Joseph R. DeGuelle

September 2, 1940May 2, 2013

Joseph Richard DeGuelle (Doctor Joe) passed away May 2, 2013. He was born September 2, 1940, in Algoma, Wisconsin, the 4th child of Josephine Virlee DeGuelle and Richard DeGuelle. He met his beloved wife Colette Suzanne Schreiber at Hahn Air Force Base, Germany and they were married December 6, 1968. After completing 4 years of Air Force Service as a Captain, he was hired as one of the first Education Counselors at Hahn Air Base. Throughout the years his career progressed to Education Services Officer and eventually to Chief Education and Training Officer for Headquarters AETC and USAFE (United States Air Force in Europe). He also served as Provost of USAFE University at Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany. Joe retired from AETC Randolph Air Force Base, TX, January 2007. He also taught graduate courses for Webster University for several years. Joe completed his elementary education at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Algoma, WI, and graduated from Algoma High School, 1958. He received his BA with a major in Philosophy from St. Norbert College, DePere, WI, his Master of Science in Education, 1970, and Doctor of Education from the University of Southern California, 1989. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and of the ACTS retreat. He is survived by his loving wife Colette; son, Chris and wife Krista in Augusta, GA; son, Gerard and wife Sonia in San Antonio, TX; son, Patrick and wife Jennifer in Austin, TX; his brother, Tony and wife Mary, DePere, WI; and 6 grandchildren Austin, Joseph, Eva, Hailey, Evan and Alexis, his sister-in-law Jacqueline Busiau and husband Raymond. He had a special place in his heart for his nieces and nephew, and his beloved Godmother, Esther Dhuey. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Junior and Bernard, his mother-in-law, Suzanne Levacher Schreiber and father-in-law, Leo Schreiber. The family will receive visitors from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, at Zoeller Funeral Home, 615 Landa St., New Braunfels, TX. Rosary and Vigil will follow at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 386 N. Castell Ave, New Braunfels, followed by a reception in St. Mary’s Hall. The processional to Fort Sam Houston, 1520 Harry Wurzbach, San Antonio, TX, will be leaving between 12:00 and 12:15 p.m. for a graveside service and burial at 1:00 p.m. Special thanks to Dr. Nathan Hales, Dr. Rogers Lyons, Dr. Fernando Triana and Dr. Lawrence Hamner and to their staff. Memorials, if desired, may be sent to the Multiple Myeloma Foundation, Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School, New Braunfels, Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, or to a memorial of your choice.


  • Public Visitation Wednesday, May 8, 2013
  • Vigil Service Wednesday, May 8, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, May 9, 2013

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Mary Newman

December 26, 2013

Christmas 2013

Dear Colette, Gerard and Christophe,

I have tried unsuccessfully a few times to find you since we lost touch. I was telling my son a couple of weeks ago, he searched and found Joe's obituary. I was very sad to learn that he is gone. Today must have been a very difficult day for you. My thoughts have been with you.

If you would like to get in touch again, my email address is

With much love,

Mary (from skiing days back in Germany)

Bill Kerr

August 28, 2013

Sorry to hear. Knew Joe at Lindsey Air Station. He was a gentlemen and one of those rare gifted managers. Bill Kerr

Greg and Marcia Garcia

May 14, 2013

Dear Collette and Family, Marcia and I have you in our prayers, and we also thank God for the great privilege of having known both you and Joe. Throughout all our years together in our working lives I never knew one moment when Joe was anything but a wonderful friend and colleague with humor, graciousness, understanding and leadership. He was the most selfless man I have ever known. We miss him already and this world is a lesser place without him. God bless you.

Roland Krause

May 11, 2013

I haven't seen Joe since around 1962, but I have thought of him often over the years. He was one of my swimming instructors when I was growing up in Algoma, and his diligence and humor have stayed in my memory. It sounds like he went on to live a successful and memorable life. Why is that not surprising? I was in the Air Force also, but I never had the pleasure of meeting up with Joe. What a great meeting that would have been, but I'm sure we'll meet again.
My sympathies to Joe's family and loved ones.

May 9, 2013

Dear Colette and Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss. Joe was a special person whose contributions to Air Force education enriched the lives of thousands of airmen and made the Air Force a better service. I had the pleasure of working closely with him during my tenure at CCAF. He will be missed but never forgotten!

- Bill & Patricia Parrish, Bonita Springs,Florida

Dick Mehlin

May 9, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to your family, Joe. We were high school friends and room mates when you attended the Univ. of Wisc. for one semester. At the time you thought that maybe the priesthood was your calling and I remember all of us roommates suggesting you'll never know unless you try. Even though transferring to St. Norberts led down a different path your successes were unmatched. The one thing I will never forget is when you were at Wisconsin and the Friday night when after the four of us finished our usual quart of beer and watching Route 66 in B&W that we went out for another beer or two and you kept trying to thrown a cross body block into a small spruce tree!! Peace Joe

Fred (Dr) Philp

May 9, 2013

Joe was a special person and supreme professional and role model for so many in and outside the ed svcs family. He will be missed. Condolences to his beloved family.

Jackie Provoznik Provoznik

May 9, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you Tony

Sharon and John Gordon

May 9, 2013

We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to the family. Both John and I attended grade and high school with Joe. He was a good friend and we were so glad to see him and meet you at the last class reunion. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers and Joe will never be forgotten.

James E (Bud) Goode,Sr.

May 8, 2013

Joe and I first got together when Nate Altschuler called me. He asked me to welcome Joe to TAC. Nate then asked me to take his place as a member of an the Southern Accredition team to visit England AFB and Webster Univ. Both Joe and the school passed with flying colors. Since that meeting Joe and I became very good friends. I can honestly say that I considerated Joe as my best friend. He will be sorely missed by my Family and I.Hope to see you when and if I also can go when the Boss calls us to Heaven. LOL James E (Bud) Goode.