Joe was born on September 12, 1937, in Beech Grove, IN to Robert and Leona Roell. The 9th of 10 children, he treasured the support of his loving and close family throughout his life.
Father of 6, Dad will always be remembered for the unusual nicknames he bestowed on his children, his zany culinary creations, his love of dogs, classical music, old stuff and his desire to help others.
In 1959, Joe joined the U.S. Air Force as an Aviation Cadet, he was commissioned as a navigator and went on to become a pilot. He served as a pilot instructor and flew 110 combat missions in Vietnam where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Joe retired from the Air Force in 1979.
In 1979, Joe entered medical school and graduated in 1983. Practicing medicine was a life-long dream. As a physician he took care of patients in many of Texas’ rural communities before settling in Beeville, where he practiced for many years and cared for many of his friends and their families.
On April 10, 2010, Joe married Veva Stapleton, who has been his loving companion for the past 9 years. With her loving care, Joe was able to remain at home until his peaceful passing.
Joe is survived by his wife, Veva; his six children; two stepchildren and their spouses, Jeanne (Monte) Brown, Joseph (Brandi) Roell, Susan (Martin) Garza, Andrew (Deborah) Roell, Thomas (Beth) Roell, Philip (Sharon) Roell, Cherie (Michael) Zbranek and Ashton Stapleton. He is the proud grandfather of Derek, Collin, Taylor, Zoie, Joseph III, Noah, Aidan, Jenna, Jacqueline, Jacob, Erica, Sydni, Evan, Rachael, Elly and Saphyra. His surviving family members include his siblings, Robert (Wilma) Roell, Dode Roell, Pauline (Dick) Weeks, Paul (Patricia) Roell and Timothy (Heike) Roell. He has many beloved nieces and nephews who survive him as well. Dad joins his parents, Robert and Leona and his siblings, Marina, Lucille, Leo, Charles and William, whom he looked to in life and beyond for love and guidance.
A memorial Mass was held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14th, 2010, at St. James Catholic Church in Beeville, TX. Friends and acquaintances are invited.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Joseph C. Roell to St. Jude’s Hospital.
Pax vo biscum, Dad. We love you.