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Viola; a daughter and her husband, Patricia and John Kliegl; son-in-law, Tom Brennan; three sisters, Sally Clark, Eleanor Girres and Olivia Kliegl; four brothers, Arnold, Cletus, Leo and Dick Girres; and great granddaughter,?Heather McNally.

Condolences can be left at: www.martinmatticefuneralhome.com