Quad Cities icon Joe Whitty will be laid to rest later this week.

Happy Joe died last week.

Local 4 News Director Mike Mickle was friends with him for more than 20 years.

He has done several interviews with him over that time.

Mike digs into the archives and looks back at Joe’s Journey.

Part 1: Visions of pizza and ice cream

Part 2: Dream Big

Part 3: Media takes notice

Part 4: Focusing on special needs

Part 5: Delivering happiness