Joseph Michael "Joe" Stroemel, 58, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in the hospital following complications of open heart surgery.

He was born Dec. 1, 1959, in Wichita to Julius T. and Rose Ann (Lies) Stroemel.

He enjoyed farming and spending time in Walker, where he and his wife maintain a weekend residence. He was happy as long as he was with friends and family.

Survivors include his wife, Caroline Stroemel (Goldberg Asbury), Parker, Colo.; Caroline's two children, Emilie Asbury and Ross Asbury, Parker, Colo.; three sisters, Ann Johnson and husband, Jack, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Mary Hauk and husband, John, Arlington, Texas, and Susan Stroemel, Tampa, Fla.; two brothers, Mathias Stroemel and wife, Bonnie, Walla Walla, Wash., and Ben Stroemel, Oklahoma City; several nieces and nephews and a great-niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of his life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Ann Church; burial in St. Ann Cemetery, Walker.

Memorials are suggested to the Walker Cemetery Fund.