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Former owner of College of Hair Design dies

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A respected Cedar Valley community member has passed away, following a stroke about a week ago.

Joe Squiers, the former owner of the College of Hair Design in Waterloo died Monday, after being taken off life support last Friday.

A vibrant man, full of life, Joe Squiers has touched the lives of many in the Cedar Valley. For four decades he has been an integral part of the College of Hair Design, as an owner and instructor.

Hundreds of students have learned to cut hair at the College of Hair Design in Waterloo.

It is about more than cuts and colors, but family, and that is all thanks to Joe Squiers.

"People were here at trouble points of their life. How Joe and Ardy (Joe's wife) would take them under their wing; we all go through troubled times. Basically they became surrogate parents and would help them turn things around; give them pride in themselves. By the time they left, they were so grateful to them, they always came back. There were people from 5, 6, 10, 15, 30, 40 years ago here last night," said Squiers' son-in-law, Kent Larsen.

At a vigil held in Joe's honor Sunday night, Facebook video captures the memories shared.

"I started here in a bad time in my life and I was welcomed here with open arms," said one student.

"Joe talked about all of you all the time because he thought of you as a second family.  He always said, 'As soon as you love your career, it doesn't matter how many clients you have in your chair; you are going to have fun all day long,'" said Squiers' daughter Debbie McFarland.

 At 73, Joe died doing what he loved and that passion is lasting.

"Love what you do, love yourself, always care, always be engaging and always be youthful in your heart. That is Joe. Always have a great sense of humor," said Larsen.

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