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Joseph Gary Tavis

Jan. 2, 1937-Oct. 10, 2012

October 13, 2012
Minot Daily News

Joe Tavis, 75, Minot, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in his home surrounded by his family.

He was raised and educated in Glen Ullin and Almont, where his parents, Ralph and Pearl (Nilles) Tavis, owned and operated the Tavis Cafe.

Joe served as a paratrooper in the Army from 1956 to 1959. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to North Dakota.

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Joe was once married to Joanne Heid from New Salem. This union was blessed with three children. They moved to Minot in 1969.

Joe worked for the North Dakota State Highway Department for 37 years, retiring in 1999.

He enjoyed shooting pool, playing cards, and doing jigsaw puzzles with his many special friends.

Those who shared in his life: daughters, Debbie Smith and Lori (Gary) Grantham, all of Canon City, Colo.; son, Joe (Shirley) Tavis, Hazen; four grandchildren, Jared, Justin and Jordan Grantham, and Nicholas Smith; his best friend of 43 years, Elton Ellingson, Jr., and his special friend, Maxine, both of Minot; his wonderful Dakota Terrace Apartments "family," his retired Highway Department breakfast buddies, and his many pool league friends; sisters, Jackie (John) Hulm, Bismarck, Marlys Gates, Springfield, Ore., and Darlene Leuandoski, St. Cloud, Minn.; and several nieces and nephews.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Doran; uncle, Ernie; and special friend, Janice Miller.

Funeral: Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, 10:30 a.m., at St. Leo's Catholic Church, Minot.

Visitation: Monday, one hour prior to the service, at the church.

Graveside service: Monday, 3 p.m., at the Almont Cemetery, Almont.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Those wishing to sign the online guest register or share memories of Joe, may access the online obituaries at (

(Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot)



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