Joe Vercher Jr., 87, of Orange, passed away Saturday, June 21, 2008 at his residence.  Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 23, in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.  Officiating will be Brother Gary Carter.  Interment will be at Mary Williams Cemetery in Orangefield.  A gathering of family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Born on Oct. 17, 1920 in Orange to Joe Vercher Sr. and Lizzie (Jarrell) Vercher, he had previously lived in Orangefield then moved to Jasper and then he and his wife moved back to Orange on Feb. 4, 2006 which was also their 62nd Wedding Anniversary. 

Mr. Vercher worked as a welder for Levingston Shipbuilding Company in Orange and later worked until retirement from the Boilermakers Local 587 in Orange. He was a World War II veteran of the United States Army as a Staff Seargent with the 3211th Engineer Fire Fighting Company and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  He enjoyed working crossword puzzles, had the ability to build just about anything with his hands. Among his family he was thought of as the five foot four inch giant who was very loved by all of his family.

Mr. Vercher is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Dempsey Vercher and Bobby Vercher. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Edna (Bertrand) Vercher of Orange; sons, Joe David Vercher Sr. and wife Johnnie Faye of Bridge City and James W. Vercher and wife Bridget of Pineville, La.; brothers, Tunny Vercher and Tommy Vercher both of Orange; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. 

For those desiring memorial contributions, please make a donation in Mr. Vercher’s memory to the Veterans of Foreign War, Post #2775 in Orange or Hospice of Texas, 2900 North Street, Suite 100, Beaumont, Texas 77702 .