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Obituaries > DEAL, JOSEPH I.

Deal-Joseph I. and Edith L. Joe’s beloved wife of 67 years, Edith, passed away peacefully on October 15, 2010. Joe survived her by 10 days, passing away October 25, 2010. They are survived by their children, Laurie (Lonnie), Bonnie (Richard), Stan (Debbie), David (Diane) and grandchildren Andrew, Erin, Ben, Kristin, Chesed, Charis and Jordan. Edith was born and raised on her family farm in McFarland, CA. She is predeceased by her parents Ben and Jennie, her brothers Raymond and Ralph, and sisters Mary and Anna. She was a graduate of McFarland High School and La Verne College, where she was the first homecoming queen. Edith was a master homemaker, raising her family, first in La Verne, then Covina and back to La Verne in 1996. She loved music, flowers, sewing, all types of crafts, celebrating birthdays and holidays. Joe was born and raised in Rock Lake, North Dakota. He is predeceased by his parents Irvin and Lydia, his brothers John E., Jerry and Bob, and sisters Agnes and Marguerite. He is survived by his sister Norma. During WWII, Joe was a Marine Raider, serving in the Pacific Theater. He was wounded, received the Purple Heart, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. He graduated from Rock Lake High School, La Verne College and completed his masters at USC. He was principal at Bonita High School from 1950-1957, vice principal at West Covina High School from 1957-1958, and the first principal of Charter Oak High School from 1958-1961 and South Hills High School from 1962 until his retirement in 1980. During his years in education, he took pride in the sports at his schools and was especially proud of their CIF Championships. He loved all types of outdoor activities, especially golf. A celebration of their lives will be held on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm at the La Verne Church of the Brethren, 2425 “E” Street, La Verne, 91750-1364.