Joseph Frank Lathrop, of Denver, Colorado, died on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at his home in Santiago, Dominican Republic. He was born to William Dempsey and Rose (Oldenburg) Lathrop Sr. on July 17, 1942 at their home in La Crescent, Minnesota. Joe spent his childhood in La Crescent and served in the US Navy from 1960 to 1965. He worked several different jobs throughout his life, and eventually retired as a taxi driver in 2010. Joe married Patricia Phelan in 1965 and they divorced in 1990. He married Iluminada Abreu in 1991. Joe was an avid lover of baseball, and a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs. He enjoyed traveling, playing cards, telling stories and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife Iluminada, his children, Joseph (Nancy) Lathrop II, Robert Lathrop, Rebecca (Robert) Lancour, Rose (Bradley) Stoor, stepdaughters Monika Stenger and Lidiette (Kevin) Gilchrist, twelve grandchildren, Benjamin Lathrop, Timothy Lathrop, Bobby Lathrop, Caroline Lathrop, Christian Lancour, Fox Lancour, Shania Lancour, Gwendolyn Stoor, Alexander Stenger, Sarah Stenger, Dylan Gilchrist, Sebastian Gilchrist, three brothers, Jack (Janice), Dan (Carol), Steve (Kathie), one sister Sue (Don) Melster, and two sister-in-laws, Mary Lathrop and Sid Lathrop. He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers, Kenneth, Michael, Ned, Larry and Bill.
A memorial service will be held at the Heflebower Funeral and Cremation Services of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, on June 13, 2022 at 11:00 am, followed by a reception. Cremation and interment will be in the Dominican Republic. Memorials may be sent to the funeral home, or to a charity that supports veterans.