Joseph G. “Joe” Herold passed into eternity on March 10, 2020. He was 65 years old.
Joe was born on August 21, 1954, at Wichita, Kansas to Pete Frank Champion and Delores Hinojosa Champion. He was adopted on September 25, 1954 by Louis V. Herold and Margaret I. Herold. He graduated in 1972 from Osage City High School and also from Washburn University (B.A. History) in 1981 and Washburn University School of Law (Juris Doctor) in 1984. He also attended Kansas State University for one year (1978-1979).
Joe was admitted to the Kansas Bar on September 28, 1984, and was an attorney in both private practice and public service. Most recently Joe performed e-discovery document review work in Overland Park over the past four years. Joe was awarded an Outstanding Service Award from the Kansas Bar Association in June 1988 for his Amicus Brief in State ex rel Stephan v. Smith and Fromme.
Joe was a member of the Phi Delta Theta social fraternity at Washburn University and also at Kansas State University, a parishioner of St. Patrick’s (Osage City), a member of the Knights of Columbus (Dodge City), a member of the NRA and he was also a Charter Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.
Joe was selected as the 2005 Topeka Area Phi of the Year for his work with the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and he was also the Chapter Advisor for the Kansas Beta Chapter at Washburn University, in addition to also serving for the Housing Corporation (Delta Phi) who operated the Chapter House.
Joe is survived by a daughter, Lisa M. Herold, a nephew, James Gregg, and two nieces, Deborah Gregg and Ilene Storm. He is also survived by Steven R. Whitmore, a lifelong friend, neighbor and a “little brother by another Mother”. Joe was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Margaret Tuttle (Dee).
Joe enjoyed Oklahoma football, Kansas State basketball, history, conservative politics, current events, classic AMC muscle cars, books and movies, and talk radio. He also had a deep religious consideration and love of God, his family, friends and country.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church in Osage City on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. A Rosary will be prayed at 12:30 p.m. and a luncheon will be served following the Mass.