Joe and Kay McInvale had been our neighbors at the lake – two doors down – since we moved here in 1996. At first they were weekend neighbors, keeping their house in Albany, where they moved as the last stop in Commander McInvale’s 34-year Naval career. Joe was a World War II veteran and served in the Pacific upon enlistment, as well as the Vietnam Conflict where he served aboard the USS America in the Sea of Japan.
They eventually made the transition to permanent neighbors, and we became close friends. Joe was an engineer and could design and build ANYTHING. He and Ted were all the time working on “projects” together, and as a retired registered nurse, Kay kept busy gardening and volunteering at the hospital in Albany.
When Mr. Joe’s health began to decline a couple of years ago, their four daughters suggested they both move into an assisted living home in Atlanta, where Donna, their oldest of four daughters, lives – and that is what they did. Last fall, while we were still in Michigan, Mr. Joe passed away.
Donna and Kay still come down and spend time occasionally at the lake house, and this past weekend they were here. They mentioned they were going to ride over to Andersonville National Cemetery, where Joe was buried in October with full military honors. We invited ourselves along, and on Saturday morning we picked them up and made the short drive.
Andersonville National Cemetery was established to provide a permanent place of honor for those who died in military service to our country. The initial interments, beginning in February 1864, were those who died in the nearby prisoner of war camp.
Rest in peace, Mr. Joe. You are missed.