Thief River Falls – Joseph Souto, 84, passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls, with his loving family by his side.
Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, with Father Rick Lambert officiating. Burial will be held at St. Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery in Thief river Falls. Visitation will be held Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls.
Joseph Anthony Souto was born August 30, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of Salvador and Manuela (Freire) Souto. He attended school in Brooklyn, NY, and graduated from Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn in 1951. He attended New York Community College and also worked at a grocery store.
Joe entered the United States Navy on May 22, 1952, was stationed at Adak, AK, and served on the naval ship USS Kaskaskia during the Korean Conflict. He served until his honorable discharge on May 16, 1956. Joe entered the US Air Force in January 1962 and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. He retired as a Master Sergeant on January 31, 1984.
On August 11, 1962, Joe was united in marriage to Dorie Ann Philion at San Antonio, TX. The couple lived in Ramey Air Force base Puerto Rico for 3 years. They adopted a daughter, Carmen Marie. He was stationed at Glasgow, MT Air Force base, then Offut Airforce Base in Omaha, NE, where Deborah Ann was born.
Joe was transferred to Getafe Airforce base near Madrid, Spain and the family moved to Red Lake Falls. When he returned from Spain, he was stationed at Maxell Gunter Airforce base in Montgomery, AL, where he retired from the Air Force. Following his retirement, he worked as a manpower management analyst at Andrews Air Force Base from April 17, 1985 until September 30, 1998.
Joe enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family on vacations. He was an avid fan of college football, the Vikings and the Ravens. He enjoyed watching professional baseball including the Orioles, the Twins and the NBA. Some of his favorite pastimes included working crossword and picture puzzles, as well as reading.
Joe was very political and was a staunch Republican. He closely followed Wall Street and kept up with the stock market. Joe lived his life with class, dignity, grace and generosity. He served our country and his family. His journey here is over. His new journey has begun. This journey will be easier because of a life well lived.
Joe was a life member of the VFW, the American Legion and the Masons of New York. He received numerous service awards and medals.
Joe is survived by his daughters, Carmen Souto of Bemidji, and Deb (Bret) Hyland of Thief River Falls; grandchildren, Danielle, Anthony, and Bryce of Thief River Falls; brother, Salvador Souto of Staten Island, NY; sister-in-law, Carmen Souto of Manhattan, NY; mother of his children, Dorie Souto of Thief River Falls; along with many nieces and nephews.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Manuel Souto; sister-in-law, Mary Souto; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Jap and Jay Philion.
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