Joe R. Banse, 88, of Orange, and formerly of Houston, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning at The Meadows Nursing Home in Orange.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:00 pm, Friday, Feb. 7, at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Weimar, TX. Interment will follow at St. Michaels Catholic Church Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Raymond Earl Barbre, Stevie Nicholas, David Janek, Norbert Banse, Melvin Banse and Leonard Banse. Honorary pallbearers will be Dan Muske, Marvin Thielemann, Charlie Hoelscher and Herman Schoenmann.

Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Thursday at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange.

Born in Weimar, on May 16, 1925, Joe was the son of Frank and Filomena (Berger) Banse. He was a meat cutter at Food Giant, loved to dance and loved his roses.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters and is survived by his wife of 33 years, Juanita Banse of Orange; niece, Carolyn Janek of Weimar, as well as other nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to River City Hospice, 2688 Calder Ave., Beaumont, TX 77702.