Obituaries detail

Joseph A. Ule Jr., Age: 71
Jun 18, 1950 - Jul 06, 2021


Joseph A. Ule, Jr., 71 of Independence, MO passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at his home.




Joseph was born on Sunday, June 18, 1950 in Cleveland, Ohio to Joseph & Sylvia (Zakrajsek) Ule. Joseph graduated from his beloved high school, St. Joseph's located in Cleveland, Ohio. He would take his sons to many of his old high school sporting events growing up. Some of the best times of his life were at St. Joe's.  He went on to graduate with a Master's degree in business from John Carroll University.




He loved his son's more than anything, coaching their childhood teams and working together with them almost every day for the last 20 years building things for the wonderful families they worked for and became friends with. Joseph was an accountant, salesman, builder and remodeler. He built the house with his 2 sons that he's lived in with his best friend and wife, Debra for the last 17 years. 




He was very proud of his Slovenian heritage and attended Holy Family Church in Kansas City, Kansas, a Slovenian parish in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood. He loved his grandkids more than anything and his face would light up every time he saw them. He would chase you down the street to tell you about them or to just start a conversation. 




Joseph loved to joke and talk to people from all walks of life and would really make an impression on people he only met a few times. He loved history, was a history expert and was great with numbers. He knew a little something about everything. He was a great athlete and loved sports, especially basketball which he loved playing with his sons. He played in a softball league into his 60's and basketball league into his 50's.




He was Catholic and belonged to the Knights of Columbus, did charity work and was a regular blood donor. Something he was sad about was that he couldn't do anymore blood donations after he became sick. He always helped his family out and wanted them to be successful and happy. Continuing to work with his sons even though he was sick.  He was a great Dad and Grandpa. He was always so much fun and will be missed.




He is survived by his wife, Debra, his sons, Joseph & Steven, his daughter-in-law, Jolie, and 3 grandchildren, Daphne, Nicholas and Gabriel.




If you would like to make a donation to his former high school in his honor, he would have thought that was wonderful. Villa Angela- St. Joseph High School, 18491 Lakeshore Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44119.




A funeral mass will be held on July 24, 2021 at Holy Family Church located at 274 Orchard Street, Kansas City, Kansas, 66101. The service will be at 10:00 am.


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Holy Family Church
274 Orchard Street
Kansas City
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Date of Service:
Jul 24 ,2021
Time of Service:
10:00 AM
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Liz Barnes Jul 13 ,2021

Friend and client ,Overland Park ,Kansas

This is a great tribute to Joe. He was a big personality with many talents and skills. He left behind many examples of who he was — especially in his family but also in all he built, fixed, and changed. He will be missed. You have my deepest and most heartfelt condolences.

Michael Skebe Jul 13 ,2021

1st cousin ,Grand Junction ,Colorado

Joe and his family were extremely important to me and my family growing up in Richmond Heights, Ohio. He was my cousin and he was always very, very nice to me, his little cousin! They lived near us and we saw them a lot. My Uncle Joe, Aunt Sylvia and cousins Mark ,Joe Peggy and one of my best friends his brother Jack were so special to us! We had many wonderful holidays with Potica, Slovenian sausage and the other traditional ethnic foods! Joe -Thanks for the memories! Much love to his wife and family, Michael Skebe

Mary Arling Jul 14 ,2021

Friend ,Leawood ,Kansas

Joe was a very well-liked man, and for good reason. He really was a very nice person and he took a genuine interest in people when he spoke with them and talked with them about many different topics. He was very smart and he did like history and love to talk about history. I know my husband Marty and he had many good conversations. I know my husband truly enjoyed his company. I wish the family the best in their grieving process, and I hope they take comfort in knowing that Joe is no longer in such great discomfort, and he is with his Lord. You have our condolences. Mary and Marty Arling

Kathy Gontero Jul 14 ,2021

Cousin ,Madison ,Connecticut

Some of the best memories of my childhood were spent with Uncle Joe, Aunt Sylvia,Mark,Joey,Peggy,and Jacky.We celebrated every holiday with them. Joey was my older cousin but I remember his love of the St Joe’s Vikings. Rest In Peace Joe with your mom,dad and brothers. What a reunion that must be! My sympathy to your wife and sons. Sincerely Kathy Gontero

David Cameron Jul 14 ,2021

Friend of family ,San Tan Valley ,Arizona

My condolences to the family.Mr Ule was always very nice to me.I know his sons loved him dearly.May he rest in peace knowing he made a difference.

Janet Klancher Jul 14 ,2021

Cousin ,Leesburg ,Virginia

Hi family, Sending deepest sympathy. With you in prayer, Janet Klancher

Sharon Pacheco Jul 15 ,2021

Client ,Olathe ,Kansas

Joe was bigger than life and an absolute pleasure to be around. I don't think he ever knew a stranger! He was smart and engaging and without a doubt, loved his family with his whole heart! I consider it a real honor to have known him. When my sister was sick with cancer and the Ule dream team were rehabbing her daughters bathroom to accommodate her needs, Joe bought her lunch several times and took time to talk with her. They would laugh and joke around. It gave her a reprieve from the lows of dealing with cancer. That was Joe. He just knew people and he cared. To his family, will will pray God gives you comfort and strength as you work through your grief. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matt. 5:4 With condolences, The Pacheco Family

Susan McGennis Jul 16 ,2021

Dear Deb, Joe and Steve, -Sending you our sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved husband and father. Uncle Joe always added an element of humor and energy to any family gathering. I have so many memories of him and holidays at Grandma’s. My dad told us so many stories about his antics over the years as well. I loved reading his obituary and learned a lot about him! It warms my heart to know how close you all are. I hope your many memories give you peace at this difficult time. We are thinking of you. Take good care. With love, The McGennis Family Susan, Peter, Peter, William and Claire

Dwayne & Susan Eads Jul 18 ,2021

Co-worker ,Independence ,Missouri

Debbie, we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and Joe's son's and their families. Thinking of you all. It's not an easy thing but you have family, friends and your work family/friends. Just know we are there for you.

Teresa and Greg Jul 19 ,2021

Friends ,Sydney Australia

Sending our deepest conferences for you DEB and family. Joe was such a wonderful man, so glad we had the opportunity to meet you both. xx

Larry Pickman Jul 23 ,2021

Friend ,Horton ,Kansas

Good man.It was a pleasure to get to know Joe. My sincere condolences to Debra and family.