Joseph Ward “Joe” Morey, 80, of Salina, passed away at 5:35 a.m. Nov. 15, 2017 at Holiday Resort, Salina.

Joe was born at his parents homestead outside of Mahaska on June 7, 1937, son of Retha Ethel (Alderman) and Ward Grant Morey.

Joe attended the Hopewell grade school, Hopewell, and graduated from Haddam High School, Haddam.

He was a member of Mahaska Presbyterian Church and Haddam United Methodist Church.

Joe was a dairy farmer for 20 years. A parts manager for 25 years at John Deere in McPherson, Belleville and Salina. Then worked for Target as a stocker.

Joe was a member of the Dirgo of Haddam Masonic Lodge where he served as Master. He was also a member of IsIs Shrine, 4-H and FFA. As well as having served on the Washington County Extension Office.

Joe enjoyed working in the yard, planting flowers, genealogy, woodworking in his shop and baking especially, waffles and kolaches.

Joseph W. Morey was united in marriage to Suzanne Walker Ettleman on Feb. 4, 1961 at Haddam Methodist Church in Haddam. The young couple established their first home together on a farm near Narka. This union was blessed with the birth of three children, one son and two daughters, Kimberly, Kent and Karen.

He is survived by his wife of over 55 years Suzanne Morey, of Salina; his children Kimberly Morey, of Wichita; Kent, husband of Tonya Morey, of McPherson; and Karen Nichols, of Salina; his sister Retha Mae Parrack, of Haddam; his brother Lee, husband of Joyce Morey, of Concordia, seven grandchildren, Kristin Burt, Christopher “Bud” Davis-Talkington (Katherine), Kyle Nichols, Sarah Nichols, Shelby Nichols, Megan Jantz (Adam), and Joel Morey (Chyann), six great-grandchildren, Leighton , Kaisen, Kesley, Jaxsyn, Samuel, and Adalynn.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Margery Strnad.

Celebration of life service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 at the First Presbyterian Church, McPherson, with H. Dick Reynolds, Jr. officiating.

Burial will be private at a later date at the Mahaska Cemetery, Mahaska.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Joe Morey Memorial Fund and they can be sent in care of Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home; 222 W. Euclid St.; McPherson, Kansas 67460.