Joel L. Marsh, age 85 of Deerwood died on April 21, 2020 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. He was born on April 9, 1935 in Pine River to Frank and Amy (Linden) Marsh.
Joel grew up in Nashwauk. He lived in the Hibbing area until moving to Coon Rapids. Joel married Judith Kochevar in 1956. Together they raised their four children. He was employed at Cottons Napa in Anoka and then opened Patrick Michael Supply until he retired to Deerwood.
He was a longtime coach of Anoka Coon Rapids Golden Gloves and a Minneapolis Regional Director, then became President of Upper Midwest Golden Gloves. He was inducted into the National Golden Gloves Coaches Hall of Fame in 2016. He remained active in Golden Gloves until his retirement in 2019.
Joel will be remembered by all for his ready smile and twinkling Irish eyes. He was a natural storyteller often laughing all the way through his own stories. His many nieces and nephews remember well his fun loving ways and the infamous “Donald Duck” voice. His great grandchildren often asked him to "do Donald Duck" which caused fits of giggles. Joel loved to draw pictures and the grandchildren enjoyed watching him. These last few years he spent hours designing his many ideas and building gifts for his kids and grandkids.
For many years Joel enjoyed playing cards, cribbage, and many hours of lawn darts. Although it seemed he always won, everyone still wanted to take him on. Joel enjoyed his family and friends which led to a very full, happy life. He and Judie regularly attended Mass each week and enjoyed many lunches and coffee hours with their friends. He volunteered for the Lion’s Club and the American Legion in Deerwood.
Joel is survived by his wife, Judie; three sons, Joel (Lashell), Patrick (Bonnie), and Terry (Julie) and a daughter, Kathleen (Chris) Conger; grandchildren, Mason Lyons, Abby Langseth, Caitlin Marsh, CJ Conger, Luke Conger, Michael Marsh, Tim Conger, Amy (Conger) Herman and John Conger; sixteen great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Joel in death are his parents; three brothers, four sisters, two nephews and a niece.
A Memorial Mass will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Crosby. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with a Service of Remembrance at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Pine River. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby
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