Joseph Anthony LoFria, 61 of Baker, Florida, a longtime resident to Okaloosa County, went to be with Jesus on September 14th, 2021, after fighting a 6-week battle with the Covid-19, Delta Variant.
He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 27, 1960, to Joseph & Dorothy LoFria.
Joe joined the Air Force in 1980 and served 34 years between Active, Guard, and Reserve as a Medic. Among his accomplishments, he got his Eagle Scout in 1978, and he became one of the first Paramedics in the State of Mississippi in the early 80’s.
Joe worked as a Paramedic in New Orleans, LA, Gulfport, Mississippi, and Manchester, NH. When Joe relocated to Okaloosa County, Florida in 1994, he served as a Paramedic for Okaloosa and Santa Rosa Counties. He also had the privilege of being a flight medic for Life-Guard Ambulance Service. He was also a volunteer Fire Fighter for 34 years.
Although Joe retired from the Air Force in 2013, he remained committed to the Military by being a non-medical case manager and contracted to the government to work with SOCOM and AFW2 to help service members in need. He worked at Hulbert Field for 9 years and will be missed by many. He is famous for touching lives from coast to coast and overseas. Helping others was part of Joe’s DNA and was evident in everything he did.
Joe is survived by his parents Joseph & Dorothy LoFria, his wife of 10 years, Kristina Kay Lofria, and his children and step-children – Ashley LoFria, JT (Bre) LoFria, Isaac LoFria, Joshua Heaton, Preston (Sierra) Kelley and Christopher (Brandi) Kelley and his siblings, Paul (Jane) LoFria & Richard (Julie) LoFria and Lisa Smith and their families:
Joe also has 7 grandchildren, and he loved all of them immensely: Cason LoFria, Aurora Heaton, Lorraine Heaton, Luke Kelley, Conner Kelley, Easton Kelley, and Bryson Kelley. They were the light of his life and brought so much Joy.
Joes favorite bible verse was Hebrews 11:1, and his favorite quote was “Always do what’s right even in the face of adversity”.
Service will be a Celebration of Life on September 26th, 2021, at 2 pm at their new home in Baker, FL that has been referred to as “The Farm” by Joe many times.
5925 Jack Stokes Road
Baker, Florida 32531