Joe Ewert, 63, passed away peacefully in his sleep early morning on Thursday, July 20, 2023, at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Barb Ewert (Miller), and two daughters, Jordan (Logan) Watts and Haylee Ewert, all of Charlotte, N.C. He is also survived by his parents, William “Bill” Ewert and Anna Lee Ewert of Halstead, Kan.; siblings, Jeff (Penny) Ewert of Burrton, Kan., Jill Backhus of Milwaukee, Wisc., and Jon (Renee) Ewert of Hesston, Kan.
Joe was born on July 7, 1960, in Newton, Kansas, to Bill and Anna Lee Ewert. He was baptized at First Mennonite Church in Halstead in June 1975 upon his confession of faith. He was a member of the church youth group and participated in their service trips. In his youth, he played summer baseball, and during high school, he was a drummer in the band, played football and ran track.
Following graduation from Halstead High School, Joe furthered his education at A&P Aircraft Mechanical School of Wichita, where he earned his Airframe and Powerplant Certificate. His career as an aviation mechanic began in Wichita in 1984, and he later transferred to Springfield, Missouri. In 1990, his career brought him to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he began working for US Air (later merged with American Airlines). He served the skies of the Carolinas for 33 years, with a few of those years spent at Philip Morris. Joe took pride in the friendships he made throughout his time at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Upon retirement, Joe and Barb had plans of traveling the country in a camper.
The joy of Joe’s life was his family. He loved his wife, whom he married on Oct. 8, 1983. Throughout their marriage, he showed continued strength and devotion to the life he and Barb built. He was also a devoted father who attended all school and sport activities of his daughters, cheering fiercely at every softball game. Joe showed continued support for his girls throughout every step of their life, where he took so much pride in sharing their successes with friends and family. Joe was ecstatic to welcome Logan Watts into the family to finally have the son he never had.
An avid golfer, Joe spent many of his days off with friends and son-in-law at his favorite golf courses throughout Charlotte. In addition, Joe would join his father on golf trips to some of the nicest golf courses in the country. Joe was a man of simple pleasures, taking fulfillment in his self-taught craftsmanship, where he selflessly worked on a variety of projects for his girls (house projects, cars, etc.) and yard work. He found peace when surrounded by his family around a bonfire in the backyard or at the beach.
A celebration of life service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the First Mennonite Church, Fourth and Santa Fe, Halstead Kansas. Refreshments and fellowship will follow in Stauffer Hall.
Condolences may be offered at www.McEwenPinevillechapel.com
For those wishing to send memorial donations, please consider the Humane
Society of Charlotte: https://www.humanesocietyofcharlotte.org/give/in-honormemory-of/.