Pete married Rachel McCoy on April 13, 1957, in Aurora, Ill He attended West Aurora High School, where he was the captain of the 1949 football team that won 21 straight games and also won two Big 8 titles.
After graduating in 1950, Pete joined the U.S. Navy in 1951 and served for four years. After the service, he played semi-pro football for the Aurora Clippers.
In 1956 he joined the Aurora Police Department, where he attended several law enforcement institutes, including being a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., in 1974. Pete retired in 1986 after 30 years as a Lieutenant Shift Commander.
He retired to Mammoth Spring, Ark., in 1986, and for a short time worked as a sergeant for the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
Survivors include his two sons, Pete Joy of Montgomery, Ill., and Tim (Janet) Joy of Aurora; his daughter, Jennifer Joy of Mammoth Spring; his grandchildren: Hannah (William) VanDuzor of North Aurora, Sean Joy of Montgomery, Daniel and Nicholas Joy of Aurora, and Steven, Cheyenne and Gabriel Joy of Mammoth Spring; and his brother, Dennis Joy of Stevens Point, Wis.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Rachel; his parents; two brothers; two sisters; and two grandchildren, Hailey and Samuel.
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 1, from The Daleiden Morturary in Aurora to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Pastor Patricia Geiseman officiated. A police honor guard participated. To leave condolences for Pete’s family or sign the guest book www.daleidenmortuary.com .
A Memorial Open House for Marcel “Pete” Joy will be held for all friends, neighbors, family and all who loved this wonderful man on Thursday May 8, at the Fun and Friends Senior Center, Chestnut and Front St., downtown Thayer from 4 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.