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March 16, 1927 — October 8, 2018

WARRENSBURG — Joseph J. Wulfken passed away peacefully on Oct. 8, 2018.

Joseph was born on March 16, 1927 in Hicksville and spent his youth on Long Island. He served in the Navy, where he attended college and studied electronics. He met Mary Sprague and they married on Aug. 14, 1949, purchasing a piece of property on Sunnyside Boulevard in Plainview. He built a small ranch where they raised their six children; William, Joseph, John, Phillip, Mary and Charles.

Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, he went to work as a television repairman. He eventually moved on to a career in air conditioning repair and service. A newfound passion for antique cars persuaded him to give up refrigeration and pursue restoration. He restored many cars and made countless parts for other collectors throughout his lifetime. His love for Warrensburg and the North Country induced him to purchase property on the Hudson River, where, along with his sons, he constructed a great log cabin that generations of his family have enjoyed over the years.

He is survived by his children, Joseph, Phillip and Charles; his wife, Clara; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will always be remembered fondly.

Friends may call on Joe’s family from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Alexander Funeral Home, 3809 Main St., Warrensburg.

A graveside service to celebrate his life will follow the visitation in Warrensburg Cemetery.

If desired, contributions in Joseph’s memory may be sent to The Northport VA Medical Center that cared for him so diligently: Northport VA Medical Center, Voluntary Service, Richard Kitson, Building 9, 1st Floor; or online at

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