Joseph Lee Emerson, Jr.

July 16, 1960 ~ November 18, 2020 (age 60)


Joseph Lee Emerson, Jr., age 60, of Cassopolis, died peacefully at home Wednesday morning, November 18, 2020 in the comfort of his family’s presence.

His life began July 16, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois the third of seven children born to the union of Joseph and Mary Emerson, Sr.  He married Rachuel Lee Strieby September 13, 1997 in Elkhart, Indiana.

Joseph loved his family.  He adored his father, Joseph, Sr., his wife and children, grandchildren and great grandchild.  He graduated from Cassopolis High School and attended classes at Southwestern Michigan College.  Joseph worked as a truck driver for MORryde in Elkhart, Indiana.  He believed in paying his own way and worked hard to provide for his family.  Even as a youth Joseph displayed entrepreneurship and strong work ethics.  He loved to barbecue and also worked for Nelson’s Golden Glow in Wakarusa, Indiana for twenty-three years.

Joseph’s parents became members of Christ Tabernacle Church in Cassopolis, Michigan.  Joseph personally accepted Jesus as Savior in 2014.  He served on the Church Board of Directors and worked to raise funds for the Church Vacation Bible School program.  He was very supportive of the youth and loved Sunday School.

Joseph will be greatly missed by family and friends.  He leaves to mourn his passing his wife of twenty-three years, Rachuel Emerson of Cassopolis; one daughter, Vontia Emerson of South Bend; three sons, Joseph Emerson III, Alexander Emerson, Zachary Emerson, all of Cassopolis; six grandchildren; one great grandchild; his mother, Mary Emerson of Cassopolis; one sister, Clara (Reginald) Gillespie of Cassopolis; three brothers, Calvin Emerson of California, Keith (Jennifer) Emerson of South Bend, Will Emerson of Cassopolis; and a host of nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Lee Emerson, Sr.; one sister, Rose Mitchell; and one brother, Michael Emerson.

Family and friends will gather Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. until 12 Noon in Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 202 North Broadway Street, Cassopolis.  In the interest of public safety, the family will observe a private funeral and burial with Pastor Carl Ross and Chaplain Sara Ross officiating.  Mr. Emerson will be laid to rest near his father in Calvin Center Cemetery in Calvin Township, Michigan.

The family is very appreciative for the tender loving care that Caring Circle Hospice gave to Joseph and to them.

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November 21, 2020

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wagner Family Funerals
202 North Broadway Street
Cassopolis, MI 49031

Please note
The family will observe a private funeral and burial.
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