Joe Driver | Obituaries |

ANGOLA – Joe Driver died peacefully on August 25, 2022, two days before his 91st birthday, at Lakeland Rehab and Healthcare Center in Angola.

Joe was born in Lima, Ohio on August 27, 1931, to Milton L. and Sarah Louise Driver. They died before him.

He graduated from Lima Central High School in 1949.

Joe was married to Janice Houston and they had four children.

He worked for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad before moving to Fort Wayne in 1959, to become Buildings and Grounds Manager at the Mutual Security Life Insurance Company. At Mutual Security, Joe developed an enthusiastic interest in contemporary art and landscaping.

In the mid-1960s, Joe became involved in the youth programs of the Church of the Brethren, a passion for youth ministry that he nurtured throughout his life. He played a major role in the renovation and operation of the church’s Camp Mack.

He was a lifelong Freemason, serving as a Master Mason and Shriner. In 1984 Joe moved to Clear Lake to pursue his interest in sailing. As a member of the Clear Lake Yacht Club, he sailed ‘Ol’ Grandad’, his beloved Tornado catamaran, in Club races. Joe has managed many construction projects in northeast Indiana and has collected vintage John Deere tractors.

In retirement, Joe married Linda Duncan and began a new career as a lapidary, making jewelry by cutting and polishing stones and gems. He participated in local craft shows, exhibited his jewelry at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and became an active member of the Three Rivers Gem and Mineral Society, the Regional Artists Guild of Angola, and the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club. .

Joe is survived by his four children, Dorian (Rick) Maples of Fort Wayne, Valerie (Jon) Brelje of Fort Wayne, Louisea (Mike) Baker of Fort Wayne and Toby (Kathy) Driver of Honolulu; and stepsons, Gary (Terri) Hobbs, of Fort Wayne and Brian (Holly) Hobbs, of Kendallville. He is also survived by his brother, Ben Driver, of Maumee, Ohio; sister, Sue (Larry) Lantzer, of Fort Wayne; many grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Linda.

“Papa Joe” will be dearly missed by his countless family and friends, who enjoyed his bohemian ethos and his nachos and margaritas on his patio in Clear Lake.

When asked what he wanted to include in his obituary, Joe asked for the following quote from Hunter S. Thompson: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to slip. broadside in a cloud of smoke, completely worn out, totally worn out, and proclaiming loud and clear ‘Wow! What a journey!'”.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 29, 2022, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Angola, 314 W. Maumee St., Angola, Indiana.

A reception at the Clear Lake Yacht Club, 188 Lake Drive, Clear Lake, Fremont, Indiana, will begin at 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to First Congregational United Church of Christ, 314 W. Maumee St., #1427, Angola, IN 46703, or Clear Lake Township Land Conservancy of Fremont, 111 Gecowets Drive, Fremont, IN 46737 , would be welcomed and appreciated by his family.

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