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Joel Willet Pfister

Mon, Oct 15th, 2012
Posted in All Obituaries

Joel Willet Pfister of Deephaven, Minnesota, left quietly, and peacefully, the evening of October 10, surrounded by those he loved.. He is survived by his wife, Teresa; siblings, Jan (and Rich) Milne, Denny (and Shari) Pfister and Tricia (and Steve) Allen; assorted inlaws and cousins; 23 half nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews who brought him great joy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lenard and Patricia Pfister; and his sister, Tracy Conlin. Joel was born 68 years ago in Preston, Minnesota, graduating from Preston High School. Following college at Winona State, Joel served in the Air Force for six years, after which he lived in Texas, working in the financial software field. He returned to Minnesota, switching gears entirely, and founded Source Engineering, LLC, a contract design and manufacturing firm. An entrepreneur, talented mechanical designer, and very creative man, Joel owned, or co-owned, 32 patents covering a variety of devices, designs and delights. Joel flew planes, sailed big boats and drove fast cars. He was a long time member of the Porsche Club of America, racing his yellow #21 with skill and daring on road courses all over the country. Joel’s family thanks Dr. Ronald Vessey and Dr. Burton Schwartz for the compassionate care given Joel. We are also eternally grateful to Joel’s Posse for their extraordinary care of him over the past 9 months; Aune, Nikki, Jamie, Jen, Liz, Amanda, Dawn, and Sue. If desired, in lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to one of two of Joel’s favorite charities; Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities, or The Salvation Army. A party celebrating Joel’s life will be held from 6-9pm, Wednesday, October 24 at the BayView Event Center in Excelsior, MN. Please come to share your favorite stories.


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4:15:19, Nov 1st 2012

May we rejoice knowing he is at peace and with his parents and his dearly missed sister Tracy.
Joan Hovey