Joseph Francis Radler, 87, of Texas City, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at his residence. He was born October 13, 1925, in Hitchcock, Texas, to a large and loving, close-knit family. He served in the US Navy and began his career at The Longhorn Tin Smelter in Texas City, which later became Wah Chang Smelting & Refining Corporation. After leaving the tin smelter, Joe began his entrepreneurial career as the owner and operator of Baskin Robbins on Palmer Highway in Texas City. His next venture led him into the construction industry, where he owned and operated a dump truck business. Joe’s true legacy, however, began when he and his wife purchased the Fork & Spoon Coffee Shop on 6th Street in Texas City, which they owned and operated for over 40 years. It was there that Joe made countless friends, treating everyone as family and never meeting a stranger. Joe will be remembered as a loving husband, caring father, and doting grandfather.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, John and Minnie Radler; sisters, Minnie Scott, Mary Koban, Annie St. Marie, and Helen Oliphant; and brothers, Charles, John, and Mike Radler.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Ruth Radler; children: Joanne Reid and husband, Bill, of Texas City; RuthAnn Alsup and husband, James, of Clear Lake; son, Joe Radler and wife, Lorretta, of Santa Fe; grandchildren: Tonya Creel and husband, Willie; Brad Reid, MD; and Joey Radler; brothers, Frank Radler and wife, Mary Lou; and Bobby Radler and wife, Carol; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Joe’s family will receive visitors beginning at 2:00 pm, Saturday, September 14th, at James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque. A funeral service will begin at 3:00 pm at the funeral home. In accordance with Joe’s wishes, he will be cremated following the services.