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Joseph Lacer Memorial
Joseph Lacer Memorial

Joseph Lacer

Joseph Lacer

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

Joseph Vernon Lacer (Joe), 78, beloved husband, father, uncle and friend went to his heavenly home on Thursday, June 25, 2020 following a stroke on Sunday, June 21, 2020.

Joe was born on June 2, 1942 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  The youngest child of Henry P. and Alta C. Lacer, siblings:  Charles Gaylord (Gail) Lacer (deceased), and Kay (Lacer) Fouts, living.

After graduating from Lebanon Union High School in 1960, Joe attended Trade School in Portland, Oregon.

On June 23, 1961, he married Bernadene F. Grove in Lebanon Oregon.

Joe and Bernadene moved to Sedro-Woolley, Washington in 1963, with their daughter Cindy, for him to take a machinist apprenticeship with Skagit Corporation. Joe continued to work as a journeyman machinist at Skagit/Bendix Corporation, and eventually at Paccar Technical Center, 22 yrs, before retiring.

Joe & Bernadene lived in a rented home on Cook Road before purchasing their home w/10 acres on Morford Road, where they raised their three children. They resided on Morford Rd. until moving to Everett in April of this year.

Joe was very involved at Bethel Assembly of God Church, now Inspire Church of Skagit County. He enjoyed working with the Royal Rangers and youth programs.  Joe also held Deacon and Board positions over the years.

Joe enjoyed hiking and camping, motorcycle riding with his buddies and studying the bible.

Joe is survived by his wife Bernadene Lacer, daughters, Cindy Lacer, of Everett WA, Pam Kirsch, of Aurora CO; sister, Kay Fouts, of Lebanon, OR; daughter-in-law, Karen Lacer, of Oak Ridge, NC; grandchildren, Alyssa & Ashley Kirsch, and Zachery & Benjamin Lacer. He is preceded in death by his brother, Gail Lacer; son, Steven D. Lacer.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 11, at 2:00 pm at Inspire Church of Skagit County, 805 Township Street, Sedro-Woolley, WA  98284

Social Distancing requirements will be observed and all attendees will be required to wear a mask.

In Lieu of Flowers, please consider donations to:  Youth & Children’s Ministries at Inspire Church, honoring Joe’s heart for Youth.

Share memories of Joe and sign the online guest register.


  • Gene (Lee) Grenz

    I was very saddened by the news… But happy for him as he’s with Jesus and reuniting with loved ones!

  • Becky Manion


    I am so sorry to hear about Joe. He was there for me when my dad wasn’t able to be and I will always love you both for being there for me..


  • Bill Handy

    Bernadene and family, we are so sorry for your loss of Joe. He was a good man. Your family have been close friends for so many years, you are very close to our hearts. We pray for peace and comport in this time. Love you very much. Howard and Clarissa Handy Family

  • Gary Kirsch

    Joe had discovered the necessity of love for God and loving others. He connected with the greatest commandment, love.

  • Dwight Madeline Blatchley

    Remembering you and your family today with our love and prayers . So many happy memories of our days in our church youth group ! Much love , Dwight and Madeline .

  • Ralph Beaufort

    I have known Joe since he started at PTC. He was always a willing helper and had a smile on his face every time. He loved to unobtrusively put a tinny hole in your pop can soon after you would dribble pop down you chin. H loved the lord and you knew it. Rest in piece Joe

  • Shawn Ronk

    Joe was an amazing Christian man. Jesus will welcome him with well done my son, well done! Our prayers for the family thru this hard time.
    Even though I didn’t spend much time with Joe, he influenced my life in ways I will not forget.

  • Michael Teixeira

    Bernadene and Family,

    We are so sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. We have fond memories of him from the 7 years we did life together at Bethel A/G. Praying God’s comfort and peace for the family. So thankful for the hope of heaven and the promise that one day God will wipe away all our tears.

    Mike and Joani Teixeira

  • Ladonna Shanks

    My sincere sympathies to you and your family, Bernadine. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Annie Nersten

    So very sorry for your family’s loss Pam. Thoughts and prayers to you and your entire family

  • David Nichols

    Faye and I join the many that are mourning the death of our wonderful brother in Christ. We had the privilege of pastoring his Mom and Dad at Leavenworth and grieving with his family at the loss of his son. To the family we are praying that the God of ALL COMFORT will surround you with HIS LOVE. We do not mourn as those who have NO HOPE but rejoice that there will be a GRAND REUNION very soon. We LOVE you all!

  • Dirk Balda

    I still talk about how you took me under your wing when I first started with Paccar Technical Center back in 2004. I miss your guidance, smile and sense of humor, always quick with a joke and good for a laugh.