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Joseph A. “Joe” Caraway

January 6, 2014

Joseph A. “Joe Caraway, 46, passed away Monday, January 6, 2014 at his home near Tipton.

He was born April 21, 1967 at Denver, the son of William G. and JoAnn Hyman Caraway.  He grew up in the Delia community and graduated from Rossville High School in 1985.

Joe had lived in Topeka before moving to the Tipton community several years ago.  He was employed by Farmway COOP.

On March 8, 1986 he was united in marriage to Cheryl Lundin at Rossville.  They later divorced.

Joe was preceded in death by his father William G. Caraway; an infant daughter, Kayla; his dad, John Nitsch and a sister Kim Kriepe. 

Survivors include his mother, JoAnn Nitsch, Delia; three daughters, Ashley Caraway and Roxie (Daniel Schiefelbein) Caraway all of Topeka and Kelsey (Charlie) Fulton, Carbondale; a son, Jeffrie Caraway, Emmett; four brothers, Jim Caraway, Lawrence, Rick Caraway, Denver, Tom Caraway in Arkansas and John “Dink” Nitsch, Delia; five grandchildren, Kiera, Kamdyn, Jaxon, Kensleigh and Korebn.


Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys.  The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9:00 A.M. until service time.  Interment will be in the Delia Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions may be made in Joe’s name and sent in care of the funeral home.  Online condolences may be sent to www.piperfuneralhome.com.

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20 thoughts on “Joseph A. “Joe” Caraway

  1. I have only met Joe a few times, but he was always friendly and smiling. Seems he had a kind and fun personality. I will miss getting to know him better but grateful I got to meet him… So sorry for your loss best wishes for his family… RIP Joe…

  2. My Deepest sympathys to Joe,s wonderful family. We are praying for compfot from the Heavens to hold you up when you need him.I knew Joe as a very close personal friend and I I know he is up thee with Levi and looking down on us wishing they could let us know how AWESOME HEAVEN IS.God Bless you My friend I will truly miss that sparkle in your eyes and that big beautiful heart. Love you and I will see you again.


  3. We are so sorry for your loss. Joe was a very good friend of ours. We enjoyed him so much on New Year’s Eve. He told us so much about all of his family and just showed us pictures of his mother, children and grandchildren. He was such a joy to be around. Always a smile on his face. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Quite a shock to hear of Joe’s passing. He will be missed by so very many. I had not seen Joe in probably 10 years, but thought about him often. I got to know you kids when I bought Park Inn, and I always felt the love that your dad had for all four of you. I am truly sorry for the pain that you are experiencing at this time, just know your dad and his love will always be with you. Pam

  5. I’m so very sorry to learn of Joe’s passing. Prayers to his family and friends and my thoughts are with you all during this very sad time.

    Michelle Tebo

  6. It is with a sadden heart that Jerry and I send our deepest condolences to all of Joe’s family. His loss had touched many. We regarded Joe as one of our other children and we loved him as such. Hold on to the good times and all the fond memories for he will be with us all in spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.
    Love Ya!!! Jerry & Kay

  7. Although I have never had the pleasure to meet Joe, I wanted to express my deepest condolences to your family for your loss.
    May you draw comfort from John 11:11-14,where Jesus compared death to a sleep from which one is awakened by resurrection. Soon we will see our loved ones again as promised at John 5:28,29, on an earth where all causes of suffering and sadness no more…Revelation 21:4,5.

    May the God of all comfort and hearer of prayer be with your family during this most difficult time.

  8. To Joe’s Family and Friends,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Joe was part of my 1985 graduating class. Although we ran in different circles in school, I was fortunate enough to occasionally run into him through the years. And every time I had, he was always smiling and asking me what I was up to ect. Always made me smile in the process. RIP, Joe. I’m gonna miss that smile.

    Prayers to you all,
    The Araiza-Seematter-Thomas families

  9. I am so sorry to the family for your loss. To the mother who lost her son, and the children who lost there father. And to theloss that the brothers and all other family members are having to endure. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. R.I.P. Joe Caraway

  10. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Joe’s family. I am so sorry for your loss… May he rest in peace….

  11. I’m so very sorry to all of you. This is just a big shock for all of us. I Love your Dad and all you girls. He made more memories for me than I could possibly list. He was a very fun loving guy and you all should be very proud to have had him in your lives. I love you all, and Joe, to my very best friend, R.I.P. I Love you, Troy

  12. I was very saddened to hear about Joe’s passing. Although I have not seen Joe in several years we had a lot of fun times together during our high school years and after. My condolences go out to his entire family. May the good Lord comfort you all during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace my friend and thanks for the memories.

  13. JoAnn, Ashley, Roxie, Kelsey and Dink,
    I’m sorry for you loss. Condolences to you and the entire family. You’re in
    our thoughts and prayers.
    Blessings from Angela, Amber, Alexis and Tanner Cox (Wahoo and Heatwave).

  14. JoAnn and Family,
    We were so saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. He was quite the character & prankster–the orneriness just spilled out of him! He will be missed. May he rest in peace and may you all find comfort in your memories of him. Please accept our heartfelt condolences in your loss.
    The Stum’s ~ Sis & Wilbur,Jr.

  15. Kelsey and Family,
    We are very sorry for your loss. We hope that God’s gentle hand will guide you and keep all fond memories present.
    – Ryan, Doreen, Bridgette, McClain and Austin

  16. Aunt JoAnn & family,

    Praying for comfort for each of you at this difficult time. I was SO sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Please know you all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. We are shocked and saddened by the news of Joe’s passing. Our hearts go out to the family. So sorry that the children are burying their father as young as they are. Our hearts go out to JoAnn, Jeff, Ashley,Roxie and Kelsey. We really do love Joe, he will be sadly missed.

  18. Ashley, Roxie, Kelsey
    Ladies I am so sorry to hear about your dads passing. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you. Can only image what you are going through right now.

    May your be able to find peace
    Stephanie Sheley

  19. Can’t even begin to tell you all how sorry we are for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Shout if there’s anything you need.

    Jim and Shari Gentry & boys

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