Joel L. Back
Joel Back, 70, passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018 at his home in Lake Mills. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 4, at Salem Lutheran Church, Lake Mills, with Pastor Joel Guttormson officiating. Inurnment will be in Salem Memorial Cemetery, rural Lake Mills. A memorial visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 3, from 5-7 p.m., at Salem Lutheran Church and will continue one hour prior to the service on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Joel Back memorial fund in care of the family.
Joel Lynford Back was born July 29, 1948 in Mason City, to parents Lynford and Carmen (Kluckhohn) Back. He was baptized and confirmed at the Klemme United Church of Christ and graduated from Klemme High School, Klemme.
He was united in marriage with Yvonne Fossum on June 5, 1976 at the West St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Hayfield, Minn. The couple made their home in Lake Mills where Joel worked for almost 25 years in production control at Streater’s, Albert Lea, Minn., and Yvonne taught school. Most recently Joel worked for Winnebago Industries, Forest City, retiring in 2012.
Joel was a sports fanatic. He loved watching, supporting and pushing his kids as they grew up competing in high school sports; he was an avid Hawkeye, Chicago Cubs, and Chicago Bears fan; and most importantly, he cherished time spent with his granddaughters, watching them play softball and basketball. He liked to fish, he gardened at home, and Joel found relaxation golfing at Rice Lake for many years.
Over the years, he had taken vacations with his family to Cass Lake, Branson, the Black Hills, and went on a trip to Ft. Myers with Yvonne last year.
Joel is survived by his wife, Yvonne, Lake Mills; two children: David (Aubrey) Back, Ankeny; and Kjerstin (Tony) Hulke, Courtland, Minn.; two granddaughters: Morgan and Mckenna Hulke; a sister, Roxanne (Daryl) Brager, North Liberty; brother, Dave Back, Hayfield, Minn.; his mother-in-law, Cecile Fossum, Kasson, Minn.; and many extended relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lynford and Carmen; and his father-in-law, Lloyd Fossum.