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Joseph Daniel Haldeman, 88, of Cheat Lake community, passed away Tuesday evening in his residence.
He was born May 31, 1928, in Fairmont, son of the late James Dorsey and Grace Mae Johnson Haldeman.
Joe was a member of Rivesville United Methodist Church, recently attending Chestnut Ridge Church in Morgantown. He served in the U.S. Navy, traveling around the world with his twin brother Jim on the U.S.S. Cruiser, Toledo. Joe gave 3 years of service. He also served with the occupational forces in Japan.
Joe and his brother Jim started their own business, Haldeman Brothers Home Builders, in Marion County. He retired in 1992.
Joe served as magistrate, judge and the mayor of Rivesville for three years. The town of Rivesville later named a river park and street for Joe in his honor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and traveling to Canada and the Arctic Circle with his brother Jim.
Survivors include his wife, Irene O. Gillis Morris Haldeman of Cheat Lake community (married 47 years); two stepsons and their spouses, Ernest and Joslyn Morris of Bridgeport, and Donald Wayne and Linda Morris of Atlanta, Georgia; four grandchildren, Adam Scott Morris of Clarksburg, Aaron Patrick Morris of Bridgeport, Carly Rae Morris of Atlanta, Georgia, and Lacy Joe and her husband Patrick Kittle of Omaha, Nebraska; a great-grandchild, Sam Bennett Kittle of Omaha, Nebraska; a sister, Olive Bowman of Huntsville, Alabama; six nieces and nephews, Jim and Robin Haldeman of Fairmont, Timothy and Teresa Haldeman of Baxter, Deana and Gary Knicely of Fairmont, Debbie and David Spevock of Montana Mines, Richard Haldeman of White Hall community and Daniel and Diane Bowman of Huntsville, Alabama and a sister-in-law, Nancy Haldeman of White Hall community.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Jim Haldeman.
Family and friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today and from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at Ford Funeral Home, DeGarmo Chapel, Jasper Street, Rivesville. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Saturday, with Rev. Stanley Merrifield officiating. Burial will follow in Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Morgantown.
The Haldeman family would like to thank Mary Mayes R.N., Kelsy Welsh, Chaplain Craig Falkenstein and Amedysis Hospice for their care during this difficult time. They also would like to thank Dr. Parravani and his staff for the many months of care and the Cancer Center for their care and concern.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to Rivesville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 182, Rivesville, WV 26588, or Amedysis Hospice, 5006 Mid Atlantic Drive, Morgantown, WV 26508.
Online condolences may be made to www.fordfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 10, 2017
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