Joe Sadeghi, 69, of Marshall, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, while traveling with his wife in Rome, Italy.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Marshall, with Rev. Kathryn Bell officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service and burial will be in Ridge Park Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Covenant Presbyterian Church in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home, and an online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born Feb. 6, 1940, in Rasht, Iran, he was the son of the late Mahmoud and Safeyeh Sadeghi. He spent his entire professional career educating students. He himself was a life-long student of political science and international affairs. He earned his B.A. in history from Pittsburg State University and his M.A. in history from Fort Hays University. He taught history for several years in Montezuma, Kan., and then as a professor at Pahlavi University, Shiraz, Iran. He returned to the United States to earn his Ph.D. at Kent State University, specializing in the Eisenhower administration's foreign policy and then chaired that University's history department after earning his doctorate at Kent State University. Subsequently, he taught in the gifted programs in the Hays and Baldwin Unified School Districts and was a professor of history at Missouri Valley College in Marshall. He was a long-time Democrat who supported Democratic candidates for local and state positions and himself ran for the Missouri House of Representatives and the Missouri Senate. On July 7, 1988, he married Mahnaz Hadavi, who survives of the home. He was an active member of the Marshall Rotary Club, a member of the NAACP in whose goals he believed deeply, and faithfully attended Covenant Presbyterian Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two daughters from his first marriage, Aryanna of Nixa and Sabrina of Los Angeles, Calif.
Additional information provided per family recompense.