TRIBUTE TO JOE A. STASER
Joe was born into a farming family in Lyons, Indiana,
on April 26, 1932, the third of four boys. He attended Michigan State University on a gymnastics scholarship, becoming
the team's captain as well as the captain of the cheerleaders. He created Michigan State's first Sparty head mascot
out of paper-mache and designed an award winning float for the 4-H club. He also sang in
the Plymouth Congregational Church choir in Lansing, where he met a 15 year old by the
name of Judy Reynolds. This was in 1951.
Upon graduation from MSU in 1954 he entered the U.S. Air Force and became a B-47 bomber pilot
in the Strategic Air Command. After completing his active duty obligation, Joe took a job with
General Motor's Oldsmobile Division as a Sales Promotion Specialist in Lansing, MI. He and Judy
reconnected at Christmas in 1957 and were married in June, 1958.
Thirty-two years, eight cities, many church choirs, and a number of promotions later he retired
from one career to continue in a second one -- the creation of J & J Antiques, enjoying 12 years
of English travel buying antiques. After his second retirement he and Judy traveled extensively.
In 1999 Judy became a charter member of New Horizons Band - Dallas. In about 2007 Joe became
the band's soloist for "God Bless America" and our National Anthem, which was played at almost
every concert. He continued singing until Alzheimer's took his health to the point where he
could no longer sing.
The couple raised three children and countless dogs, cats, and assorted creatures. Passionate
about working with his hands, Joe constantly volunteered his talents if construction was
involved. In his last 8 years he also began drawing abstract art work, some of which has been
made into lovely note cards.
Joe passed on February 17, 2016. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great
grandfather. He is survived by his wife Judy, 3 children, David (Monica), Joy (Glenn) and
Brian (Julie), 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.