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Joseph Anthony Musil, age 95 of Warren, died Thursday, May 4, 2017 at "A Room at the Inn" Adult Foster Care in Warren. He was born January 13, 1922 in Oslo, Minnesota, son of the late Frank and the late Anna Musil.

Mr. Musil was a longtime employee of the Budd Company in Detroit where he worked as a machinist. Following many years of dedicated service, he finally accepted his well-deserved retirement and headed off toward a brand new chapter in his life,…one of more relaxation and freedom. One of the interesting aspects of living to the age of 95, chances are you're going to spend more time retired than you did on the job, as was the case with Mr. Musil.

Another remarkable aspect of Mr. Musil longevity would have to be his status as a veteran, most notably as one of the few remaining World War II veterans from our "Greatest Generation." So it is, with thanks and praise from a grateful nation, that we pay homage to Mr. Musil for answering the call to serve and for doing so with untold bravery and patriotism. As a soldier in the U.S. Army, he served both at home and overseas with ribbons earned for time spent in the European, African and Middle Eastern Theater of Operations in his fulfillment of duties. For the sacrifices made and his willingness to stand in harm's way for the preservation of freedom's sake, we honor his service and extend our posthumous gratitude for wearing the uniform so proudly.

Following his return stateside, Mr. Musil picked up from the camaraderie he had come to know with his "brothers-in-arms" in the war and decided to join the membership ranks of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, (the VFW). A commonly known fraternal order of soldiers who spent time overseas in service to our country, Mr. Musil found great reward and satisfaction through his membership in the VFW, along with enjoying all of the benefits that came with the sharing of stories and the friendships made over the years while in the group.

A second association he enjoyed was that of the Knights of Columbus, of which he was a member of the Fr. Kramer Council in Center Line, Michigan. Much like the VFW was to his military service, the Knights of Columbus was to his faith and service within the Catholic church, specifically as a member of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Warren. With a deep and abiding faith and his desire to serve others, the Knights afforded him the perfect match of service and fraternal brotherhood with like-minded servants.

Whether it was his buddies at the VFW, his fellow Knights at the hall, or simply and family member or friend, one of Mr. Musil's favorite pastimes was enjoyed while playing a game of cards,…pinochle being his game of choice. Though it really didn't matter what the game was as there was bound to be all kinds of fun no matter the game. Just put some friends around the table, start tossin' the cards amongst the table chatter, and a good time was destined to be had by all,…the memories of which Mr. Musil lived to enjoy and create with those special to him.

Mr. Musil was also known to enjoy a bit of travel in his day. There was simply something special and refreshing about getting away for a period, whether near of far, and seeing new and interesting things to balance out this experiment called life,…and travel offered the perfect escape from the responsibilities of the everyday demands, not to mention the creation of some wonderful memories as well.

Joseph was the beloved husband of Leona, and dear father of Allen Musil and Joe Musil.

Visitation for Mr. Musil will be held Monday, May 8th from 5-9 pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren. He will lie in state on Tuesday from 9:00 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 9:30 am at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 31555 Hoover Road in Warren. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township, Michigan.

Please share memories of Mr. Musil at his memory book above.