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Griggs-Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors

5400 Bell Avenue, Amarillo, TX

OBITUARY

Joe C. Detten

December 23, 1940December 23, 2019
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Joe C. Detten was born on December 23, 1940 in Amarillo, Texas to Robert and Eulalia Detten and went home to be with our Lord on the evening of his 79th birthday, December 23, 2019. He died exactly as he would’ve wanted, surrounded by his loving family and their prayers. He was the greatest daddy, papa and friend anyone could have asked for and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Joe’s faith was deeply important to him; most often sharing it by his quiet, steadfast example. He had a heart of gold and a true gift for hospitality, making new friends and old feel welcomed in his presence. He was a kind, patient, strong, and hardworking man who was quick with a smile and he took great pleasure in sharing a laugh or two. His family’s legacy of farming well suited his fondness for the outdoors.

He loved his family more than words could possibly say. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren who will forever treasure his great love, big hugs, and gentle spirit. Joe especially enjoyed trips with his family to the mountains and passing on stories from one generation to another. One of his greatest dreams was fulfilled several years ago when he visited the area where his family originated in Germany.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Betty; and four brothers, Bob, Tom, John Joseph, and Ray.

He is survived by his loving children: Debbie Huff and husband Tadd; Jody Detten and wife Debbie; Becky Castillo and husband Art; Lisa Seth and husband Chris; Susie Frame and husband Steve; and Aimee Fields and husband Jeff. A brother Richard Detten and wife Mary, along with eighteen grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many loving family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bishop DeFalco Retreat Center in Amarillo or Catholic Family Services. The family would especially like to thank everyone for their kind support during Joe’s last months of illness.

Services

  • Rosary- Visitation Thursday, January 2, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Friday, January 3, 2020
  • Burial Friday, January 3, 2020

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Marti Shackelford

December 31, 2019

Oh Aimee and Becky, along with all your loved ones. I’m so sorry to learn about your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. God is good all the time. He’s with our Lord. Hallelujah!
I must say thank you so much for sharing the pictures. I smiled, laughed and cried looking at them.
God bless you
Love
Marti Shackelford

Audrey Bryant Hargrove Wink

December 31, 2019

My husband (Leo J. Wink) and I send our condolences to your family for the loss of your father and grandfather and brother. Leo is part of the Detten family and has fond memories of visiting with Joe at some of the Detten Family Reunions. He was a very classy and genuine person.

I also want you to know that the Alumni Association of Price Memorial College, St. Mary's Academy and Alamo Catholic High School have been notified of Joe's passing.

May you find comfort in all of the beautiful pictures and memories.

Jean Ehart

December 29, 2019

So enjoyed our lunches together.

Sherlyn Berg Morrissette

December 28, 2019

I was so sorry to hear about Joe. He was probably my favorite cousin - possibly because we were so close in age. I remember him as kind, fun and a great friend. Please extend my sympathies to his entire family.

Barbara Wise

December 25, 2019

Joe was one of the kindest, most humble, soft spoken, Christian men I’ve ever known. He always lived his faith. He has a wonderful family to carry on his legacy.
Blessings & prayers over you all.

Sincerely, Barbara Oliver Wise

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