Joseph S. DePaoli

January 3, 1930June 26, 2013

Joseph DePaoli (“Mr. D”) passed away June 26th at the age of 83. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the oldest son of Alfred and Bertha. He attended school at St. Patrick’s and graduated from Mechanical Arts High School. He spent his summers at his grandfather’s farm in New Hampshire. He always loved airplanes. As a child he enjoyed making model airplanes, and entered the U.S. Air Force at 18 years of age, starting as an aircraft mechanic, and worked his way up to Chief Master Sergeant, as an aircraft maintenance database analyst. He had various assignments throughout the United States, as well as Greenland, Okinawa, and Thailand, where he was awarded a bronze star for meritorious service, as well as many other commendations during his career. He retired after 29 years of service, but then continued to work for the Air Force as a civil servant for another 31 years, retiring at the ripe old age of 78 and receiving a medallion for 60 years of service to his country. He obtained his private pilot’s license and thoroughly enjoyed flying with his friend, Carl, out at Meadow Lake Airport. In August 1950 he took Dolores as his beloved wife. Since he had already been stationed in Alaska and she still resided and worked in Boston, he had asked his father to propose to her on his behalf. They had two daughters, Elaine, the oldest, who survives, and Diane, who passed away in 1972. Dolores passed away in 2004. Joseph also leaves behind his two sisters, Rose and Lucille, and one brother, Alfred, all of Massachusetts, as well as his godchild, Dina, and many dear friends. He was a devoted, loving and caring husband and father. His kind spirit will be truly missed by all. A Graveside Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, July 2nd, at 9:30 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.


  • Graveside Service Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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Ben Groover

January 10, 2014

I was wondering about Joe today. After, he retired, I had not heard from him, and I did not know that he had passed away. I used to work with him by providing phone support for the database he managed at Peterson. He was one of the nicest people I ever talked to. Just like all of the other comments here reflect, He was a wonderful person. My condolences to his family.

cherry miller

July 2, 2013

Mr.D was an amazing man he was always there to help me in the mornings at Mcdonalds... we had long talks about his life my life things he had done and wanted to do... I will truely truely miss you... cherry miller

Tammi Paul

July 2, 2013

Mr. D was a wonderful person. I will miss seeing him at P.A.F.B Mcdonalds. He always made my day brighternwhen he would stop by to grab his coffee and chat with me. I will miss him dearly! Condolences from his McDonalds family to yours!

Carroll Stewart

July 1, 2013

Joe was a perfect gentleman and always had a nice word to say. He was a good friend and we will miss seeing him at McDonalds. Always remember the good times. Rest in peace my friend.

Rick & Jill Hessek

July 1, 2013

Dale & Elaine,
Rick and I have been talking about all the wonderful, caring and helpful gestures Joe had. He was such a dear, gentle man. We miss him so much--- and have become so attached to his sweet dogs; Ms Molly /Honey. His furry friends have the same delightful personality as Joe. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

Steve & Marilyn Neidens

June 30, 2013

Dear Elaine & Dale,

We extend our deepest condolences to you in the passing of your Dad. He has now joined your Mother in a heavenly place. I'm sure many of his four-legged family members were there to greet him. Both of your parents were wonderful, kind, loving people and we were fortunate to know them.

With Sympathy,

Jeanne Heck

June 30, 2013

Dear DePaoli Family,

I just heard about Joe, and am SO sorry. I was just thinking about him a week or so ago and wondered how he was doing. I have such wonderful memories of teaching him to fly, and was delighted when he and Carl came to Mike's and my wedding! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Now he is reunited with Dolores, and I'm sure they are looking down upon us. I'm so sorry I won't be able to be at his service; I will be out of town working.


Jeanne (Heck) and Mike