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Joseph Albert Shirer Sr.

February 26, 1930 — January 8, 2023

Joseph Albert Shirer born on February 26, 1930, in New Orleans, LA passed away on January 8, 2023 at the age of 92 at his residence surrounded by family members. He was the son of the late Irwin Newton Shirer and Emily Harris Shirer. He graduated from Jesuit High School in New Orleans, in 1948 and participated in all four varsity sports – football, basketball, baseball and track that each won the 1946 State Championships. He attended LSU on a football scholarship and played in the Sugar Bowl. Joe graduated from LSU in 1953 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. Joe married Kathleen Hymel in 1953. They resided in New Orleans until retiring to Poplarville, MS in 1991. Joe was devoted to the love of his life, Kathleen and his family. He served active duty in the Air Force from February, 1955 to February, 1957 and remained in the Air Force Reserve until October 1965, retiring as a Captain. He worked for Exxon for 33 years, retiring in 1986 as a senior technical advisor. He originated and recommended most of the high profit projects completed during his career at Exxon and was widely recognized as an expert reservoir engineer. After retiring at age 56 from Exxon, he established his own engineering consulting company and then with the purchase of his Poplarville, Mississippi property, he became a farmer raising cows, sheep and cultivating crops.
Joe is survived by his eight children; Elizabeth M. Shirer, Joseph A. Shirer, Jr., MD, Peter J. Shirer and his wife, Laurie L. Shirer; Mary S. Romagosa and her husband, David J. Romagosa, Margaret S. Adams and her husband, Terry L. Adams, Doris S. Bryan and her husband, Thomas F. Bryan, Kathleen E. Shirer, and Rebecca S. DeMonte and her husband, Scott L. DeMonte, his fourteen grandchildren and his siblings, Irwin N. Shirer, Jr., Robert J. Shirer, Joan Shirer LaPointe and Lois Shirer Smarr. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Kathleen, his parents, Irwin and Emily Shirer, and his siblings, Marie Shirer McClure, Emily Shirer Carazo, Richard H. Shirer, and Frederick D. Shirer.
Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral Mass at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, 1230 S. Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA, on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 11:00 am. Visitation will commence at 10:00 am. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, 5200 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA.
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Saturday, January 14, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church

1230 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

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