Mr. Joss, a resident of Alliance, Neb., and formerly of Waxahachie, died suddenly on Saturday, July 7, 2007, in Ashland, Mont., as the result of a tragic automobile accident while on vacation with his family.

John Wayne Joss Jr. was born in Seattle, Wash., on Friday, Nov. 1, 1957, to the marriage of John W. Joss and Ruth Margarett Ayres Joss. He attended elementary school in Washington before moving to Waxahachie in 1970.

He was a member of the 1975 graduating class of Waxahachie High School and later attended Navarro County Junior College and Sam Houston State University before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1980. He completed a 23-year career in the service with the rank of master sergeant and served military assignments in Desert Storm, Korea and Europe.

He completed his bachelorís degree and received his masterís degree from Wayland Baptist University in 2002. He taught special education in the Wichita Falls ISD.

In 2004 he began his last employment as a train master with the Burlington/Santa Fe Railroad in Alliance where he and his family were active members of the Alliance Christian Church.

He is survived by his dear mother, Ruth M. Adair of Waxahachie; his wife, Laura Joss of the family home; his children, Julie Joss of Tyler, John W. Joss III of Lacey, Wash., Jessica, Joy, Jody and Jennifer Joss, all of Burkburnett, Texas, Abby, Landon and Jackson Joss, all of Alliance; sisters, Ruthe Adair Groth and husband Holger of Waxahachie, Jacquenette Castellow of Edmonds, Wash., and Joeann Smith of Seattle.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1967 and his stepfather Richard T. Adair in 1998.

Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2007, in the chapel of Hampton Vaughan Funeral Home, 1917 State Highway 79 South in Wichita Falls. Rev. Ronnie Lawson officiated.

Interment followed with full military honors in the Veteranís Garden at Crestview Memorial Park.

The family suggests memorials be directed to the John W. Joss Jr. Memorial Fund in care of any Wells-Fargo Bank branch location.