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Story, Joel L

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March 30, 1950 - September 5, 2015

Story, Joel L

Joel Lee Story was born in Stratton, Nebraska March 30, 1950, to Fay and Marjorie Story.  He graduated from Fremont High School in Fremont, Nebraska in 1968.  After graduating high school, Joel attended Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.  At Oakland University, Joel began his professional acting career.  His passion for acting combined with his acclaimed musical talent, specializing in vocals and as an accomplished drummer, lead him to the west coast.  Joel performed throughout the Midwest and the West coast.  You will still see Joel in a variety of movies, numerous commercials, and many public service announcements.  In 1979, Joel met the love of his life, Cathy Sargent.  Joel and Cathy married, and started their family; having two sons, Ethan and Aaron.  Ethan and his wife, Gaelen, just transferred from Alaska to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Aaron and his wife, Tiffaney, live in Oklahoma City, and with a daughter and two sons, Averie, Aiden and Ari.  Joel is also survived by Craig and Kay Story, San Antonio, Texas; Sue Moore, Imperial, Nebraska; Marc and Cheri Story, Kingwood, Texas;  and Kent and Rhoda Story, Denver, Colorado. 

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Joel worked for Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he still has a family of friends.  Into his late 50’s, Joel discovered a new passion—nursing.  After graduating nursing school in Nebraska, he and Cathy moved to Texas.  He started work at Rosemont Assisted Living in Atascocita in 2012.   His deep love and genuine compassion for the well-being of others can be best described by the following testament from one of his associates……   

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I am heartbroken to hear about the passing of Joel Story.  He was an amazing human being, friend and artist.  He adored his family.  He was kind to me when I was young and finding my way in the world.  His talent wa boundless. His heart was immeasurable.  One of the last times I saw Joel was a few years ago at the downtown Mill.  I was struggling then (to say the least) and bumped into him, and he made time for me.  He had stopped away from the boards to become a nurse and care for the elderly as they passed.  He talked about how sometimes older gentlemen felt restored dignity in receiving care from a male nurse.  He told me about the older ladies and how he loved caring for them.  He talked about the Universe and fear and life and he reminded me through his own example that it was okay to move on.  I needed that visit with him so badly.  On that day, he was my stars aligning.  His presence and stories gave me the perspective I was grasping for and I remember thinking in the moment, “Joel is an angel sent for me today.”  Before he left that day, he told me that one of the best parts of his new life was holding people in his arms as they went.  He would sing songs from the 1940’s into the ears of his patients as they closed their eyes for the last time.  Then, once the breath had left their body, he’d open the window so their soul could slip through and float into the heavens.  Joel, my sweet friend, I would do the same for you if I had the chance.  I will love you forever.  I will never forget you……

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Joel continued his passion by being an organ donor.  This past week-end, the family was informed by the Gift of Life Organization that Joel’s donations had complete matches, several in the Houston area, and lives have been improved, extended, Saved!

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Service Information

Funeral: A celebration of life was held on 2015-09-10 at Darst Funeral Home. The sharing of food and fond memories will follow the 7 pm Celebration of Life.


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