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Several clips from 8mm movies shot in the 50s and 60s showing Joe and his family.

Joe's retirement from Walker Machinery Company, 1998.

"The Roll Of Drums" theme was inspired by a 16mm Caterpillar safety film that Joe kept close at hand in the trunk of his car, ready to show to any group that was interested in learning about heavy equipment. The equipment rollover and crash scenes were particularly popular with Boy Scout groups.

The Walkers enabled the retirement video creation at Motion Masters in Charleston. Hours of stories were clipped and edited into a 'not much longer than 5 minute' presentation at Joe's retirement party.

Joe's obituary as it appearing the the Charleston Gazette, Daily Mail, and Gazette-Mail.

Josephe E. Dailey

Joseph Edward Dailey, 86, died July 5, 2014 at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston, W.Va. He was born March 27, 1928 in Corning, N.Y. to Edward John and Kathryn "Kitty" (Walter) Dailey.

Joe graduated from Painted Post High School N.Y. and was president of his freshman class and vice-president of his senior class. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout, played varsity football, baseball, and basketball and was named to All County and All Sectional basketball teams; winner of the local American Legion public speaking contest in his senior year.

Joe earned an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.; played on the varsity baseball and basketball teams, graduating in 1951. After graduation he was commissioned a lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He learned aerobatics in a T-6, bombing maneuvers in a B-25, and transitioned to B-29s when assigned to the Strategic Air Command. He flew KC-97 refueling aircraft with the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron and while stationed at Castle Air Force Base in Atwater, Calif., met and married Iva Marie Brandon of LeGrand, Calif. In 1955 he was assigned to Plattsburg airbase and trained as a Special Weapons officer. While living nearby at Saranac Lake he participated in winter sports acting as brakeman in a four-man bobsled.

Joe resigned his commission from the Air Force in 1956 to accept a position with the Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria, Ill. While with CAT, he continued his military service flying T-33, F-80, and F84F jets with the Illinois and Maryland Air National Guard. He traveled as a Caterpillar Tractor Sales Representative moving to Richmond, Va. He accepted a position with the Alban Tractor Company in Baltimore, Md. then took on the role of marketing manager for Albritton Engineering Company in Bryan, Texas.

In 1967 Joe accepted an offer as Parts and Service manager at the C.I. Walker Machinery Company in Belle, W.Va. He was instrumental in identifying and implementing new technologies to improve the efficacy of heavy equipment maintenance; parts inventory management; and was an avid proponent of educational investments in Walker's managers and service technicians. He encouraged service technicians to understand heavy equipment system behavior; customers to appreciate equipment life cycle cost; and managers to enthusiastically search for solutions to intractable problems. Joe retired from Walker Machinery as Senior Vice President in 1998.

As a sports enthusiast, "Coach Dailey" helped establish the first Charleston Catholic High School girls varsity basketball program in 1973. Joe promoted the West Virginia whitewater industry by bringing many customers through Thurmond to experience the thrill of the New and Gauley Rivers during the early 70's. He was an amateur radio operator (KC8UIL), SCUBA diver, and enjoyed watching Navy and WVU football and basketball. Joe encouraged his children and grandchildren in their sport of choice. Joe began cycling regularly at the age of 80, his favorite ride was a daily 10 mile tour of Kanawha City with family or friends.

He was a member of the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and an active participant as a lector, a counter, and a choir member, performing at the Vatican in 2002. Joe volunteered as a Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officer, encouraging high school applicants to seek careers as commissioned Officers; providing counseling and guidance to young men and women regarding the Naval Academy application process. Joe's thousands of volunteer hours as a Neighborhood Assistance Officer (NAO) with the Charleston Police Department accorded him the President's Volunteer Service Award, personally presented to him by George W. Bush in 2004.

Joe Dailey was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Marie Elizabeth and son Edward John; he is survived by his wife of 59 years Iva Marie, children Peter (Anna) Dailey, Susan (Sam) Femia, Margaret Dailey Schavemaker, Patricia (Jeff) Robinson, Karen (Tom) Gorman, Kathryn Dailey, grandchildren Samantha, Maria, Brendan, Lauren, Perrin, Haley, Blaize, Sydney, Chase, sisters Mary Alice Gorman, Kathleen Ronan and Patricia Sullivan.

A memorial service will be held on August 2, 2014 at Sacred Heart at 11 a.m. with family visitation beginning at 9:30 and a reception following.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: U.S. Friends of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, 201 N. Illinois St., 16th Floor - South Tower, Indianapolis, IN 46204, sheldrickwildlifetrust.org; Hubbard Hospice House, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387, hospicecarewv.org; Sacred Heart "Needy Student" Fund, 1114 Virginia St., Charleston, WV 25301, sacredheartcocathedral.com.