Dec. 16, 1953-Jan. 6, 2019
Joe Ufen, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend passed away suddenly on January 6, 2019 in his home in Magnolia, TX, only 6 days after his retirement.
Joe was born to Henry and Margaret Ufen on December 16, 1953 in Miller, SD. He attended Miller High School, where he graduated in 1972. He then attended the University of Montana and graduated with a degree in Forestry in 1976. He was part of the ROTC program while in college, which allowed him to enter the Army as 2nd Lieutenant. He served in the Army for four years, stationed in Fort Hood, TX from 1977-1980. After leaving the Army, he moved his family to Butte, MT. He decided to change his career path when he took classes in the Army for computer programming, taking a job at the Montana Power Company, where he worked for 16 years from 1980-1996. While living in Montana, Joe enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, skiing, and the outdoors.
Joe married Trudy Snell in 1977. They had 2 children together, Aubree and Beau. Joe and Trudy ran the Plaza Pub from 1992-1997. Although they later divorced, they remained friends.
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Joe moved to Colorado Springs in 1997, where he met the next love of his life, Donna Minter. He then moved to The Woodlands, TX with Donna and they were married May 2, 1999. They then moved to Magnolia, TX in 2005. He continued to work in the computer programming field until his retirement from CGI on December 31, 2018.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Margaret Ufen; his brother, Frank Ufen; his sister, Donna Kazcrowski; his mother-in-law, Katherine Minter; his brother-in-law, Bobby Minter; and his ex-parents-in-law, Norman and Doris Snell. He is survived by his wife, Donna Ufen of TX; daughter and son in law, Aubree and Peter Jehnke of TX; son, Beau Ufen of CA; granddaughters, Kaela and Emily Jehnke of TX; "adopted" daughter, Monica Gnagy of AZ; sister, MaryAnn McFall of WY; ex-wife, Trudy Clarke of Butte, MT; brothers-in-law, Jim Kazcrowski of MN and Roger Minter of TX; sister-in-law, Tracy Minter of TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A "Celebration of Life" was held in Magnolia, TX on Saturday, January 19, 2019.