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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Joel Townsley Bach

  • Joel Townsley Bach, 56, of Middleboro, MA., went to sleep and woke up with his Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.
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  • Joel Townsley Bach, 56, of Middleboro, MA., went to sleep and woke up with his Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.
    Born, December 2, 1957, in Louisville, Kentucky, he was the son of Dr. Lysle and Martha McKenney Bach.  The family moved to Hannibal in 1958. Joel was a 1976 graduate of Hannibal High. He attended college in Sterling, KS., and completed his education at Belmont College in Nashville, TN., where he joined the police academy. He was a law enforcement officer in Berry Hill, TN., Police Department until 2001.
    Joel is survived by his wife, Marie Bach, of Middleboro, and his son, Brett Bach (Lindsay) of Savannah, GA. He will be lovingly missed by his stepmother, Fran Bach of Hannibal; sister, Lou Lemen (David), Monroe City; sister, Laurie Knight (Larry), Nashville, TN.; brother, David Bach (Vicki), Columbia, MO.; stepbrother Mike Fleming (Lois), Nashville, TN.; dear cousin, Jill Burke; and beloved aunt, Mildred McKeown of Lexington, Ky.; uncles, Jerry McKenney (Betty), Henderson, KY; and Tom McKenney (Marty) Marion, KY.; nieces and nephew include Shannon Franklin, Columbia, MO.; Stephanie Mitchell of Hallsville, MO.; Joshua Bach (Maria) of Olathe, KS.; Emily Fleming, New York City; and Mary Brynn Fleming, Nashville, TN.; cousins, Carole Ann Bach, Lynn Bach, and Ted Bach (Sherry), all of Nashville, TN. Great-nieces and nephews include Claire Mitchell, Natalie Mitchell of Columbia and McKenney Bach of Olathe, KS.
    While living in Massachusetts, Joel was a security guard for the Christmas Tree Shops for more than 10 years. Joel’s love for music and playing the guitar led him to the Central Congregational Church of Middleboro, where he served humbly as the choir and praise band director. He was dearly loved for his warm and loving spirit. He took great pride in helping rebuild the church following a devastating fire. He loved the Lord and attributed his passion to the scriptures to his father, who set the example for all around him.
     Joel was laid to rest according to the wishes of his wife on February 17, 2014, at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Middleboro, MA.
    Memorials may be directed to the Central Congregational Church of Middleboro, the First Presbyterian Church of Hannibal music dept., or Gideon’s International.
     
    A memorial service sharing music and memories with family and friends will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Hannibal on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at 2 p.m.
     

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