Joel Cheek Farrell was the youngest son of Herbert Farrell and Ritchey Cheek Farrell. Herbert Farrell was the founder of the Farrell Cheek Company in Sandusky, a plant which manufactured steel castings. Farrell's maternal grandfather, for whom he was named, was Joel O. Cheek, who was best-known for founding the Maxwell House Coffee Company.
In the early 1950's, Joel C. Farrell was the Vice-President of Farrell Cheek Company in Sandusky. He was married to the former Nancy Sprow, and athe couple had two children, a son and a daughter. About 1963, Joel C. Farrell moved to Florida. He died in Florida, early in November of 1968, at the age of 46. According to Mr. Farrell's obituary in the Sandusky Register, he died in Daytona Beach, following a brief illness. A private family funeral service was held for Joel C. Farrell, and he was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.