Born March 30, 1922 in Washington, Ind., he was the son of John E. and Anna C. (Williams) Strange.
He was a graduate of Washington High School Class of 1941. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in January 1942, where he served during World War II and Korea, retiring from the Air Force in August of 1964. He moved his family to Bloomfield and worked at NSWC Crane until retiring in February 1986. He was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the VFW in Middletown, Ky.
Joe is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lucille (Booker) Strange of Bloomfield; daughter Susan (Neil) Yake of Bloomfield; sons John (Brenda) Strange of Louisville, Ky., Tom (Joyce) Strange of Cory, Ind., and Doug (Kim) Strange of El Dorado, Calif.; grandchildren Kriste Strange, Holly Sanford, Erik Strange, Jessica Holtsclaw, Justin Yake, Ryan Strange, Chad Strange and C.J. Strange; and eight great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother George Strange; his son David Strange; and his great-grandson Abe Holtsclaw.
Visitation will be at Holy Name Catholic Church in Bloomfield on Monday March 1 at 12:30 p.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1:30p.m. with Father Michael Madden officiating.
Military burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church food pantry in Bloomfield.
Jenkins & Sons Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Online condolences are available at www.jenkinsfuneralhomes.com .