Joseph Michael Fooshee III

  • Born: September 22, 1946
  • Died: March 5, 2019
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

Joseph Michael Fooshee III, 72, passed away March 5th, 2019 surrounded by his family. "Mike", as everyone knew him, was born on September 22nd, 1946 in Commerce, Texas to Joseph and Willie Mae Fooshee.

Mike was a member of the Graduating class of 1965 at Lanier High School in Austin and was an active participant of monthly class luncheons to this day. After Graduation from High School, Mike joined the United States Army and served his country proudly. After serving his country, Mike began working for IBM Corp in Austin, Texas, while at the same time he began to build time in his greatest passion; Aviation. Not long after, he left the security of a steady future with IBM to turn his hobby into his career. His Aviation career was quite legendary. He flew 2 Texas Governors and several other politicians, former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, several businessmen and several celebrities including George Strait. After years of flying Corporate, Mike began his career at Southwest Airlines in June of 1988. Mike retired from Southwest Airlines as Captain at the age of 60 and began building his own private airstrip near the Austin area. Mike had made hundreds, if not thousands of friendships and relationships thru every chapter of his life and maintained them to this day.

Mike Is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Willie Mae Fooshee, sister, Lana Fooshee and sister, Sherry Fooshee. He is survived by brother, Steve Fooshee and wife, Jill, sister Carol Roberts, nephew, T.J. Roberts and wife Amanda, niece, Larissa Roberts, nephew, Graham Fooshee and wife, Jami, nephew, Tom Fooshee and wife, Lauren, great nephew, Taylor, and great nieces, Brooke, Lana and Daisy.

There will be a Celebration of Life held at Austin Baptist Church, 7016 Ribelin Ranch Dr. Austin, Texas, 78750 at 11am on Saturday, March 9th with a reception to follow afterwards. There will be a private burial at the cemetery at a later date.

In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Austin Baptist Church in Mike's name where Mike was a dedicated member.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I've known Mike since high school and always appreciated his friendship. We recently reconnected through automotive interests. Praying for his family and loved ones.

Posted by Monte Barber - Kilgore, TX - Friend   March 11, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike's family at this time. We are saddened by Mike's death and as long time acquaintances and friends, we will miss his friendship and pleasant outlook towards others. We are so sad to say we are sorry to have missed his recent visit when he stopped by our offices just a few weeks ago. Mike was generous with his kindness to others. He was very supportive of our Kars for Kids fund raisers and functions from 1989-1999. He will be missed by many.

Posted by Bill and Jeri Sather - Georgetown, TX - Friend   March 08, 2019

My good friend. I will miss him.

Posted by Gregg Squires - Cedar Park, TX - Friend   March 07, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.

Posted by Diana & Edward Cardonita - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   March 07, 2019

Mike was a good friend to both David Mandot and myself. He not only shared his enthusiasm for all things aviation (and cars) but also helped both of us tremendously as we progressed through the myriad hoops in aviation to our dream jobs. After David's death and my retirement (in 2017) Mike continued to help me to find the best people to work on our airplanes, give BFRs, and general contact information. We all know that Mike was absolutely the very best networker (aka: rumor monger, though all of his that we learned of were spot on and therefore not the typical "rumor"). I will miss them both for the rest of my days. Over the next few months, and probably years, we will think of something that we want to tell or ask Mike and our hearts will once again go out to his family and all that felt a connection to him. My hope now is that they are swapping stories and keeping an eye on all of us as they wait for us to join them.

Posted by Capt./Dr. Becky Howell - Elgin, TX - Friend   March 07, 2019

Mike, your wings were ready,but for us it was way too soon! We do know though that God's timing is always right! Heaven must have needed another Angel and they certainly got a good one!

When we miss someone as we miss you it is because we were lucky enough to have had someone very special in our life, You! We know that Heaven is much sweeter with you there! We also know that each of us will see you in Heaven! We Love you Mike Fooshee!❤❤

Posted by Don & Lynda Walker - Mesquite, TX - Family   March 07, 2019

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