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Robert 'Joe' J. Musson

June 15th, 1980 – June 13th, 2021

Robert (Joe) Joseph Musson passed away Sunday, June 13 in Effingham from a heart attack. He was born June 15, 1980 in Des Moines, Iowa to Bobby and Jeri Musson.

Joe is survived by his parents Bobby and Jeri Musson, two sisters Nicole (and Matt) Westcott of Rushville and Jessie (and Wes) Wendte of Altamont; four aunts Paula Musson of Astoria; Jody (and John) McWhorter of St. Elmo; Jackie Smith (and TW Hern) of Arlington, Texas; Angie (and Buck) Merrill of St. Elmo and one uncle Steve (and Sharon) Musson of Astoria; two nieces Ady and Serenity Wendte of St. Elmo and four nephews Maddox Westcott of Rushville and Brysen, Greyson and Beau Waylon Wendte of Altamont, step-great-grandfather, Wayne Conners of St. Elmo, IL and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Lorene Spain and Dellas Spain; paternal grandparents Jess Robert and Violet Musson; one uncle Jon (and Debra) Spain, and step-great-grandmother, Joan Conners.

Joe was a 1998 graduate of Astoria High School where he enjoyed playing football and excelled in Art. Later he became part of a semi-pro football league in Indiana called the Morgan County Broncos with his uncle Jon Spain helping coach. They were division champions in 2000.

Joe was a big guy with a big heart. He was always a kid and always the kids' favorite playmate and they all called him Joe Joe. He was silly and embarrassing at times. At family gatherings you'd usually find him wrestling, wrangling and giving horsey rides to all the kids. He loved old school video games, drawing, cooking and making people laugh. He also enjoyed spending time with his Astoria cousins (and their children) Melissa Musson, Stephanie (and Wes) Carithers and Courtney (and Braden) Wherley at family gatherings and leftovers.

Joe spent most of his life fighting depression and a drug addiction and unable to love those around him without pushing them away. In February, when his newest nephew was born and his littlest sister was very ill he told himself he was tired of living life as an addict and he had something to live for. He wanted to make memories with his nieces and nephews. In May, he went to spend the summer with Jessie, her husband Wes and their children on their farm in rural Altamont. From the moment he learned that he had been welcomed to come visit - he talked about nothing else night and day. He was grateful for life and the opportunities that welcomed him. He spent his summer making memories with not only Jessie's kids but his cousin Trever (and his family) fishing and camping. He was happy, his heart was full and he was finally able to accept the love from his family they'd waited a long time to give. He shared some of these thoughts with his best friend Dustin Cox- who loved him like a brother his whole life. A great weight was lifted from Joe's soul and he went to heaven clean from the substances that took so much from him. He also left memories his nieces and nephews will likely never forget.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 19th and noon at Shawgo Funeral Home in Astoria. A short visitation will precede at 11 am. Family and friends will gather at the Astoria Christian Church following services.

Condolences


June 15th, 2021

So sorry for your family's loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Deb and Jim Park

June 15th, 2021

I was one of Joe's nurses over the years. It makes me happy that he found the peace and serenity in his last months that had always eluded him.

June 15th, 2021

I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers hugs and love for all of you.

June 15th, 2021

Sorry for your loss. Prayersfor the family

June 16th, 2021

So sorry for your loss Alan and Georgiana Clemens

June 16th, 2021

So very sorry for the family's loss! Marsha Thomas

June 16th, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Send my Thoughts & Prayers for All of Your Family's.

June 16th, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Send my Thoughts & Prayers for All of Your Family's. Sue Palmer & Family's

June 16th, 2021

So glad he found his happiness and love, and that you had time with him, i am sorry for your family loss, its never easy loosing someone you love. Thoughts and prayers with you all.

June 16th, 2021

Sorry for your loss. Will keep you in our prayers. Robert and Susan Cameron.

June 16th, 2021

I’m sorry that Joe has died at such a young age but glad that had found some peace with his family. Rosemary Perdew

June 16th, 2021

So very sorry for your loss! Joe had the biggest heart. Sincerely, Amy (Cox) Pepper

June 16th, 2021

So sorry for your Families loss of Joe! Our thoughts and prayers for All for Peace and Comfort at this sad time!! 🙏🙏🙏. Mike and Peg Davis

June 16th, 2021

We will never forget you Joe! You will forever live on in our family. RIP big guy 😭

June 16th, 2021

So sorry for your loss, keeping you all in our thoughts and Prayers

June 16th, 2021

So sorry for your great loss !! Bill and Rosie Brockley

June 16th, 2021

So sorry for your family's loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. JaneyFord

June 16th, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Uplifting prayers for the entire family 😇🙏💜. Joe was a very gifted man. He always made us smile and was a caring man. We all have blessed memories of him. We will be dearly missed. God bless, love & prayers to all, John & Jule Purvis

June 16th, 2021

Jeri and family, sorry for your loss.Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Your friends, Mike & Mary Wessel

June 16th, 2021

So very sorry for your loss. Brad and Lisa (Pollitt) Aberle

June 16th, 2021

Sorry to hear this. Too young. Rich and Nicki Hazzard

June 17th, 2021

Sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family. Jeff and Melissa Payton

June 17th, 2021

Thinking of your whole family during this difficult time. Alison

June 17th, 2021

God has called another angel to heaven now the devil cant harm him any longer you will be missed greatly but always in our hearts r.i.p till we meet again bobby jeri. An the girls an family may god comfort u though the sorrow an pain that u feel god bless

June 17th, 2021

I'm praying for the family and very sorry for your loss. Joe had a big heart. We shared a lot of memories growing up. He was always a good friend. Travis

June 17th, 2021

Thoughts and prayers. I will miss the big guy and love you all. God bless