Joe Doepel

Joe A. Doepel

Tuesday, January 24th, 1933 - Wednesday, September 16th, 2020
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"A tough, strong, and capable man with a big, dependable heart, Joe A. Doepel, age 87, of Miamisburg, passed away on Wednesday, September 16th, 2020. He’s having a great big family reunion in heaven right now.

Joe was born January 24th, 1933 to Harmon Doepel and Mae (McCall) Doepel in Chevrolet, Kentucky. After graduating from Hall High School, Joe joined the United States Air Force. He was stationed in different places all over the world and that is where he met his Irish bride of nearly 65 years. He was honored to serve his country in Vietnam. At the rank of Master Sergeant, he retired after 22 years of service to his country, Following his military career, he became employed as a Machinist at General Motors where he worked for over 20 years. He loved his work and was always able to design and build a tool for any job or function.

Joe had a strong fondness for the outdoors, particularly fishing, and always liked to keep busy, from maintaining a pristine yard to activities with the family, he never slowed down. He loved to restore cars, teaching the kids and grandkids many of his tricks along the way. He completed work on many cars over the years including a '66 Stingray, '57 T-Bird, a handful of MGB’s and a '95 Del Sol. For many years, the family enjoyed going to Gatlinburg annually for the car show.

His knowledge wasn't just limited to cars, he also taught each of the grandkids how to fish and swing a bat. He enjoyed many trips to Ceaser's Creek for fishing, boating, skiing, and tubing, and was even able to take similar trips to Michigan. Joe also loved Baseball, always following the Reds and any team one of the kids was playing on, even playing himself on a co-ed softball team until the age of 75.

He was an amazing golfer, dog-lover, a story-teller, a problem solver, and a truly cherished man. While in the military, his travels allowed him to pursue his passion for fishing in both fresh and saltwater, where he caught salmon, trout, bass, gar, tuna, cobia, blue fish, tarpon, etc.

Joe's dependability, willingness to help, and unabashed love for life will be missed by his wife, Sarah (Baxter) Doepel, children Allen (Jill Gibbs-Doepel) Doepel, Sande (Tony) Parrott, and Angi (Sol) Gomez, grandchildren Trisha Doepel, Kent Doepel, Jesse (Michelle) Parrott, Mark (Angel) Parrott, Michael (Morgan) Gomez, Stephanie (Corey Smith) Gomez, and Alexis Gomez, great-grandchildren Cohen, Lucas, Livia, Abby, Julia, Mark, Liam, Riley, Easton, Solo, Lincoln, and Mia, and siblings Jim (Sherry) Doepel and Revina Doepel-Pizzino.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents Harmon and Mae Doepel, siblings Ernest Doepel, R.T. Doepel, Delena Ramey, and Regina Moore.

You are invited to share stories and remember Joe during a Celebration of Life service at SouthBrook Christian Church at Reverie Chapel (9095 Washington Church Rd. Miamisburg, OH 45342) on Monday, September 21st at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project (P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516). To help the family celebrate his life you are invited to use Joe's online Book of Memories to share photos, condolences, and memories on his tribute wall at"

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  • Celebration of Life Service

    Monday, September 21st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, September 21st, 2020 11:00am
    South Brook Christian Church at Reverie Chapel
    9095 Washington Church Road
    Miamisburg, Ohio 45342
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  • Interment

    Monday, September 21st, 2020 |
    Monday, September 21st, 2020
    Dayton National Cemetery
    West Third St.
    DAYTON, OH 45428
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    Private family burial only.


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Karen Kitts

Posted at 09:13am
My thoughts and prayers are with Joe’s family. I have been his neighbor for 20 years and have had the privilege of admiring his beautiful yard that he so meticulously maintained. Joe would snow blow my sidewalk, cut down trees, he even put out a fire on the outside breaker box of my house. I never asked for any of this - he just did it. That was the kind of man he was. Always offering a friendly hello or wave when I would see him while walking my dog. I will miss my neighbor.

RC McDonald

Posted at 03:04pm
With our love, sympathy and prayers. May God bless you. -the Crossroad Baptist Church Family, New Carlisle.
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Wilson W Wilson

Posted at 11:17am
i met Joe over 20 years ago. he was one admirable man My mind is remembering the song 🎶Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?🎶 Song by Paula Cole
Joe strong hard soft kind what a great man Yes as Apostle Paul said
"absent from the body And at home with the Lord" Paul writing about the temporary nature of physical life And Joe ROCKED the physical world!
Joe walked the walk talked the talk a human being with the nature of a spirit being NOW going from physical to spirit ‘Death is swallowed up in VICTORY’
CELEBRATING Joe and all those he loved 💜

Carol and Jerry Zmyslo

Posted at 10:16am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Rita Parrott

Posted at 04:20pm
I'm so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I know he will be sincerely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this sad time Rita and family

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