Joe Thomeczek



Joe Thomeczek

(January 25, 1942 – January 30, 2021)

A Memorial Service is being planned for Joe Thomeczek on Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 29th, with service and internment at 1 p.m. at the Las Animas Cemetery (COVID-19 dependent), followed by a reception with shared photos and memories at the Golf Course. In lieu of flowers or cards, the family requests memorials at the First National Bank of Las Animas, c/o Joe Thomeczek Memorial Fund for his church and/or golf course, P.O. Box 270, Las Animas, CO 81054 - PH: (719) 456-1512].

On Sat. June 19, 2021 a Thomeczek Memorial Golf Tournament has been scheduled.

Joseph Harold Thomeczek, 79, passed away January 30th at a Colorado Springs hospital with his wife at his side after a four-week, hard-fought battle with COVID-19. His faith and humor were with him until the end. The Hospital Chaplain shared Joe "out prayed" him, days before, citing the Lord's prayer faster than anyone he'd ever heard.

Joe was born on Jan. 25, 1942, in Las Animas, Colorado. He is survived by his wife of 38 years Judy (Davis) Thomeczek; children Jennifer (Alberg) Hoelscher of Colorado Springs and Brian Alberg and Jeanette Alberg of Denver; nieces and nephews Sonny McClain of Denver, Susan McClain of Waddell, AZ, and Sharon (McClain) Howse, Joe Ishmael, Brenda (Ishmael) Gossage, and Ron Ishmael of Colorado Springs; Grandchildren Cody Hoelsher of Colorado Springs, Kayla Hoelscher (Corbin) Palmer and GreatgrandSon, Callan, of Ogden, UT; numerous grand nieces and nephews; and countless friends who loved him dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Edna (Sapp) Thomeczek, sisters Mary Ann (McClain) Mitchell, Rita Ishmael, and infant brother Gary.

Joe was well-known in the community for his kindness, sense of humor, devout faith, love of hugs, and enjoyment of all-things sports. Joe and fellow teammates took the Trojan basketball team to State, winning two back-to-back Championships in 1958-59. He graduated from Las Animas High School in 1960, serving as Class President. Joe then attended CU Boulder where he played trumpet for the CU pep band at football games and was on the Boulder Valley All Stars Bowling Team. Before returning to Las Animas to help run the family business, Joe lived in Texas and Louisiana working for a Lockheed Aeronautics and managed a bowling alley where he bowled a perfect score!

Already a beloved uncle, in 1982 he married Judy and became an instant father of three. Throughout the years he was also "Dad" to 14 exchange students from all over the world. Joe was a kind, generous and loving man and a rock of unconditional love and support for his family and friends. He made time for everyone, especially kids. Children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many neighborhood children all cherish special memories of dump truck bucket rides, driving tractors, and making cement mud pies with Joe. He proudly displayed many dump truck and tractor "thank you" drawings on his shop walls. Joe was also always present and cheering on family and friends at football, basketball, and volleyball games with his signature whistle sounding from the stands and helpful coaching afterwards. He would drop anything and everything to help someone in need – whether pulling a friend out of a ditch, helping to remove snow, or giving someone a ride.

After nearly 50 years of owning Bent County Ready Mix, Joe retired a few years ago and was able to spend more time with his friends and play more golf, one of his favorite things. He was always chasing another elusive hole-in one. Slowing down also gave him opportunities to travel with family. Adventures included taking Alaskan and Mediterranean cruises, traveling to Europe to visit a few of his foreign exchange kids, and getting to see the Pope at the Vatican.

If the world had more people like Joe, it would be a much better place. His legacy lives on in every life he touched. His children say, "Joe – you are truly loved and a great son, brother, husband, father, uncle and friend. Every person who had the pleasure of knowing you is better because of you. Although we all wish we had more time with you, we know God had a different plan. God has a new angel. We like to think this angel has sparkling blue eyes and a contagious smile and this angel is looking down and blessing us from a heavenly green golf course with a cold Pepsi in hand,"

A service celebrating Joe's life is planned on Saturday, May 29th, 1 p.m. at the Las Animas Cemetery. A Catholic Mass was held February 12th in Las Animas, Colorado. In lieu of flowers or cards, memorials may be made at the First National Bank of Las Animas, c/o Joe Thomeczek Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 270, Las Animas, CO 81054 - PH: (719) 456-1512]. Condolences may be sent to email: or PO Box 387, Las Animas, CO 81054.

Published on May 13, 2021