Joe Ed PeschBRECKENRIDGE, TXJoe Ed Pesch, 76, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017 in Abilene. Visitation will be held Monday, January 16, 2017, 5:30PM to 7:00PM at Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home. Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 2:00PM at the First Baptist Church with interment following in Breckenridge Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home. Joe Ed was born on December 18, 1940 to Adolph Anton (Ike) and Betty Cordelia Whatley Pesch in Breckenridge, Texas. He attended school in Moran until 1956. He moved to Breckenridge that year and became a member of the Breckenridge Buckaroo State Football Team. It was also the year he met the love of his life, Samantha Boyd. He graduated from high school in 1959 and shortly thereafter married Samantha in July 26, 1960.Joe Ed started his career in the oilfield with Lone Star Gas, retiring in 1993 after 25 years with Oryx Energy, where he was production foreman. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Roughneck Bible Class. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and spending time with his family. Joe Ed is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Samantha; daughter, Penne and Husband, Terry Baugh; son, Tim and wife Hallee Pesch; his favorite grandson, Turner "Catfish" Baugh and his wife, Brandi; other grandchildren, Hunter Baugh and wife, Chelsi, and Ike and Aly Pesch; great-grandsons, Tucker, Bayler, and Gunner Baugh, and special life-long friends Gary and Sharron Brown. He was preceded in death by his parents.In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels or the Maude Allison Scholarship Fund.