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Joseph Emil Ganim

Siskiyou Daily News
Siskiyou Daily News

Joseph Emil Ganim was born as the much desired and long-awaited child of Sam and Emmeline Ganim on May 12, 1942 in Weed, California. He was a dedicated and loyal son until their deaths both at 92. He and his younger sister Bonnie were very close up until her passing in 2016.

Joseph spent most of his life in Weed where he built community and raised his family with his loving wife of 58 years, Selma Ganim. Joe met Selma on a blind date and they were married on February 10, 1962. He was the father of Joseph, Michael, Carla and an infant son that proceeded him in death. Joseph and Selma have eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren all of whom loved their “Papa” very much.

Joseph’s natural instinct and passion for the entrepreneurial spirit at a young age found him owning a secondhand furniture store and supplementing his income by shooting pool and running hounds. He owned a full-service family shoe store and was known as “Mr. Shoebox” by the locals. He later became a real estate broker and developer. Joseph was a man of many hobbies and talents. He learned to fly at the age of twenty-five and has always loved hunting, fishing, biking and especially, golfing in his latest phase of life. Many of these hobbies he passed down to his children who now enjoy them as much as he did.

He instilled the love of baseball into his two sons while he was the President of the Weed Little League for nine years. He served as a Trustee at the Berean Church of Weed and as a member of Gideons, he shared his love of Jesus with many. Joe will be remembered for his work ethic, insight and determination. He was an amazing provider for his family and loved the feeling of accomplishment from a hard day’s work. He worked to the end of his days.

One of his favorite places to go was Shasta Lake where he spent many years of fun days on their family houseboat. In the last 15 years, he and Selma have traveled to Yuma, Arizona where they’ve spent winters with a nice community of friends and golfing buddies. Together, with Selma, they enjoyed several trips to Hawaii, the Bahamas, Mexico, and several cruises. A highlight of their travels was a trip to Israel and the Holy Land, unforgettable.

The loves of his life were Jesus, Selma, and his children and their families. His love for Jesus was especially strong and his family has faith that on May 18, 2020 he went home to Heaven and is with God today.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Weed Berean Church Building Fund or a charity of your choice.