June (Joe) P. Longley

April 24, 1921 - Oct. 11, 2005

June (Joe) P. Longley, 84, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, at Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital. He was born April 24, 1921, on the family farm on Hardscrabble Road where his grandparents had homesteaded the property in 1835.

He had been a lifelong resident on the farm until his retirement from farming in 1972, then went to work for Kettle Moraine High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force (Oct. 15, 1940 to Sept. 11, 1945) in Company G, ball turret gunner on a B-17 (flew 29 missions over Germany). He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He was a 50-plus year member of the Dousman American Legion Post 405.

Joe was an avid collector of bottles and pottery and a highly respected expert in the Wisconsin pottery and bottle fields.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah (nee Roberts) for 62 years; children, Linda Theine of Dousman, Virginia (Jack) Beatty of Menomonee Falls and John (Deborah) Longley of Dousman; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ralph and Arthur; and son-in-law, Donald Theine.

Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral service Friday, Oct. 14, at Mealy’s Funeral Home, 320 W. Main St., Palmyra. Burial of ashes, with full military honors, will take place at St. Bruno’s Cemetery.

If desired, memorials to the Kettle Moraine scholarship fund are appreciated.

Mealy’s Funeral Home in Palmyra, 495-2127, is serving the Longley family.