Joel A. DeBels

Joel A. DeBels, age 60, of Tomahawk, passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at St. Clare’s Hospital.

Joel was born on Dec. 1, 1959 to George and Caryol (McKinney) DeBels. He grew up in Harrison and attended Tomahawk Schools. He had attended UW-Stevens Point and had lived in Wausau before moving back home to Tomahawk. Joel enjoyed being outside fishing, motorcycling, camping, and bicycling. He also liked listening to bluegrass and rock music and watching wrestling. He supported all Wisconsin sports and Hatchet teams, watching games and events regularly. Joel loved spending time attending live music and living life to the fullest.

Joel is survived by his daughter, Chelsea Garinger of Tomahawk; mother, Caryol DeBels of Tomahawk; and five siblings, Mike (Connie) DeBels of Tomahawk; Tim (April) DeBels of Tomahawk; Georgia (Dan) Kedrowski of Ham Lake, Minn.; Terri (Dave) Detert of Parrish; and Leslie (Jim) Studenski of Roseville, Minn.

Joel was preceded in death by his Dad, George, two brothers: Tony and Karel; and his close friend Tammi Morren.

Private family graveside services for Joel DeBels will take place this week at St. Augustine Cemetery in Harrison. A public Memorial Mass will be held at St. Augustine Catholic Church when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, is assisting the family. You may view the obituary and share online condolences at

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