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Joseph “Joe” D. Desorcy, 88

Joseph “Joe” D. Desorcy, 88, of Plover, Wisconsin, died July 7, 2024, at The Lodge at Whispering Pines in Plover.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2024, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Shuda Funeral Chapel, 3200 Stanley St., Stevens Point. Family and friends are invited to gather and share memories. Burial with full military honors will follow at Guardian Angel Cemetery.

Joe was born Aug. 4, 1935, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to the late Rich and Pearl (née Pollack) Desorcy. His family relocated to Stevens Point, where he attended St. Peter’s Grade School. He later attended a boarding school in West De Pere, Wisconsin, and graduated from St. Norbert High School in 1953, where he was a standout athlete in basketball and football.

Following high school, Joe served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1954 until 1962. During this time, he met Marlene Shibliski, whom he married on Oct. 25, 1958. They spent 23 years together until her passing on July 5, 1982. They lived in several Midwest cities, with their longest stay in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. The marriage brought Joe his greatest pride: his four sons, Kurt, Thomas, Michael, and Timothy.

Joe had a distinguished career in the insurance industry, beginning with his graduation from Marquette University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in personnel administration. He worked for Milwaukee Insurance for 41 years, holding multiple positions, including vice president of claims. In 1970, he achieved the highest test score in the nation at the Insurance Institute of America. He also served as president of the Wisconsin Claims Council in 1982 and chairman of the Conference of Casualty Insurance Companies Arbitration Panel. Joe was also a member of the Plover Fire and Police Commission.

Despite an uphill childhood, Joe became known for his determination and strong work ethic. He enjoyed flying planes, bowling, playing cards, and golfing, even scoring a hole-in-one at Tree Acres Golf Course in August 1996.

Joe is survived by his sons, Kurt (Paula Mueller) Desorcy, Thomas (Linda) Desorcy, Michael (Julie) Desorcy, and Timothy (Dawn) Desorcy; eleven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Gabriel Desorcy. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene, and his parents.

The Desorcy family extends their appreciation to the staff at The Lodge at Whispering Pines for the compassion and care provided to Joe. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Joe’s name to Dream Flights at www.dreamflights.org. Online condolences may be sent at www.shudafuneral.com.