UTICA — C. Frederick “Fred” Joseph passed away at age 91 on June 4, 2011.
He was born Sept. 8, 1919, in Luckey, Ohio, to Arthur and Lydia (Welling) Joseph. He graduated from the College of Agriculture at The Ohio State University in 1942 and was commissioned as ensign in the U.S. Navy Air Corps. Fred was a pilot in the Pacific Theatre during World War II and was married to his college sweetheart, Helen Cryder, on Dec. 1, 1945, at the end of the war. He and Helen farmed and raised eight children during their 65 years of marriage.
He was preceded in death by his son, Steve; grandson, Christopher Hartman; and brothers, Paul F. and Donald A.
Fred is survived by his wife, Helen; children, Robert (Linda), Sarah (Tom) Meeks, Rebecca (Douglas) Hartman, Laura (Jim) Mather, David (Rachel), Dan (Tammy), Tim (Lee Ann); and daughter-in-law, Linda Hoffmann Joseph. He also leaves 17 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Family and friends may call today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Law-Baker Funeral Home, Utica, and Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Utica United Methodist Church, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ken Kelley officiating. Burial and graveside military service will follow at the Bell Church of Christ Cemetery, Utica.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Utica United Methodist Church, 626 North St., Utica, OH 43080; or to the Ohio 4-H Foundation, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH 43210.
Visit http://www.law-bakerfuneralhome.com to extend condolences to the family.