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Joseph "Joe" J. Slish Jr., 74 of Fairmont, died Saturday (Dec. 23, 2017) in the Louis A. Johnson V.A. Medical Center, Clarksburg.
He was born Feb. 1, 1943, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Joseph John Slish Sr. and Florence Pfeiffer Slish. He is survived by his wife, Marsha Peroney Slish of Fairmont.
He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Kevin and Brooke Slish of Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, and Kyle Slish of Catasauqua, Pennsylvania; a daughter, Kristi Slish of Elkins; two stepdaughters and a son-in-law, Kimberly Kowalski of Morgantown and Dierdre Kowalski-Johnson and her husband Scott Johnson of Fairmont; a brother, Raymond Slish of Kent, Washington; a sister and her husband, Jean and Robert Abel of Silver Springs, Maryland; eight grandchildren, Deveney Kowalski, Shylan Slish, Noah Slish, Alexus Smith, Nathaniel Kowalski, Jada Smith, Demanuel Smith Jr. and Chloe Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Slish.
Mr. Slish was a manager of customer services for the Bethlehem Steel Corp. in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and was a former employee for the Helmick Corporation in Fairmont. Joe served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.
He enjoyed visiting fellow veterans at the Louis A. Johnson V.A. Medical Center in Clarksburg. Joe loved gardening, cooking and fishing with his grandchildren. He was a very patriotic man.
The family will receive friends from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Reverend Stanley Merrifield officiating. A private committal service will be held for the family in the West Virginia National Cemetery in Pruntytown. Full military honors will be conducted in the cemetery by the Military Veterans Council of Marion County.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com.
Published on December 23, 2017
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