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Obituary for Joe Angell

October 2, 1942 - December 2, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 75


Mr. Kerry Joe Angell, son of the late Thomas Harold Angell and Laura Eliza Angell was born on October 2, 1942 in Austin, Texas. He quietly departed this life on Saturday, December 2, 2017 surrounded by his family.

Joe was a proud American. And at an early age, he joined the Marines. While serving his country, he had the opportunity to play baseball for the Marines. His position was that of pitcher, and he was scouted by the major leagues! Due to an injury that required surgery, his athletic career was cut short and he was honorably discharged. Joe had a passion and love of Hot Rods, Harleys and basically anything on wheels. Following the Marines, he worked for CB Smith Volkswagen as a wrecker driver. Mr. Smith took a liking to Joe, and trained him to become a Volkswagen mechanic. Shortly thereafter, he started his own mechanic shop in his mother-in-law's (Eunice Connor) garage. This led to co-ownership of a Phillips 66 Gas Station with Nikki Connor in 1968 (off Ben White) where his auto mechanic business grew. Being the "self-made" entrepreneur that he was, Joe opened up his own shop "Joe Angell Automotive" in August of 1969. He built his business on a platform of honesty with every customer, and he soon developed a reputation of excellence and respect. His business flourished up until the day he sold it in December 2014. As a hobby from 1971-1973, Joe with partners George Cox and Tony Sconci, built the Banzai Funny Car and competed in NHRA, IHRA, and match race events around the country.

Joe was a "people person" who loved his friends and family. Favorite hangouts during his youth included the "Pig Stand" where Hot Rods were a popular attraction, and Big Stacy/Little Stacy Pools. Legendary Austin drag racer "Hands," (August Hartkopf), had a garage on Barton Springs Road where Joe and his friends would hang out. Joe liked to fish, ride Harley's, run Hot Rods, play blackjack in Las Vegas, and loved Elvis! He actually got to see him several times while in Vegas. Joe "Papaw" is loved and adored by his family. His number one love in life was his siblings, daughter, granddaughters, and numerous other family members. He was a devoted father, grandfather and trusted friend. Service to others was always a top priority in his life.

Joe is survived by one child, Cristen Angell; two grandchildren, Crystal and Lauren Balderas; brother, Eddie Angell; sister, Elaine Winkler; brother-in-law, Chuck Winkler; many nieces and nephews; caretaker, Tim Barnes; and his dog, "Little Man." Joe is loved by so many because of his generous spirit and cheerful personality. His positive influence will forever remain in the hearts of all who knew him.

Funeral Service 3:00 pm on Friday, December 8, 2017 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 South Congress.

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2620 S. Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
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