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Heights Funeral Home

1317 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Joseph L. Oatis

October 1, 1942February 24, 2011

Joseph L. Oatis was born Oct. 1, 1942, and entered into the immediate presence of Jesus on Feb. 24, 2011. Joe served his country in the U.S. Army, followed by a distinguished career with the Houston Police Department. During his career he had been assigned to the Central Division, Jail Division, Northwest Division, Emergency Communications Division, North Division, and Narcotics Division, and retired after 20 years while assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Division. Joe lived life to the fullest, following his dreams, no rules. He loved spending time in Halletsville, Texas, his home away from home, where he met no strangers and made many friends. He is survived by wife Tammie Felchak-Oatis; Children Dana and Michael Oatis; The mother of his children, Judy Brown; Grandsons Brandon and Noah; Special friends Geraldine and Darlene Taylor, and Larry and Sharon Jacobs; Brothers Richard and Jerry; Sisters Hendra and Dorothy, and a host of family and friends. Our thanks to the Head and Neck Dept. at M.D. Anderson for their loving care. Pallbearers are Richard Oatis, James Pavlicek, Allan Jozwiak, Tim Whitecotton, David Oatis, and Kevin Kaminski. Honorary pallbearers will be Rafael Gonzales (Speedy), Gilbert Gerlich, Roel Ramos, Jimmy Scanlan, Billy Jenkins, John O' Sullivan, and Jerry Gonzales. Friends are invited to a celebration of life from 4 PM to 7PM on Sunday, Feb. 27 at Heights Funeral Home, followed by a Rosary at 7 PM. Funeral Services will be on Monday, Feb. 28 at 10 AM at Christ The King Catholic Church, 4419 North Main Street Houston, Texas 77009. Burial is to follow at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Chappell Hill TX. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Dorothy O’Conner Pet Adoption Center at 135 Progress Drive, Victoria TX 77904, as Joe always loved animals.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 27, 2011
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, February 28, 2011
  • Graveside Service Monday, February 28, 2011

Memories

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Shirley Kropik

March 1, 2011

Rest in peace my old friend! May god bless your family during this time.

Frank Fiorello

March 1, 2011

We had many good times working at N.Shepherd together, both on and off duty! Joe was a great friend and even better police officer. He was a perfect example of "community policing" before that term was ever coined.

J.R. Dickson HPD(Ret.)

March 1, 2011

Linda and I extend our sincere condolences to the Oatis family.

Mary Valesques

February 28, 2011

You will always live in our hearts and prayers.

Don & Barbara Cotten (retired HPD)

February 28, 2011

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Barbara Fields

February 28, 2011

To the family of Joe, my deepest condolence and to my dear friend Geraldine, I am sorry for your loss and I am here for you as always.

Barbara Fields

Alvin and Virginia Malinowski

February 28, 2011

Tammie,
Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of Joe. You are in our thoughts and prayers and may God grant Joe eternal rest from his pain and suffering.
Sincerely,
Alvin and Virginia Malinowski

February 28, 2011

will be truley missed your toronto friend. donald graham..

sharon havens-fitch

February 27, 2011

Tammy, i was so sorry to hear of your loss. i know you love Joe very much. keep your chin up, your beautiful smile and your wonderful laugh during this hard time 'cause that is for sure what Joe will be looking for when he looks down on you.

Linda Williamson

February 27, 2011

I worked with Joe for years in HPD-CID. In those days he was proud to tell me about his family and Tammie (wasn't married yet). I don't have to tell you that Joe was one of a kind, good friend and always smiling. I am thankful that he had great family members to be with him in his last days here. I am imagining he is cheering up the angels now, with that friendly personality of his. We'll all miss you down here, Joe. Send us a report when ya can (that's a funny, he never liked writing his own reports).

With Sincere Sympathy to Joe's Family,

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