Cover photo for Taft Michial Joseph, Jr.'s Obituary
Taft Michial Joseph, Jr. Profile Photo
1934 Taft 2021

Taft Michial Joseph, Jr.

December 31, 1934 — December 7, 2021

Taft Joseph, 86, of Overland Park, KS passed away December 7, 2021.

Taft was born to Taft Joseph, Sr. and Nettie Elizabeth Joseph in New Bern, NC. Taft graduated from New Bern High School.  He attended North Carolina State University, Raleigh and Cameron University earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in business administration.

He married his high school sweetheart, Peggy Hudson on July 19, 1956, at St Paul’s Catholic Church in New Bern, NC. Taft retired from the United States Army after 32 years of service as a Lt. Colonel. He loved his country, making many sacrifices, doing two tours in Vietnam; the second tour he volunteered requesting his only brother not be drafted. He worked and taught at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and was an instructor at the Command and General Staff College at Leavenworth, KS. He was a highly decorated veteran, honored with a Purple Heart, numerous Bronze Stars, and many other medals during his service career. Taft, with his wife Peggy, lived in many locations throughout the United States and abroad and were blessed with three children. Together, later in life, they owned a real estate company for over 20 years in Lawton, OK. Taft was Broker/General Manager. They earned several multi-million-dollar sales awards during their real estate career. After retirement in 2006, he and Peggy moved to Overland Park, KS to be with their widowed daughter and two grandchildren. His last years were spent at the Veterans Home in Warrensburg, MO.

He enjoyed growing beautiful roses, cooking, grilling, golfing, fishing and entertaining. He also did volunteer work and was President of the Optimist Club in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Taft was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Peggy, his siblings, Sylvia Moore and Faye Bergman of New Bern.

Taft is survived by his sisters, Christine Martin of Plano, TX, and Patsy Bayliss (Tommy) of New Bern, NC, his brother Richard Joseph (Karin) of New Bern, NC, his daughters; Joni Williams of Overland Park, KS, Lynne Joseph (Brad) of Tampa, FL, and son, Michial Joseph of Sedona, AZ.  Granddaughters; Rachel Faye Khoury (Patrick) and Elizabeth Williams, Overland Park, KS and six great grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at Church of the Nativity Catholic Church, 3800 W. 119th St., Leawood, KS from 10:30 - 11:00 AM, Saturday, January 29, 2022, with Funeral Mass and Military honors following.  Inurnment will be 1:00 PM at Johnson County Funeral Chapel, Indoor Mausoleum, 11200 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS, where Taft will join his beloved wife, Peggy.



The family requests donations be made in Taft’s memory to:

Alzheimer's Association

3846 W. 75th St.

Prairie Village, KS  66208

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Taft Michial Joseph, Jr., please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Saturday, January 29, 2022

10:30 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Funeral Mass

Saturday, January 29, 2022

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Saturday, January 29, 2022

1:00 - 1:30 pm (Central time)

Courtyard of Memories Indoor Mausoleum at Johnson County Memorial Gardens

11200 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66210

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 47

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree