Joe Fred Jelinek was born October 1, 1929 on the Bluff City farm. He was the youngest of 6 children. Joe passed away on Christmas day at the Patterson Health Center at the age of 90 years, 2 month and 24 days.
The Marine Corp was his calling and he served in the Korean War. He was discharged with honor in 1954 as a corporal.
While serving overseas, Joe married the love of his life Peggy Jean Jones on June 7, 1952. They were blessed with 2 children, Marilyn and Richard.