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Thatcher Woods
Friday September 17th, 2021
3:00pm - 6:00pm

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Joseph C Moffett

Joseph C. Moffett, “Red”, 84, of Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood, formerly of Oak Park, passed on July 17, 2021, after living a good life.

He is preceded in death by his father Shirlee Moffett, mother Bertha (Martin) Moffett, sister Bianca Bennett, and first wife Elisa (Jacobucci) Moffett (2014). He is survived by his two daughters, Armanda (Daniel) Turney and Antoinette (David) Reynolds and his grandchildren, Elisa (Josh) Foeh, Benjamin Turney and Amber Reynolds.

Anyone who knew Red, knew of his love of flying. Cessna’s were his favorite planes! Montana and Yellowstone National Park his favorite destinations. Armanda and Antoinette remember many trips to Wisconsin; visiting the Dells, Lake Geneva, and skiing. Joseph was the longtime proprietor of Red's Frame & Axle in Edgewater and a friend to all.

Please join us at a Celebration of Life Gathering, Friday, September 17, 2021, 3:00 – 6:00 PM at the Thatcher Woods Picnic Shelter in River Forest, Illinois. Swap some stories, meet Red’s family, remember him fondly.


I worked for Red in the summers of '71 and '72, right out of high school. I doubt he ever knew it, but he was my first mentor. In those days Red specialized in frame straightening that no other shop could handle. Watching him work taught me that with enough self-confidence a person could accomplish just about anything. Those were colorful times in the shop. We built the frame cage in '71 and people came from around the region to see it. There was nothing else like it. Red left me "in charge" of the shop for two weeks while he drove his cherished Olds Toronado to Glacier National Park. He left instructions with the body shops in the area not to send new work while he was gone, but the fact that he trusted me enough to keep the doors open for alignments and wheel balancing is something I've never forgotten. I also will never forget the pictures of his daughters he kept in the only clean spot on his desk. After 50 years I still think of Red often.

Marty Vaughn Feb 27 2022 5:27 PM

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Alan Sidlo Oct 5 2021 4:24 PM

I met Red about 40 years ago while in engineering grad school. I got to a frame and axle problem I couldn't fix on my $250 junk car and found Red, which he fixed. We were both pilots and often went flying together from Midway airport. Also got to know his wife Edie too.
Very sad he's gone. My condolences to the family.

Jeff Perl Sep 17 2021 1:18 PM