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JOSEPH PFISTER

 

Joseph Aloys Pfister   

MOUNT VERNON - Joseph Aloys Pfister, 67, of Posey County, passed away at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday, October 25, 2006, at VNA Hospice Center in Evansville.

 

As a youngster he learned to farm helping his dad and brothers. Earning money farming for others plus working in the oil fields enabled him to buy his first automobile at age 16. During his young years, he also groomed, trained and rode show horses in equestrian events and spent some time racing cars in Florida. After graduation from Mount Vernon High School, he joined the U.S. Army and served as a military policeman during the Vietnam War Era.

 

At Caterpillar Tractor Co. in Davenport, Iowa, he began working as a toolmaker and gear technician apprentice and was distinguished as being the highest ranking Caterpillar graduate. After 8 years experience as a machinist, he became a manufacturing engineer supervisor, earned an associate degree from Iowa University and was supervisor of the A.L.T.C. He was a machine shop foreman for Dempster Dumpster Systems in Knoxville, Tenn., and held the same position later at Blaw Knox Milling and Machinery Co. in Wheeling, W.Va.

 

He supported union efforts in his jobs to improve working conditions and benefits for employees and served in leadership capacities for this cause. At Union Carbide Corp.⁄Martin Marietta Energy Systems later know as Lockheed Martin in Oak Ridge, Tenn., he worked as a machinist manufacturing nuclear weapons for the U.S. Government. He then became a chemical operator in enriched uranium recovery operations for the same plant, and was a certified hazardous waste operator.

 

He was a member of the T.O.T.A.C and Road Knights keeping up his lifelong love of automobiles. His interest and hobbies were numerous and diverse. He attempted to and did see most all of nature's creations and the historical sites in the U.S. He attended the Indy 500 every year since his first chance to go in 1954 until his heath began to fail. He liked restoring automobiles, boating, water skiing, snowmobiles, antique memorabilia, photography, traveling by motorhome, specific music selections ranging from Copland to Cash, evolution, ancient history, car shows, steam engine trains, paddlewheel boats, politics, the night sky lights, storms approaching and intellectual conversations. He was a perfectionist in all he set out to do and always believed in being prepared for the unexpected.

 

He was preceded in death by is parents, Maude Viola and Francis Aloysius Pfister, half brothers, Kenneth Duncan and Grover (Junior) Duncan and a half sister, Mary McCollum.

 

Surviving are his wife Sara; sister-in-law, Janet Duncan of Albion, Ill.; cousin, Priscilla Kelly of Mt. Vernon, Ind.; stepsister, Janet Mack of Lake Wales, Fla.; stepsons, Alec Henn of Evansville and Marc Henn of Cincinnati, Ohio; seven stepgrandchildren, Rachel, Aleigha, Marisa, Miriam, Rivers, Brecklyn and Bryson Henn; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Friday, October 27, 2006, at Austin Funeral Home, 1330 East Fourth Street in Mount Vernon, Ind., with Rev. Kenneth Steckler officiating. Burial will be in Bellefontaine Cemetery in Mount Vernon, with military rites.  Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, October 26, and from 10:30 a.m. to service time on Friday at Austin Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Special condolences can be made online at www.austinfuneralhome.com

 

 

AUSTIN FUNERAL HOME OBIT

(June 22, 1939 - October 25, 2006)

 

Joseph Aloys Pfister, 67 of Posey County, passed away at 7:20 am, Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at VNA Hospice Center in Evansville, IN.

 

As a youngster he learned to farm helping his dad and brothers. Earning money farming for others plus working in the oil fields enabled him to buy his first automobile at age 16. During his young years, he also groomed, trained and rode show horses in equestrian events and spent some time racing cars in Florida. After graduation from Mt. Vernon High School, he joined the US Army and served as a military policeman during the Vietnam War Era.

 

At Caterpillar Tractor Co in Davenport, IA he bean working as a toolmaker and gear technician apprentice and was distinguished as being the highest ranking Caterpillar graduate. After 8 years experience as a machinist, he became a manufacturing engineer supervisor, earned an associate degree from Iowa University and was supervisor of the A.L.T.C. He was a machine shop foreman for Dempster Dumpster Systems in Knoxville, TN and held the same position later at Blaw Knox Milling and Machinery Co. in Wheeling, WV. He supported union efforts in his jobs to improve working conditions and benefits for employees and served in leadership capacities for this cause. At Union Carbide Corp.⁄Martin Marietta Energy Systems later know as Lockheed Martin in Oak Ridge, TN, he worked as a machinist manufacturing nuclear weapons for the US Government. He then became a chemical operator in enriched uranium recovery operations for the same plant, and was a certified hazardous waste operator. He was a member of the T.OT.A.C and Road Knights keeping up his lifelong love of automobiles. His interest and hobbies were numerous and diverse. He attempted to and did see most all of natures creations and the historical sites in the U.S. He attended the Indy 500 every year since his first chance to go in 1954 until his heath began to fail. He liked restoring automobiles, boating, water skiing, snowmobiles, antique memorabilia, photography, traveling by motorhome, specific music selections ranging from Copland to Cash, evolution, ancient history, car shows, steam engine trains, paddlewheel boats, politics, the night sky lights, storms approaching and intellectual conversations. He was a perfectionist in all he set out to do and always believed in being prepared for the unexpected.

 

He was preceded in death by is parents, Maude Viola and Francis Aloysius Pfister, half brothers, Kenneth Duncan and Grover (Junior) Duncan and a half sister Mary McCollum.

 

Surviving are his wife Sara; sister-in-law, Janet Duncan of Albion, IL; cousin, Priscilla Kelly of Mt. Vernon, IN; step-sister, Janet Mack of Lake Wales, FL; stepsons Alec Henn of Evansville, IN and Marc Henn of Cincinnati, OH; seven step-grandchildren, Rachel, Aleigha, Marisa, Miriam, Rivers, Brecklyn and Bryson Henn; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Originally submitted by Betty Sellers