Edward “Joe” Schell passed on to his Heavenly home on Sunday September 23, 2018. He was born on July 19, 1963 in York, Pennsylvania and has been a Gulf County resident since he was fifteen years old. Joe was a leader in the business community in Port St. Joe, running the BP service station in the 1990s.He loved to spend time at the VFW and to be outside, whether on the water or working with his hands. Joe’s greatest joy was his family and friends, and he was known for his kindness and willingness to help. The greatest honor to his memory one could give would be to spend time with those you love or offer an act of kindness to someone in need.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ruby; a daughter, RebeccaPalik (Michael); a son, Christopher Schell (Abby); two step-daughters, Demecia Joiner and Caitlin Gilley; three grandsons, Evan Joiner, Peter Palik, and Benjamin Schell; and two granddaughters: Evelyn Palik and Lydia Schell. His surviving siblings include two brothers: Gary and David Schell and two sisters: Etta Mars and Shirley Fortunato. He also leaves behind numerous beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Joe is preceded in death by his father Clarence Schell, mother Madeline Daugherty, and sister Brenda Schell.

A memorial service was held 2 p.m. ET Friday, September 28, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Port St. Joe, with the family accepting visitors at 1 p.m. EST until the service. In lieu of flowers, please honor Joe’s memory by making donations to the American Lung Association either online at lung.org or by mail to 6852 Belfort Oaks Place, Jacksonville, FL 32216.