Joseph E Marlett
Joseph E Marlett of Wentzville, Mo., died May 8, 2019, at St. Joseph Hospital West at Lake St. Louis.
He was born in Warm Springs, Ark., on February 7, 1931, to Emmett and Easter (Dalton) Marlett.
He attended the Brakebill School and Maynard HS until he joined the US Army at 17, where he completed his GED. He entered the US Army in 1947, serving in the infantry and fighting in the Korean War. While in Korea he was decorated multiple times for his actions, earning two Bronze Stars, the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. He retired after serving 20 years in the infantry, which included a tour in Okinawa, a second tour in Korea and was stationed at Fort McClellan, AL, and Fort Knox, KY, while serving stateside.
He also worked and retired from International Harvester in Louisville, KY, where he worked as a laborer and then served as a union committeeman. He was an avid bass fisherman, hunter and accomplished Birmingham Roller Pigeon competitor and judge earning a spot in the Roller Pigeon Hall of Fame.
He married Margaret Frances Pavlock in Anniston, AL in 1953. They were married 46 years. They had three children, Leisa, Steff and Joseph ll. After his first wife’s passing, he married Marita King Phipps in 2001. They enjoyed 18 happy years before his passing.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Emmett, Gerald, Buddy, Jack and sister, Josephine as well as his son, Steff Emmett Marlett.
He is survived by his wife, Marita; children, Leisa Barnhart (Wesley), Joseph E Marlett ll (Lisa); stepchildren, Ronald Phipps, Linda Bonifield (Paul), Kathy DeShaney (Don); along with 14 grandchildren, 21 greatgrandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation was at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas, AR, on Monday, May 13, 2019, from 5 – 7 p.m. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Harmon Seawel and Ligie Waddell Jr. officiating. Interment followed at the Dalton Cemetery near Warm Springs.