Joseph ‘Joe’ Ferro, 72, of Hot Springs, went to be with his Lord Jesus, May 28, at Rapid City Regional Hospital, in Rapid City.
Joe was born May 8, 1946, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Anthony and Margaret Ferro. He moved with his parents and sister, Marie, to Phoenix, Ariz., and ultimately to Denver, Colo., where he grew up. Joe graduated from Lincoln High School in Denver in 1964. He attended college at UNC Greeley with a degree in Speech. Joe taught 4 years at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo. He then returned to school at Denver Seminary where he earned his Masters of Divinity. Joe worked at Continental Airlines and Calvary Temple in Denver. Realizing his passion for law enforcement, he graduated from CLETA Academy for Law Enforcement in 1982. He worked at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s department for 21 years before retiring as a Lieutenant in 2002. After retiring, he worked for Hertz in Denver.
Joe met and married Joni Strommen in 1980. They made their home in Aurora, Colo., and Centennial, Colo. until 2006, when they moved to Hot Springs. Interests and jobs in Hot Springs included working for the Angostura Reservoir and Pine Hills where he was still volunteering. Joe was Vice President of Right to Life in Hot Springs and spent many hours volunteering and helping where he was needed. Joe and Joni have been faithful attendees of Southern Hills Evangelical Free Church where they headed up the food drive every December. Because of his relationship with Christ and his wonderful personality, Joe loved well and was well-loved. We will miss him.
Joe is survived by his wife, Joni of Hot Springs; niece Diane (Steven) Bobrick of Aurora, Colo.; as well as many cousins and wonderful friends. Visitation was held from on Sunday, June 3, at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs. Funeral services were Monday, June 4, at the Southern Hills Evangelical Church in Hot Springs, with Pastor Mark Crossman officiating. Committal services followed at Evergreen Cemetery in Hot Springs. A memorial has been established in Joe’s name to benefit The Gideons International, PO Box 248, Edgemont, SD 57735. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs.