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Dawn Lee Joeckel

February 7, 1955 — November 5, 2023



Dawn Lee Joeckel, 68, of Callaway, Nebraska, formerly of Taylor, Texas, passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born on February 7, 1955 in Denver, Colorado, to Neil and Shirley (Schaffroth) Harmon. Her family lived in various places before she attended school in Clear Lake, Texas and graduated from Clear Lake High School with the class of 1973. She then went on to further her education at a local Community College.

In 1977, Dawn married her high school sweetheart, Frank Yates. One daughter was blessed to this union: Brooke. They made their home in Webster, Texas and were married for 4 years.

Dawn moved to Denver, Colorado and was united in marriage to Tim Joeckel in 1985. Three children were blessed to this union: Whitney, Sunny and Chance. Tim and Dawn lived in Colorado until 1988 when they moved and made their home in Callaway, Nebraska. While living in Callaway, Dawn was a florist and also worked for Robert Edgington at the Right Drug Store. In 1999, the family moved to Woodland Park, Colorado where Dawn worked in Estate Planning.  In 2010, they followed Brooke to Texas where they settled in Taylor, before she moved back to Callaway two months ago when her health started to decline.

Dawn will be remembered best for the way she made others feel.  She was a great listener, trustworthy, and easy to talk to.  She had a way of making you feel like you were the only person in the room, and had a healing touch.  She was nonjudgmental, kind-hearted, had a big smile and wonderful, infectious laugh.  She loved flowers and interior design, was great with makeup and fashion, and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her children, Brooke (Henry) Moore of Callaway, Whitney (Jake) Roehl of Belton, Texas, Sunny (Dylan) Malan of Callaway and Chance Joeckel of Marble Falls, Texas; three grandchildren, Raven and Willow Malan and Maverick Roehl; one brother, Mark (Lisa) Harmon of Littleton, Colorado; three sisters, Laura (Bob) Bramhall of Littleton, Colorado, Mary Bartos of San Antonio, Texas, and Teddi (Paul) McDonald of Dallas, Texas; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, Dawn was preceded in death by her husband, Tim and best friend, Joan Osterhoudt.

A Celebration Of Life Service will be held on Friday, February 9, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at the Callaway United Methodist Church with Jake Roehl, officiating.

There will be no visitation, as the family is honoring Dawn’s wish for cremation.

A memorial has been established in Dawn’s honor, and kindly suggested to the C.C.F.F. (Pool Fund). She was a pool board member when she lived in Callaway and was excited by the pool project being completed summer of 2024.

Timm-Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Callaway is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting:

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