Joe  Israel, Jr.

Joe Louis Israel, Jr.

Tuesday, October 26th, 1943 - Monday, September 7th, 2020
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Joe Louis Israel, Jr.
October 26, 1943 – September 7, 2020

Joe Louis Israel, Jr., 76, of Stephenville, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, September 7, 2020 in Clinton, Arkansas. He will be awaiting in Heaven for the reunion with friends and family on the Streets of Gold

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel, with Mark Butcher officiating. Burial will follow at Johnson Cemetery. The Israel family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM Friday at Stephenville Funeral Home.

We are here to celebrate the life of Joe Louis Israel, Jr. He was born to Joe and Ruth Tally Israel in Blum,Texas on October 26, 1943. Joe married his high school sweetheart, Linda Messina. God blessed them with 58 years of marriage. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, and father of three precious girls that he dearly loved. Joe was dedicated to the community, and was a proud owner of Israel Roofing.

Joe is survived by wife, Linda; daughters Cyndie Sanders and husband Rick, Debbie Sulkowski and husband Chuck, and Stacey Joelle Rangel and husband Jose; grandchildren, Tim, Heather, Lindsey, Micah, Melanie, Johnathon, Matthew, and MaKayla; and 13 great grandchildren.

Also surviving are siblings, Carl Israel, Brenda Whites, Kathi Thompson, and Lanny Israel.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Ruth Israel; sister, Tammy Sue Wilson; and in-laws Joe and Imogene Messina.

The Israel family wishes expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to the Turnbow-Higgs American Legion Post 240 in Stephenville.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 11th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, September 11th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Stephenville Funeral Home
    120 W. South Loop
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  • Service

    Saturday, September 12th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, September 12th, 2020 1:00pm
    Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel
    120 W. South Loop
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  • Interment

    Johnson Cemetery
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Carolyn Chapman

Posted at 10:18pm
Our thoughts and prayers have and continue to be with you all during this difficult time. With cherish the many wonderful memories of our times together. May God embrace you all with His love and grace.
Harold and Carolyn Chapman

Deborah Sulkowski Posted at 02:43pm

Thank you Carolyn. I have so many happy memories with our families together, especially growing up in the same church, church camp, and sleep over. We love you. Thank you for singing duets with my daddy in church. It meant a lot to him.


Posted at 09:59am
Growing up with the Israel family was some of the best time of my life, at times some of them live with us and then we turned around and lived with them. Family was family and we laughed and played, had good times and bad times, and my love for all of them has and will carry on for the rest of my life. Losing the ones that means the most to us is never easy, but somehow God sees us through it, because with his love we know we will see them again and we know that they are in that place with him. It makes us strive to be good and love one another so that we will walk in the heavens of beauty. May our Lord be with all the family and give them strength and peace, to sit beside each other with love. I will miss Jr and know I will see him one day again.

Deborah Sulkowski Posted at 02:46pm

Thank you cousin. We have so many memories like playing poker, noodling in the Brazos river at Dennis, playing in the river. I could go on and on. Daddy loved yall dearly. I guess your momma is the oldest living Israel. Maybe we can get a reunion together one of these days. Love you.

Dwight Williams

Posted at 05:55pm
My thoughts and prayers for the family during this difficult moment.

Deborah Sulkowski Posted at 02:47pm

Thank you Dwight. It means a lot to us. We believe in the power of prayer and the comfort that the Lord can bring to our grieving hearts.

Lorena Reyna

Posted at 05:53pm
Debbie, I am deeply sorry for your loss, May he rest in peace. Blessings of strength for the family. Lorena Reyna

Deborah Sulkowski Posted at 02:48pm

Thank you Lorena. Yes his body (with COPD and dementia) is now at peace and he is present with his Lord and Savior

Valerie Saldivar

Posted at 05:53pm
Our hearts are heavy for your family's loss Debbie for your father; as the Bible says Mourn with those who Mourn and rejoice with those who rejoice, there's a time for everything under the sun, good times and sad ones, we are here for you anything you need, We love you.
Valerie Saldivar

Deborah Sulkowski Posted at 02:49pm

Thanks Val, the Word of God is very comforting. You are not only my co-worker, but a dear friend. I love you girl.

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