Joseph Krabel

Joseph Krabel

HUME – Joseph Lawrence Krabel, 62, of Hume went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, while working on the family farm he loved.

Joe was born Feb. 27, 1950, in Tuscola to Carl James and Rosalee (Craig) Krabel. He married Pamela Smith Gilkerson on Jan. 22, 1994, at the Brocton Christian Church; she survives.

He is also survived by his mother, Rosalee Krabel of Brocton; two children, Brad (Marcela) Krabel of St. Charles and Melinda (Nick) Doty of Dunlap; three stepchildren, Tina (Fred) Queary of Midland, Mich., Melinda Jones of North Liberty, Iowa, and Michael (Allison) Lowery of Westfield; 17 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Krabel, and a brother, John Krabel.

Joe was a lifelong resident of Edgar County. He was a member and elder at the Hume Christian Church and sang in the choir. He also served on the Shiloh School Board for seven years, the Young America Township Board, the Payne Cemetery Board and the Hughes Drainage District Board.

Joe loved farming and he spent his life working on his family's farm alongside his parents, brother and nephews. He was a loving and devoted son, husband, father and grandfather, and a good neighbor and friend to many.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Krabel Funeral Home in Oakland. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Burial will follow in Young America Cemetery. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Hume Christian Church. Online condolences and service information are available at