Joseph Palmer Senger

May 18, 1936May 2, 2018
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Joe was born on May 18, 1936 in Minot, North Dakota to Joseph and Lucille (Taylor) Senger. He graduated from St. Leo’s High School in 1954. While attending Minot State Teacher’s College, he met Shirley Bischoff. In 1958, he moved to Washington State to work for Boeing. He and Shirley married on July 30, 1959. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He liked to golf, dance, spend time with the Knights of Columbus brothers, and participate in activities at the VFW. He leaves behind his loving wife Shirley, daughter Susan Bustetter, son-in-law Kerry, and grandkids Kameron and Sophie, daughter Mary Tollefson and granddaughter Brianna, sister Joan Hugo, brother-in-law Jim Hugo, brother-in-law Richard Bischoff, sister-in-law Dee Dee Bischoff, aunt Terry Hilberg, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association in Joe’s name.


  • Memorial Mass Friday, May 18, 2018
  • Inurnment Friday, May 18, 2018

Joseph Palmer Senger

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Judy Voeller

May 16, 2018

We are sending love and prayers to all of the family at the death of our dear friend, Joe. He had a big, caring heart as he reached out to those around him at any time. We have wonderful memories of many Sunday afternoon dinners and fun times playing cards and other games together. He was always ready with a beer, a deck of cards, and lots of laughs. We have great memories of so many family times together and watching Susan and Mary grow into the fine, young women they are today. He was so involved with the Dakota Dance Club and kept our finances organized for many years. It was always fun to watch Joe dance with Shirley, knowing how much she loved being able to dance together. He loved his family and was so proud of each one of you. We will miss his big hugs, his smiles, and his desire to keep everything organized. We will treasure all of the memories of special times together and I know that all of you will also. God bless you as you begin this new journey in life knowing that his love is still with you.

Bruno Reinys

May 15, 2018

I first met Joe at St. Madeline Sophie church. Joe was a usher team captain and was short an usher. He recruited me and provided the necessary training. We became better aqainted and worked well together.
When a vacancy developed for a team captain at another team I’m sure Joe was instrumental in getting me appointed team captain.
After some time Joe suggested I look into membership with the Knights of Columbus at the parish. I did and became a member after the recruiting formalities. Joe and I became even better friends with the activities at the Knights.
I miss him now, but remember him for all good guidance he provided me.

Kathie Newhouse

May 10, 2018

Shirley and Family,
We've been like family for many years, sharing many holidays and some travels. Been involved in many organizations and activities together. Who would have thought our "tall man, tour guide" , wouldn't be in charge, but he's leading us again! He wouldn't let me forget that it was "my fault" he was rooked into being Sec./Treas. of the dance club! He always told me "he would rather I owed him", than the other way around. He loved to drive and we traveled many times together. Always there to lend a helping hand. A good dancer and we had many opportunities to trade dances with each other. There will be an empty place in our hearts but will have many opportunities to share with you, Shirley, and your family. Thank you for being such dear friends!
Love you lots, Kathie & Alan

Bonnie Clark

May 10, 2018

Dear Shirley, Sue, Mary and family.

Memories are forever.
So happy to have wonderful memories of Joe over the the past 50 years. They will always be with us
to treasure.
Joe and Ed were special buddies in golfing, Twenty One Club, Elks, and just around the neighborhood.
He was always ready to help with anything. I knew I could call on him to help after Ed died. That was
very reassuring when I needed it.

Joe was the best. And we will miss him dearly.

Love to you all.
Bonnie and family.

claude king

May 10, 2018

Shirley, I am so thankful that I have got to know you and all the Dakota Club members thru Joe. He was the first one I met when I first timidly entered the club and he warmly greeted me and made me feel welcomed. He introduced me to you as being an available GOOD dancer(AND WAS HE RIGHT!). I always looked forward to seeing him and now he will be very regretfully missed!

Don Merck

May 4, 2018

Joe and I played basketball together for St. Leo's in 1954. Joe was first-string center. I was the back-up center. The only time I got into the game was when Joe got tired. I wish he would have been tired more often. Joe was taller, but I could jump higher. Yes, I COULD, Joe!