Joseph E. Libus, 82 of Nanticoke, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Celtic Hospice In-Patient Unit @ Geisinger South.
Born in Nanticoke, he was the son of the late Walter Libus, Sr. and Eleanor Kenjorski Libus.
Joseph attended St. Vincent’s High School and graduated from Wilkes-Barre Business College.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving as an Airman First Class at Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis, New Mexico. He was a jet engine mechanic and crew chief for F86 and F100 Sabre Jets.
He was employed as a truck driver for Nanticoke Lumber and Weyerhaeuser Lumber and a warehouse manager for Arrow Distributing. In 1976, he began his career with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a Purchasing Agent for the Nanticoke State General Hospital. In 2000, he retired from the Commonweath as a Purchasing Agent for the Gino Merli State Veterans Center, Scranton.
Joseph proudly served the city of Nanticoke as an active volunteer firefighter with the A.K. Mowery Hose Company #3 for over twenty years. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and maintaining his home. He especially enjoyed the company of his friends at the Rose Tucker Active Senior Center, Nanticoke. In his final years, he enjoyed RV camping with his family, as well as a trip to Disney World and cruises to Grand Turk and the Bahamas. He was a member of St. Faustina Parish and the former, St. Francis of Assisi Parish.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Katherine, in 2015; sister: Stella Lakatos.
Surviving are: his loving son Christopher, and his wife Michelle; his dearly loved grandsons, Joseph and Jacob; brother: Walter Libus Jr., Milton, DE; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, from Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 173 E. Green St., Nanticoke, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. Faustina Parish. Entombment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Friends may pay their respects on Monday, September 3, 2018 from 5-8 PM at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joseph’s name can be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.
The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation and sincerest gratitude to the entire staff of Celtic Hospice for their care of Joseph in his time of need.
We are saddened by Joe's passing. His memory will endure in the hearts and minds of those he touched. We are very sorry for your loss.Daryl LaMonet and Heather (3 months ago)
Chris , Michelle, Joey , Jacob and the rest of the Libus family. So sorry for your loss. God bless you all and may he help get you through this very difficult time.Ed Bozek (3 months ago)