Joseph F. Carr

Joseph F. Carr

April 5, 1926 – April 5, 2021      

Joseph Franklin Carr “Joe” was born on April 5, 1926 and returned to the loving arms of his family in heaven on April 5, 2021.
Joe was raised in Allen, Nebraska.  He enjoyed his time with his family growing up on the farm and was active in the Allen Schools where he was involved with the Future Farmers of America Club.  

After high school graduation, Joe served in the Army as a Surgical Technician and was stationed in Korea at the end of World War II.  For his service, Joe received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, and Army of Occupation Medal.

Joe returned to the United States and moved to Omaha, Nebraska where he met and married Betty Berniece (nee Zurcher).  Their love for each other and Joe’s devotion to Betty was immeasurable.  Joe and Betty had one son, Dan, and two daughters, Cindy and Sherry.  He became a diesel mechanic and
worked for Mobil Oil until retirement.  Joe had many interests, including a member of the National Field Archery Association where he won an award for shooting the highest score of any free style archer in the Championship Tournament.  He enjoyed many activities as a family man such as camping,
fishing, astronomy, woodworking, and classical music.  As a classical music buff, Joe attended the Omaha Symphony Orchestra concert on many occasions.  Our family vacation, for many memorable years, was spent camping and sightseeing on the North Shore of Lake Superior up to Grand Marais, Minnesota.

Later in life, Joe enjoyed many other activities including concrete sculpting, metal detecting, and bird watching.  Most of all, Joe enjoyed spending time with his family on camping and fishing trips, traveling through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Illinois, attending concerts, and family reunions.

Most notably, Joe was and will always be Dad, our mentor in life, our role model, our guardian, provider, and protector, the family foundation, our beloved father on earth.

Life is a mission that God gives you.  It begins on your earthly birthday and ends on your heavenly birthday.  Dying on your birthday indicates that you have completed your God-given earthly mission.

Joe was preceded in death by parents, Joseph Horace Carr and Anna Floy Carr; wife, Betty Berniece; brothers Duane and Gary Carr; grandchildren, Jesse P. and Tiffany R. Greise.  He is survived by sisters, Norma Kimbell and Marge Fredrickson; son, Daniel J. Carr (Mary); daughters, Cynthia D. Greise (Patrick), and Sheryl L. Merrill (Eric); grandchildren: Alex, David, Evan, Nora, Shane, Steve, Tony, Mary, Kirayle, Jenny, Cassie, Whitney, Emily, Madeline; and 22 great-grandchildren.

FUNERAL SERVICE observing CDC guidelines:  Monday, April 19th at 10:30am at the West Center Chapel.  Interment:  Evergreen Cemetery with Military Honors by the US Navy and Millard American Legion Post 374 and VFW Post 8334.  Memorials are suggested to Disabled American Veterans (DAV).



  • faith keil Posted April 8, 2021 1:05 pm

    So sorry to hear of Joe’s death. My sympathy to all the family. Paul Carr called me to tell me about the obit. in the paper. I’d appreciate a chance to read the complete story of his life, Faith

    • Sherry (Carr) Merrill Posted April 8, 2021 7:19 pm

      Yes Faith, we have more information coming soon on my Dad’s story. Thank you for your condolences.

      • faith keil Posted April 20, 2021 6:51 pm

        I received a call from Deenete Von Minden and she would like a funeral folder or obit to put in the American Legion scrap book she keeps on all the Veterans from this area. I would also like one or get one to me and I will see that she gets a copy. Faith Keil Box 276 Allen, Ne. 68710

  • Kim Harman Posted April 12, 2021 9:18 am

    Dan, Cindy ,Sherry and Family, Uncle Joe as he was one of the kindest and most loving person I know. So many happy and fun memories of your dad and mom. What a remarkable man! Love to all of you!

  • Floyd and Gail Shenfield Posted April 13, 2021 10:55 am

    We are going to miss our friend and neighbor. We solved many of the world problems while visiting over the fence. He was such a kind and gentle man. Rest in peace Joe.

  • Jon Hirz Posted May 12, 2021 1:42 pm

    Dear Family, So sorry to read of Joe’s passing. I worked with Joe for several years when he was the truck mechanic at the Mobil Oil Terminal in Omaha. I truly don’t know what we would have done without him. He was a wonderful person and mechanic. He taught me a lot of things about the trucks. May he rest in peace.

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