In Memory of Joseph E. Prieskorn Jr.

Joseph E. Prieskorn Jr.
Joseph E. Prieskorn Jr.
Born: November 14, 1961
Died: November 22, 2014
Age: 53
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Joseph E. Prieskorn Jr.
November 14, 1961 - November 22, 2014
From: Odebolt, IA

Joseph E. Prieskorn, Jr., age 53, of Odebolt, Iowa, formerly of La Plata, Maryland passed away on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Odebolt Nursing & Rehab Center of Odebolt, Iowa, due to complications of ALS.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 29, 2014 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Wall Lake, Iowa. The Father John McGuirk will officiate. Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery of Fonda, Iowa. Visitation will be held on hour prior from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at the St. Joseph Catholic of Wall Lake, Iowa. The Christensen ~ Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to

 Joseph E. Prieskorn Jr. was born November 14, 1961 in Ft. Dodge, IA. He was the son of Joseph Prieskorn and Sandra (Kilbride) Prieskorn. He graduated from Wall Lake High School in 1980 and received a Bachelor of Science from University of Northern Iowa in 1985. Joe spent his career in Maryland and Virginia as a UNIX administrator, senior computer systems engineer, help desk manager and security clearance analyst.

            Joe enjoyed biking, hiking, bowling, movies, music and spending time with loved ones. He will be remembered by family and friends as a courageous, generous, loyal, and honest man. Those left to cherish his memory include his mother Sandra Lichter and step-father Bud Lichter of Arthur, IA; siblings Paula (Tom) Batzer of LaPlata, MD; Patty Campbell of Marshalltown, IA; Pippa (Randy) Fineran of Arthur, IA; Jon Prieskorn (Lindsay) of Mason City; Michelle Frantz of Harrisburg, PA;  and nieces and nephews along with many extended family members.

            Joe was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Prieskorn, grandparents Joseph and Margaret Kilbride, Milton and Agnes Prieskorn and Vivian Prieskorn.

Memorials can be made in Joe's name to; ALS Guardian Angels, 33761 Limerick Lane, San Juan Capistrano, California 92675,; or ALS Association, Iowa Chapter, 900 Mulberry Street, Suite 204, Des Moines, Iowa 50309.


10:00 a.m., Saturday,
November 29,2014
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Wall Lake, Iowa


Father John McGuirk


9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Wall Lake, Iowa


Susan Mein, Organist
Cantor, Joey Hoefling

Solo Selection:

"The Lord's Prayer"

Congrerational Hymns:

"Be Not Afraid"
"Here I Am Lord"
"These Alone Are Enough"
"On Eagle's Wings"


