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Joe Koelzer

July 6, 1939 — September 22, 2020


Joe Koelzer passed away Tuesday night Sept. 22, 2020, at the age of 81.  A memorial service will be 1:30 P.M. Friday Oct. 2, 2020 at Grace Gardens Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Roy Marshall officiating.  Private inurnment will be at a later date at Waco Memorial Park.

Mr. Koelzer was born July 6, 1939, in De Queen, Arkansas, the son of the late John and Elizabeth Menia (Black) Koelzer where he graduated from high school. He served his country in the United States Army and the United States Air Force and received several decorations and commendations.  He served twenty years as a heavy equipment operator with the Air Force.  Following his military service, Joe was employed by UPS for twenty years as a truck driver, retiring in 1999.  During his tenure there, Joe was awarded the safe driver award.

On November 6, 1990, he married the former Zava Virginia Waldrop Hill in Hewitt, Texas.  During his life, he enjoyed traveling and working in his yard.  He also enjoyed the C.B. Radio under the handle of “Plowboy”

Also preceding him in death were two sisters.

Survivors include his wife of twenty-nine years, Zava; a son Joseph Koelzer, Jr.and wife Betsy; two step sons, John Hill, Jr. and wife Sandy, Andrew Hill and wife Amanda; three step daughters, Katherine Roberts and husband Mike, Sherri Tate, Dolly Powell and husband Darrell; a brother, Phill Koelzer;  many step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.

The family expresses there sincere appreciation to Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Hospice.  It is for that reason, they have suggested Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Hospice for memorial contributions in lieu of flowers.

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Friday, October 2, 2020

Starts at 1:30 am (Central time)

Grace Gardens Funeral Home Chapel

8220 Woodway Drive, Woodway, TX 76712

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