Joey Ems

Joseph A. “Joey” Ems, age 90, of Grand Marsh, Wisconsin passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at his home.

A celebration of life will be at 3:00 p.m. with military honors at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019, at the Grand Marsh Community Center. Interment will be at the Gould Rock Cemetery, at a later date.

Joey was born June 13, 1928, in Grand Marsh, Wisconsin to George and Mildred Ems.

He graduated from Westfield High School in 1947 and was drafted into the United States Army on November 25, 1950, serving during the Korean War.  He was honorably discharged on November 16, 1952.

Joey married Jeanne M. Podoll on June 5, 1954, in Adams, Wisconsin.

He retired in November of 1990 after 20 years of working for the Adams County Highway Department.

Joey enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and snowmobiling.

He founded the Grand Marsh Pathfinders Snowmobile Club and was a member of the New Chester Fire Department, the Lions Club, and Grand Marsh Area Development.


Joey was preceded in death by his parents, George & Mildred Ems and brother, Roman Ems.


Wife:  Jean Ems of Grand Marsh, Wisconsin

Son:  Jody (Joey) Ems of Grand Marsh, Wisconsin

Son:  Joseph (Katie) Ems Jr. of Grand Marsh, Wisconsin


Myles Tourtillott of Portage, Wisconsin

Jerra Seehafer of Madison, Wisconsin

Whitney Schmidt of Grand Marsh, Wisconsin

Jesse Fritz of Grand Marsh, Wisconsin

Jena Ems of Grand Marsh, Wisconsin

J.J. Ems of Grand Marsh, Wisconsin

Great-Grandchildren:  Delaney, Lilyana, and Laraina

Niece:  Donna (Dave) Williams of Janesville, Wisconsin

Nephew:  Tim (Lisa) Ems of Oxford, Wisconsin

He is further survived by many other relatives & friends

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  1. June Hesler says:

    You all have my deepest sympathy. He was always willing to help anyone, and was a very valued member of the community. He will be greatly missed.

  2. Sharon Trzesniak says:

    Jody, JR and family, I am so sorry for your loss!

  3. Desire’e & Darren Schlafer says:

    JR and Family, We are sorry for your loss ?

  4. George Tracy Ferge says:

    We could never ask for a very close friend who has taught so much and donated so much time to his community and helping others you will be sadly miss my friend RIP

  5. Debbie Stevens & family says:

    Joey will be so missed by his family & friends. He was a pillar of the GrndMarsh community…RIP.

  6. Bruce and kathy says:

    I can’t think of anyone who has done so much for so many . May his reward be eternal rest and plenty of cold beer!!

  7. Coral Klein Smith says:

    Sympathy and love to all the family.

  8. Barbara Friedman says:

    Joey was such a kind mand When we first moved here if we called him because we needed to ask about a problem with pump etc he was ready to help RIP dear man how wonderful to go to heaven and left such a wonderful footprint on the earth

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  10. Love, Gloria (Manthey) & Jim Kaufman family says:

    Sending our deepest condolences to the Ems Family

  11. Alan Babcock says:

    Jody and JR and the rest of the family I’m so sorry for your loss

  12. Gary manthey says:

    I knew him a long time when our family and his would get together for a cookout. Will miss him a lot. Our thoughts are with all of the family. God bless all of you.

  13. Dennis Leist says:

    To the family of Joe Ems sorry for your loss. New Chester Fire Department.

  14. Jeanne M Rykiel -Trevorrow says:

    So Sorry for Your Loss Jeanne & Family ,Have many fond Memories of Joey ! He was a Wonderful Man, gave so much of himself to others , May God give You all Peace during this difficult time. Love & Prayers

  15. Jeanne M Rykiel Trevorrow says:

    My deepest Sympathy to Jeanne & Family in the loss of their Loved One. Joey was a Wonderful ,Caring Man ! He did so much for the Community and brightened many people’s Day’s with his Smile and jokes ! I treasure my memories ! Love & Prayers to all.

  16. Chuck and Julie Schnolis says:

    Jody and Jr,
    We are so sorry for you loss of your dad. We’re thinking of you during difficult time. Sending you hugs.

  17. Loren welch says:

    So sorry about your loss he will be miss by a lot of people.

  18. Nichole Harrington says:

    I am so sorry for you loss. I have many great memories. Sending thoughts and prayers to the entire family.

  19. kirk holman and family says:

    sorry for your loss

  20. Kari Banovec says:

    I’m so sorry for you loss, you are in my thoughts & prayers.

  21. Megan Robinson (Kotlowski) says:

    So sorry for your loss. Many thoughts and prayers to you all.

  22. A.J Lumbt says:

    So sorry for your loss. Heaven got a real Angel. May your memories be your comfort…

  23. Beth says:

    My thoughts and prayers for the family! Hugs to u all

  24. Kim Cleland says:

    JR, thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Hugs.

  25. Crystal & Larry Nawrot says:

    Thinking of you during this time.

  26. Cindy and Todd says:

    Thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. He will be greatly missed by many. Hugs to all of you.

  27. Andy Mack says:

    JR I am sorry to he about your dad May he Rest In Peace.

  28. Jeanette Rykiel says:

    This man blessed many lives with his amazingly warm heart and personality. I have many many memories of him in my childhood. May he be in heaven fixing those pesky washing machines and enjoying a few cold ones with my daddy. My thoughts are with you Jeannie and family! May your memories comfort you.

  29. Curt and Michelle Pollex says:

    JR, Katie girl and family~I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Sending you love and biggest of hugs!!! ♥️ Love y’all so much!!

  30. Peg Lecy says:

    So sorry about your loss.