Joseph F. McCauley


RACINE, Wis. - Joseph Felix McCauley, 87, of Racine, Wis. passed away Oct. 24, 2019 at his residence. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., Racine with Rev. Ricardo Martin officiating. Private interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Racine. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 and at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Felix was born Oct. 21, 1932 in Tiskilwa to James Edwin and Alma (Lamkin) McCauley. He married the love of his life, Julie Henkel on May 30, 1959. She preceded him in death.

Survivors include six children, Donna (Jon) DeGroot, Ann (Tony) Barriere, Lori (Jim) Komas, David (Kim Gage) McCauley, Steven (Melanie Flynn) McCauley and Alan (Katie Baumgardt) McCauley; 14 grandchildren, Max and Gabrielle Barriere, Will and Drew Komas, Patrick (Amanda), Regan, Norah and Erin McCauley, Cassidy, Alanna and Miranda McCauley and Adalyn Tangredi (Dominic), Clare and John McCauley; two sisters, Catherine Murphy and Mary Alma Kuebel; one sister-in-law, Mary McCauley; and many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. 

He was preceded in death by his wife; one sister, Lola (Harold) Stanard; three brothers, Jim (Goldie), Oscar and Al; two brothers-in-law, Garylord Murphy and Joe Kuebel; one niece, Tracie McCauley; one nephew, Bruce McCauley; and many other cherished relatives and friends. 

After graduating from St. Bede Academy in Peru, Felix proudly served as a corporal in the U.S. Army for a tour of active duty, stationed in Japan. He and Julie moved to Racine, Wis. in 1968 where they raised their family of six children. He was a faithful and active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church for more than 50 years. He expressed his love of music by singing in choirs and shared his musical talent with so many throughout the years. He developed lifelong friendships at Sacred Heart and in the Racine community with the Racine Dairy Statesmen Church Singers and at Franciscan Villa where Julie lived out her final years. He proudly served others as the general manager of the Racine Catholic Cemeteries until his retirement in 1996. After retirement, he was a commissioner on the Caledonia Utility District for 13 years. He and Julie volunteered at the Racine Food Pantry and Felix donated blood for those in need. He had a love of sports as an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks and Bulls. He enjoyed golfing and spent many wonderful hours golfing with family and friends in the Ives Grove Golf League. Above all, Felix left a legacy of love, faith and family. He and Julie were extremely proud of their children and grandchildren. He was beloved for his warm smiles, big laugh and bear hugs. 

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests donations be directed in Felix’s name to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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