Joseph B. Mahon, July 23, 1964 - May 10, 2017

Joseph B. Mahon

On May 10, 2017, Major Joseph B. Mahon US Army, Ret. departed this life to join his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Joe was blessed to have a few loves throughout his life, though he joined his last and greatest love, Angela Gore-Mahon, on her birthday four years after her passing, for his final journey. He loved his wife, doted on his children consistently, and always worked to give them the best he possibly could.

He is survived by his son Blake and daughter in law Alexandra along with their two sons Joey and Blake; his daughters Nicole, Raegan, and Aubrey; his mother Carol, older sister Charlotte, and younger brother Patrick.

Joe was a principled man; a true Patriot that loved and vociferously defended America and her Founding Principles. But Joe’s personal foundational principle was simple: always do the right thing, regardless of cost or circumstance. He credited Mr. Joe Steen for “showing him what right looked like”, and when asked what right looked like, Joe would give the same advice Mr. Joe Steen had given him, “follow me and watch what I do”. Joe routinely placed his family and friends before his own desires selflessly. He was always dependable to help however he could, and consistently stood solid as a rock with his family and friends through their good times and bad times as well. Joe was amazingly kind and loyal, continually bringing out the better qualities in those around him, particularly recognizing and encouraging character in others. He opened his family and circle of friends to others and brought them in, watching the love that he gave branch out as it grew greater among the lives he brought together, connecting those lives through the commonality of kindred spirits. Though he had a multitude of friends, he was blessed with a handful he held as close as his family. He had that knack of building teams, just by being himself, a natural charismatic leader and a man among men. He didn’t take credit for the blessings in his life though; he gave that credit to God for providing.

Joe put his whole heart into everything he attempted; he was respected as a Green Beret, Ranger, and pilot, touching the lives of Soldiers, Sailors, fellow members of SOCOM, and others throughout his tenure. Any of us would be hard-pressed to find a better man throughout a well-lived life. There will be many tributes to Joe, based on his character; he deserves every single one and more. Our lives have suffered a great loss with his passing.

Funeral services will take place at 11 am on Friday, May 19, 2017, at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home. Paul Gornell will officiate. Visitation will take place at the funeral home from 9 am until time of service on Friday, May 19, 2017. Committal services will take place on Friday at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017, in the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery near Spooner, Wisconsin.

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Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Barbara Vitarelli (Zoanelli) May 19, 2017

    Mahon family,
    Today is a day of good-byes. I cannot imagine the loss and pain you feel. Joe was a good man. He loved all of you so very much. Take comfort in the memories you have and hold them close. We are all thinking of you and praying for your family. God bless.

  2. Julia McNealy McNelly May 18, 2017

    Joe was the sweet, cute guy with the great hair that moved in across the street. Joe had a way of always making me feel taken care of and protected. Joe will forever have my heart.
    I'm just so sorry for your loss, my loss, really the whole world's loss. The world was a better place with Joe in it. I'll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Kate McGuire-Kohlhepp May 15, 2017

    Although it has been years since we were able to spend time with Joe, it was absolutely wonderful to reconnect on FaceBook and renew our childhood friendship. He was always one of the good guys. He was the cooler, older brother who didn't pick on or tease this 'little sister'. I wasn't surprised to hear that he joined the military and spent his life protecting our country. He was innately a protector and nurturing person. I'm so sorry for your loss and will be praying for all of you.

    "The life of the dead is placed in the memories of the living. The love you gave in life keeps people alive beyond their time. Anyone who was given love will always live in on in another's heart." ~ Cicero

  4. Ann Meyer May 15, 2017

    I hope treasured memories of happy times spent together will help you through this sad and difficult time.
    Thinking of you~

  5. John Nadler May 14, 2017

    Dear Joe's family,

    Again, my deepest and most heartfelt condolences and sympathies for your sad loss of your Joe. I never met a man like him, and I don't ever think I will ever come close to meeting such a tremdous man among men. I never got to meet Joe in person, but his friendship made an indelible mark on my life, that I will cherish forever. I so admired, respected, and loved my best friend Joe and I will always miss him, and pray until we meet again. My love and prayers for comfort and healing, John Nadler

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