Mt. Zion Cemetery
Fonda, Iowa


Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 3:47 PM
“You don't always have to go through the bad to get to the good, but until you have known the bad, you won't fully understand the good. The main thing is to be courageous and open to the full spectrum of life.
Until we meet again cousin. Love Rick”
- Rick Humpal
Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 3:47 PM
“We are blessed to have known Joe. His smile was contagious and his quick wit priceless. Peace be with you, Joe. You are free. Love to all the family.”
- Richard and Liz Flores
Friday, November 28, 2014 at 11:14 PM
“Joe was such a sweet and inspiring man. I am so honored to have worked with Joe and knew him through his sister Paula. God bless you all, and Joe will be remembered by his kind nature and his achievements. ”
- Kathy White
Friday, November 28, 2014 at 11:13 PM
“We met Joe for the first time when we were invited to go on vacation with Pippa, Randy, Emily and Erin at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Joe, Paula and Tom welcomed us to share the beach house with them all. We had so much fun!!! The memories of that vacation will stay with us forever! And you know what, Joe? Dar still says that the girls in bikinis on the beach were pointing and waving at you two instead of the dolphins in the water behind you guys! We will miss you Joe!”
- Darwin and Carol Johnson
Friday, November 28, 2014 at 3:43 PM
“You always knew how to have fun! We had a lot of good times on vacations and any other time we were together. You taught us a lot. I will never forget you trying to teach Emily and I how to play Sudoku in a hotel room at probably midnight. I think you tried almost every time you saw us to teach us how to juggle, but I still can't get it down! You were always there with no argument whenever I needed help. I always knew who to come to if Mom and Dad said no to me when you were with us! Although it's hard to accept that you're gone already, I'm very grateful for all of the great memories we were able to make with you. I'm thankful that you are no longer suffering, and I bet you're having great times with the rest of the family up in heaven! We love you! ”
- Erin Fineran
Friday, November 28, 2014 at 10:12 AM
“Joe was truly kind, gentle and fun. He was a very special friend to our entire family and we will always remember the many good times together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
- Gerry and Mike McSpaden
Friday, November 28, 2014 at 9:57 AM
“Little Joe,
I will always remember all the family time we spent together over the years. You are a very special cousin and always a gentle person with such a big smile. I will remember our last bingo game and all your winnings. I am glad you are now free of ALS and resting with Jesus.
Your cousin, Greg”
- Greg Humpal
Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 10:43 PM
“Pippa & Family,
Thinking of you.
Sorry to hear of your loss.
Marvin Dirks Jr.
- Marvin Dirks Jr.
Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 8:25 PM
“Forever in my memory.”
- Susan
Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 2:28 PM
“Although it is hard to accept the fact that you are gone, I know you are in a much better place now and no longer suffering from the awful disease that took you from us too soon! I will always remember our many games of Scrabble and Uno and any other games I forced you to play! You were loved by many and will be missed very much. ”
- Emily Fineran
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 9:24 AM
“It is my pleasure to know you Joe. I appreciate your friendship and I am especially grateful for your sincerity.
I wish you well on your new journey to the Truth. Love Uncle John”
- john prieskorn
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 7:00 AM
“If you didn't already know that Joe was an amazing person, reading all the beautiful tributes to him here illustrate what we, his friends and family, have always known. Joe was the kindest, gentlest, most caring person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing--and I feel extremely proud and lucky to say that he was my brother! He taught us all so much. The grace and courage with which he fought his disease amazed me daily. He is now free of the pain and suffering. Love you always, Joe! ”
- Pippa (Prieskorn) Fineran
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 6:59 AM
“I will miss Joe so much!!!! He was a wonderful person. He is in heaven now.May the choirs of angels come to greet you!
- Gloria Mobley
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 6:59 AM
“Although this is a very tough time for Joe's family you have our deepest sympathy but know that Joe received the ultimate gift and that is eternal life in heaven with our Heavenly Father We all hope we can get there someday God bless each and everyone of you, you are in our prayers”
- Bob & Leah Fineran
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 6:59 AM
“Our prayers are with Joe's family. Though the years have passed, I recall fondly having Joe and his sisters in classes at Fonda. What a great family. Joe's smile and personality brightened those days at school. May God bless you and may you hold great memories of Joe in the days, weeks and years ahead. Our thoughts remain with you all. ”
- Randy and Marilyn Schmitt
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 6:59 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with your family. ”
- Janene Herrig Mickel
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 1:10 PM
“Thank you so much to Joe's family for taking such good care of him. Of course, who Joe was already spoke so much about his family and where he came from. Joe made friends everywhere he went. He had all the best qualities you might find in a friend - he was loyal, generous, consistent, patient, honest, positive, adventurous and always helpful to anyone who needed it. Joe was also persistent and ultimately successful at becoming excellent at anything he set his mind to do. I've heard it said that there are only two things worth doing in life - having fun and making the world a better place. Joe was a role model in doing each of those things. Rest in peace, my friend. ”
- Kurt Summer
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 9:22 AM
“It was a privilege to know Joe. I can remember taking him to bingo. Joe loved the game. He helped me play it as Bingo has really changed from what I remember. Joe also liked scratch offs and the lottery. I'm sure he is at peace now and playing those games in heaven. My condolences go out to the family. May God give you peace at this difficult time.”
- Susan wagner
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 9:22 AM
“Joe was a colleague and friend of mine and many others. To his family, he made it known how proud he was of you and from where he grew up. He adored his roots which is a strong testament to the family. I wish I knew you all. Joe always eager to help with ANYTHING. Joe's character is truly an example to which families, communities, states and even nations should aspire. Joe was a great mentor and friend. My sorrow is for our loss of such a soul. My happiness is that he came into our lives. My prayers continue to be with all who were lucky enough to have known him. His mark on us is wonderful and permanent.”
- Billy Milligan
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 9:22 AM
“Uncle Joe you were loved by many and will be missed terribly. I have so many wonderful memories of you that will be cherished forever. I'm glad that you have been set free and are no longer suffering. I bet you're teaching those angels how to juggle. Rest in paradise Joe”
- Rachel Wunschel
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 9:22 AM
“Joe was our friend. A very good friend, a hard working friend, and a friend who possessed many talents (UNIX is not easy!). And Joe loved his obscure progressive rock bands. Rose and I (along with Joe's good friend Tim Kilduff) loved sharing those special listening moments with Joe and we're pretty sure Joe is up there grooving to more obscure tunes right now!
A Toast to Joe and his Spirit! A one of a kind friend in all of the best ways!”
- Mark & Rose & Tim
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 9:22 AM
“To my girlfriend Paula,

I witnessed the love, energy, research, friendship, anguish, and total devotion you gave to your brother; all whole-heartedly. Kuddos to your wonderful husband Tom for being there by your side. He was not only a brother-in-law, he was a best friend. I know he will be greatly missed by the two of you. My regret is I did not get to really know him. Much love. Lynne”
- Lynne Wheeler
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 9:22 AM
“You are at peace now and will never be forgotten.”
- Virgie Nagle
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 6:06 PM
“My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Joe's friends and family. What a great guy and a terrific friend! We shared many memories and laughs. I will always remember you.”
- Mark Miller
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM
“My deepest sympathy for Joe's family. His strife is over and his family and friends can remember him fondly. I know I do!”
- Arlan Willems
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM
“My heartfelt sympathy to Joe's family at this most difficult time! May he rest in peace now.
- Tonya Dupre
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 5:07 PM
“What do I know of my brother, Joe? I know that he is now free from all suffering. I know that he was courageous, honest, brave, kind, gentle and proud to be from Iowa. I know that he was loved by all lucky enough to know him. I know that he was a great brother and friend. I know that I will miss him dearly and that he lives forever in my heart. Peace, brother Joe, my friend and sidekick. ~Paula”
- Paula (Prieskorn) Batzer
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 1:28 PM
“Patty, Pippa and Jon,
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
Karen Morrow”
- Karen Morrow
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 1:09 PM
“We know you are up in heaven teaching all of the other angels to play Mexican Train Dominoes. And we also know that you are playing with Pepper. She likes the Bacon Strips the best for treats. We love you buddy and we will miss you dearly, but we are all happy that the struggle is over. ......until we meet again my friend!”
- Todd Karen Ashly & Mason
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 10:02 AM
“We will miss you Little Joe but the memories of the wonderful times we had together will always be there.
Uncle Danny and Aunt Carol”
- Daniel and Carol Kilbride
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 10:02 AM
“Pippa and all,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Praying the Lord will give you comfort knowing Joe is free from the struggle.
Dixie and Clint”
- Dixie McCuddin
Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 8:44 PM
“You are free now! Love you and you will always be missed.”
- Patty Campbell
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