Joseph M. Sleeper Jr., 87, passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at his home in Caribou, after a brief illness. Joe was born in Caribou, the son of Joseph and Alma (Meelan) Sleeper.
Joe owned and operated Sleeper's retail store in Caribou, with his brother, Ike, for 35 years. He loved his family and his time spent at Madawaska Lake. He was proud of his service to his country in the United States Navy. He was a devout Catholic and member of the Parish of the Precious Blood.
Joe is survived by his wife of 61 years, Doris; his children and their spouses, George and Patti Sleeper, Matt and Brenda Sleeper, Sandra and Mark Ford, Joseph and Tanya Sleeper II, Brian and Barbara Sleeper, and Neal and Gillian Sleeper; his siblings, Mitchell and Florence Sleeper, Enid and Bob Corey, Natalie Adamson, Nelson (Ike) and Jeanne Sleeper, Dottie and Mike Fitzgerald; and a brother-in-law, Joseph and Helene Haddad. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He will also be missed by numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Norma Merrell; and a sister-in-law, Lucy Ruot.
Friends and family may call on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Lancaster Morgan Funeral Home, 11 Clover Street in Caribou. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Parish of the Precious Blood, Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Caribou. Interment will follow at the Maine Veteran's Cemetery in Caribou. A gathering will follow services at the Caribou Country Club. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe's name may be made to Cary Jefferson Foundation, 163 Van Buren Road, Caribou, ME, 04736 or the Caribou Country Club, 723 Sweden St., Caribou, ME 04736. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.lancastermorgan.com.