GALLUP -- Funeral services for Joseph Virgil Bahe, 72, of Sanders, Ariz., were held June 4 at Cope Memorial in Gallup with Rev. Jerry Yonne officiating. Interment followed at the Sunset Memorial Park in Gallup. Joseph was born Feb. 24, 1942, in Fort Defiance, into the Hashk'aa hadzohi (Yucca Fruit-Strung-out-in-a-Line Clan), born for Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water Clan). He died May 30, 2014, in Gallup. Joseph attended Washington Elementary School, junior high and high school in Winslow, Ariz., and the University of New Mexico in Gallup. He was employed with McKinley County Sheriff's Department, NTUA, Navajo Communications, Right Away Agent, Navajo Department of Transportation, Social Services, and CDBG. Joseph enjoyed football, baseball, softball, fishing, camping, rodeos, bingo at the casinos, word search, and volunteering with the Navajo Nation Fair. His father was a Navajo Code Talker so he always supported veterans. Joseph is survived by his wife, Stella A. Bahe; sons, Patrick J. Bahe of Gamerco, N.M., Delbert A. Johnson of Gallup, and Elbert H. Johnson of Rock Springs, N.M.; daughters, Patricia McKinney of Gallup, Josephine Verna Bahe-Frank of Iyanbito, N.M., and Terry Bahe of China Springs, N.M.; brother, Gerald V. Bahe of Pennsylvania; sister, Evelyn I. Elliott of Round Rock, Ariz.; and 21 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Joseph is preceded in death by his father, Woody Joe Bahe; mother, Geraldine Y. Bahe; brother, James V. Bahe; and daughter, Theresa A. Bahe. Pallbearers were Justyce Olivas, Scott Johnson, Marcus Johnson, Julian Martin, Johnathan Andrews, and Jerry Anderson. Honorary pallbearers were Damon C. Becenti II, Delbert A. Johnson, Elbert H. Johnson, Shawn Garnenez, Shane Garnenez, Patrick J. Bahe, Gerald Bahe, Eugene Shorty, Tyler Bahe, and Noah Bahe. Cope Memorial was in charge of arrangements.
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