Joseph Hobbs died Sunday, July 10, 2016, at his home in Montrose.
He was born in Rolla, Kan., June 28, 1923, to Alvin and Blenn Hobbs. He lived in Kansas and Missouri until, at age 14, he lost his dad. The family moved to Delta.
On April 8, 1945, he married Hazel Pfister. They celebrated 71 years of marriage. She survives.
Mr. Hobbs served as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1964, he moved his family to Oregon where he worked as a certified welder for 30 years. After retirement, he and Hazel bought two acres in California. At the age of 80, they returned to Montrose to be near family.
He enjoyed gardening, keeping his yard groomed, traveling and driving through the countryside, often stopping to visit with friends or family along the way.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Hazel; a son, Joe (Marlene) of Montrose; a daughter, Ramona Brown of Oregon; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three sisters, Ann, Pearl and Twila; three brothers, Charlie, Martin and Larry; and extended family.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Becky and Bonnie; and 11 siblings (step and half).
No services are planned at this time.
Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors handled the arrangements.