Joe Martin Showalter

THAYER — Joe Martin Showalter, 70, of Thayer died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, at Robert Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita.

Joe was born on Oct. 31, 1950, in Parsons the son of Charles Marion Showalter and Wilma Helen (Bailey) Showalter.

Raised on the family farm near South Mound, Joe attended South Mound Grade School through eighth grade. He graduated from Erie High School in 1968. He attended Neosho County Community Junior College and Wichita Technical Institute, where he studied television communications. He enjoyed working as a cameraman at a TV station in Wichita during and after his studies.

Joe joined the Army in February 1970. After basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he was stationed at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, for radio/television communications training. Joe was honorably discharged in December 1971.

He owned and operated Joe Showalter Construction until his retirement due to health issues. He was a fair and honest businessman, answering calls day and night to help customers with HVAC problems.

Joe was a member of Faith Bible Church and American Legion Post No. 170, both in Chanute. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, racing cars and playing golf.   

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles Marion Showalter Jr. and his wife, Joyce (Burnett) Showalter; and a brother-in-law, Joseph Cook.

Joe is survived by three daughters, Michele Showalter of Olathe, Mary Showalter-Osborn of Adel, Iowa, and her children, Christian Swiler (Kelsey Farmer-Swiler) of Adel, Iowa, and Kiley Osborn of Ankeny, Iowa, and Cortney Kante (Moussa Kante) and son Nasir of Dallas. Also surviving are a sister, Ronda Cook of Manhattan; and a brother, Ren Showalter (Carrol Showalter) and daughter Kristen Andrews (Chris Andrews) and granddaughter Aubree, all of Parker, Colorado.

Joe and his dry and witty sense of humor will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Cremation has taken place. The family will have a private inurnment in Thayer Cemetery at a later date. 

Instead of flowers, the family requests memorials to American Legion Post No. 170. They may be mailed to Countryside Funeral Home, 101 N. Highland, Chanute, KS 66720.

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