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Joe Marsel

October 25, 1941 - October 3, 2014


On Friday October 3, 2014, Joseph (Joe) Marsel of Oliver passed away at the South Okanagan General Hospital at the age of 72 years. He was born on October 25, 1941 in Victoria, BC and  raised in Olalla, BC.

Predeceased by father, mother, brothers Sonny and Bert; sisters Linda and Lila.

Joe will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years, Marilyn; three children Roxy (Darcy) Dunford, Cindy (Rick) Smallwood, and Andy (Samantha) Marsel; grandchildren – Thomas, Drew, Nate, Tanaya, Kalli, Tyson, Reese, and Violet; siblings – Kay, Nancy, Rose, Dolly, Diane, Len, Nina, Dan, Pete, and Wendy and their spouses as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and their families.

Working was Joe's hobby… he started working at a very young age, ground cropping in Olalla.  At age 14, (saying he was 16), he got a job with the paving crew, paving the highway into Oliver.  When that job finished, he continued working in Oliver, and in fact, Oliver became Joe's home.  In 1961, Joe married Marilyn Cook, and raised their family Roxy, Cindy and Andy. They bought their first home on the corner of Highway 97 and Island Rd.  They later built a new home, again on this same corner piece, a little further back from the highway. 

Joe started working with Fred Hack, doing landscaping within the town of Oliver and working his second job at the Oliver Sawmills.  By working these two jobs, he worked 13 months that year! Joe went on to work for 'Bob Iverson Logging'.  This business sold to 'Bill Taylor' and Joe became a Loader Operator.  When Oliver Sawmills closed, Joe ran with his passion for logging, and started his own business 'Marsel Logging' contracting for Weyerheauser Canada.

As Weyerheauser was closing, Joe very slowly gave up logging and started 'Marsel & Son Trucking', supplying landscaping materials, and bringing son Andy, into the family owned & operated business.

Though Joe & Marilyn travelled to many parts of the world, Oliver was their home.  Joe was always there for his family or whomever else needed a hand.

Joe worked hard and played hard.  This was his motto!

Celebration of life will be held at Oliver Community Centre on Saturday October 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm — 6359 Park Drive, Oliver, BC   Prior to this, a Private Family gathering at the Marsel Cemetery, Olalla, BC

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Ernie & Kay
Relation: friend

Dear Marilyn, Roxy, Cindy, Andy and families.
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
Joe will be greatly missed but his warmth, kindness and gentle spirit will be remembered forever.

From: John and Darlene Chapman
Relation: friend of family

You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

From: blaine and joan nunweiler
Relation: old friend

Marilyn and family, So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He always had a big grin and was great to do business with,very dedicated to clientel in Oliver.

From: Russell & Wendy Streeter
Relation: Friend

Marilyn and family sorry for your loss our thoughts are with you.

From: Dennis & Jean Tomlin
Relation: friends

Marilyn,special thoughts go out to you and your family at this difficult time. Joe was a special guy that will always be appreciated for all those times he was there for everyone.

From: Ernie and Betty Dunn
Relation: friends

Our sympathy to Marilyn and all the family. Our pleasure knowing Joe from the time we arrived in Oliver 1995. We will remember mostly the fun we had when we met so many of the family at the Carp Off.

From: Silbernagel Family
Relation: Family friends

So very sorry to hear of your loss. Our sincere condolences.

From: Janet Horiachka
Relation: family friends

Many fond memories of being a passenger in a logging truck that was being loaded by Joe. As soon as he knew I was in the truck, he would grab it with the loader and shake the supreme s__t out of it, usually waking me up because it would be at an hour of stupid, (like 3 am ). Oh how he would laugh and tell me, I had made his day. Memories like these will keep Joe alive in our hearts. Know that your friends support and walk beside you, and that memories are the greatest gift……cherish them and draw on them when you are feeling sad,because all you have to do is remember Joe’s smile, and it will be sure to bring a smile 🙂

Relation: old old friend of Marilyn

my heart aches for your family Marilyn and am also happy that Joey will not be in anymore pain. I want to wrap my arms around you and hold you tight and tell you to be strong as you can be. Easier said then done some times. Love your old old friend Marlene

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
October 11, 2014
Beginning at 2:00pm

Oliver Community Centre
6359 Park Drive
Oliver, BC Canada

Celebration of life will be held at Oliver Community Centre on Saturday October 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm — 6359 Park Drive, Oliver, BC Prior to this, a Private Family gathering at the Marsel Cemetery, Olalla, BC

6359 Park Drive
Oliver, BC Canada

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