Joe Foss was a bonafide hero. After a good, long life of 87 years, he passed away on January 1st 2003. He was a WWII air combat ace. He personally shot down twenty-six enemy planes. He became a state legislator and later became governor of the state of South Dakota. He was also the first commissioner of the American Football League and is considered one of the founder of the Super Bowl. He also was active with Campus Crusade.

Joe was an incurable optimist who once said, "I always had the attitude that every day will be a great day. I look forward to it like a kid in a candy store, wherever I am." What many of his friends remember was Joe moving from one house to another for one purpose - so more cars could be accommodated at his home Bible study.

-Michael Shannon, Preaching March/April 2003