Joseph Thomas Letizia's life journey started in 1929, in Mansfield, Ohio, and concluded on Nov. 21, 2018, in Anthem, Arizona, when his last peaceful breath was taken in the presence of his loving family.
Joe was a 1949 graduate of Mansfield Senior High School where he participated for the Tygers in various sports, but excelled in football. He also won the Golden Gloves Boxing championship in 1948. He honored his country by serving in the Army from 1951-53, during the Korean War: his patriotism never diminished.
After college, he became V.P. of Mansfield Flooring and Paving where he was instrumental in their local growth and then, their substantial exposure into the southern part of the state. He opened another branch in 1963 and operated this Dayton office, along with others, until his retirement.
Joe was active in various organizations connected to the construction field and was very proud of serving on the Ohio Health and Welfare Committee for the cement masons. This Kentucky Colonel was also an active member of the American Legion and Moose Lodge.
His love of cooking was legendary at the Moose for his inspired Italian dinners and this love was rivaled only by his passion for football, especially Ohio State and Notre Dame. Joe's obsession for perfection was surpassed only by his personality and the fact he never met a stranger.
Joe was blessed by having 65 years of marriage to his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Gerhardt and that bond produced three daughters: Kathy Letizia of Loveland, Ohio, Vicki Ennis of Ft. Myers, Florida and Lori (Scott) Andrews, of Anthem, Arizona; grandchildren, Katie Ennis, of Columbus, Ohio, Billy Ennis, of Brooklyn, New York, Preston Andrews and Madison Andrews, both of Anthem, Arizona. He is also survived by numerous loving nieces and nephews and special friends, Lee and Sue Brittain.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary Ann (Botta) Letizia; three sisters, Mary Neal, Rose Hullinger and Grace Bush; and a brother, Thomas Letizia.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 100 S. Lexington-Springmill Rd. The funeral service conducted by Father Gregory Hite will follow at 11 a.m. with burial in Mansfield Memorial Park.
Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at www.wappner.com.