Joseph Eugene Podrabsky went into God's loving arms on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, surrounded by his family. He will be truly missed by his sweet bride of 59 years, Laurel Louise Dunn Podrabsky of Mountain Home; his son and his wife and family, Joseph and Leanne Podrabsky of Lewiston, Idaho, granddaughter Jody and Andy Koontz, of Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Oakley, A.J. and Blaze, Joseph L. Podrabsky of Sugar Grove NAS, W.V., and Justin Podrabsky of Moscow, Idaho; his daughter and her husband and family, Jackie and Jeff Day, Heather, Kelsey, and Jared of Mountain Home; his daughter and her husband and family, Julie and Mark Travis of Mountain Home, Matthew and Traci Travis of San Angelo, Texas, and Katie and Jesse Johnson of Boise, Idaho; his granddaughter and her husband and family, Heather and Jim Lewis, Mathew, Shawn, and McKenna of Mountain Home; his sister and her family, Laurene Auxier of Little Elm, Texas, Kathy, Sheri and Annette; his brother and his family, Dennis and Sharon Podrabsky of Salem, Ore.; and six great grandchildren and many other family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary Podrabsky of Salem, Ore., and a sister, Audrey Price, of Donnelly, Idaho.
He was born April 25, 1929, in Mill City, Ore..
Joe proudly served his country during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam while in the Army and Air Force, finally retiring in Mountain Home in 1969. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked in the Civil Engineering Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base.
Joe especially enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking. He was an active member of both the Elks and the American Legion.
Our favorite poem to memorialize him:
We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name.
In life, we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone;
For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide;
And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same;
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.
At his request, there will be no services. If you wish to make a donation in his name, please donate to any charity of your choice.