Joseph Richard DeGuelle (Doctor Joe) passed away May 2, 2013. He was born September 2, 1940, in
Algoma, Wisconsin, the 4th child of Josephine Virlee DeGuelle and Richard DeGuelle. He met his beloved wife Colette Suzanne Schreiber at Hahn Air Force Base, Germany and they were married December 6, 1968.
After completing 4 years of Air Force Service as a Captain, he was hired as one of the first Education Counselors at Hahn Air Base. Throughout the years his career progressed to Education Services Officer and eventually to Chief Education and Training Officer for Headquarters AETC and USAFE (United States Air Force in Europe). He also served as Provost of USAFE University at Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany. Joe retired from AETC Randolph Air Force Base, TX, January 2007. He also taught graduate courses for Webster University for several years.
Joe completed his elementary education at St. Mary's Catholic School in Algoma, WI, and graduated from Algoma High School, 1958. He received his BA with a major in Philosophy from St. Norbert College, DePere, WI, his Master of Science in Education, 1970, and Doctor of Education from the University of Southern California, 1989.
He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and of the ACTS retreat.
He is survived by his loving wife Colette; son, Chris and wife Krista in Augusta, GA; son, Gerard and wife Sonia in San Antonio, TX; son, Patrick and wife Jennifer in Austin, TX; his brother, Tony and wife Mary, DePere, WI; and 6 grandchildren Austin, Joseph, Eva, Hailey, Evan and Alexis, his sister-in-law Jacqueline Busiau and husband Raymond. He had a special place in his heart for his nieces and nephew, and his beloved Godmother, Esther Dhuey.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Junior and Bernard, his mother-in-law, Suzanne Levacher Schreiber and father-in-law, Leo Schreiber.
The family will receive visitors from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, at Zoeller Funeral Home, 615 Landa St., New Braunfels, TX. Rosary and Vigil will follow at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 386 N. Castell Ave, New Braunfels, followed by a reception in St. Mary's Hall. The processional to Fort Sam Houston, 1520 Harry Wurzbach, San Antonio, TX, will be leaving between 12:00 and 12:15 p.m. for a graveside service and burial at 1:00 p.m.
Special thanks to Dr. Nathan Hales, Dr. Rogers Lyons, Dr. Fernando Triana and Dr. Lawrence Hamner and to their staff.
Memorials, if desired, may be sent to the Multiple Myeloma Foundation, Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School, New Braunfels, Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, or to a memorial of your choice.