Joseph Peter Joyce III
Joseph Peter (Pete) Joyce III died unexpectedly March 30, 2013 on the Arizona Trail near Strawberry at the age of 75.
The son of Joseph Peter and Adele Joyce (nee James) of Oak Park, Ill., he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elisabeth (nee Bamesreiter). He is mourned by his children Andrea and Michael; brothers, James and Christopher; sisters-in-law, Jean and Joy; nieces and nephews, Tannisse, Susan, Michael, Joel (Stephanie) and Patrick; and great-niece, Caitlin.
Born in Springfield, Ill. and raised primarily near Chicago, Mr. Joyce graduated from St. Lucy Elementary School in Chicago in 1951, Fenwick High School in Oak Park in 1955, and Xavier University in Cincinnati in 1959. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe and Vietnam and retired from the Reserve as a lieutenant colonel.
He came to Arizona to work for Allied Signal in Phoenix, where he enthusiastically embraced biking, hiking, trail maintenance, camping and learning about the history and culture of the state. After retirement, Mr. Joyce spent most of his time around Strawberry, eventually dedicating his time and effort to helping expand the Arizona Trail system.
Memorial donations may be made in his name to Arizona Trail Association, P.O. Box 36736, Phoenix, AZ 85067-6736 or at www.aztrail.org/memorial.html.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 9 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 2121 S. Rural Road in Tempe.
In addition, a memorial Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 11 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 511 S. St. Phillips St. in Payson.
Interment will be in St. Germain, Wis. in 2014.