Joseph A. Galazin, 67, of Jackson Township passed away Aug. 6, 2014, at home.
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Born on July 24, 1947, he was the son of the late Joseph and Helen Schultz Galazin. He was a graduate of Nanticoke High School, Class of 1966.
Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served four years as a sergeant. Joe spent an 18-month tour of duty at the Non Quang Phanom Air Force based in Thailand. After his service, he and his brother started the Galazin Brothers Construction Co. and worked for 10 years in the construction business. He then became a corrections officer at S.C.I. Dallas. He then transferred to S.C.I. Waymart. Joe then returned to S.C.I. Dallas and retired in 2007.
He was a kind-hearted man who would help anyone in need of help. He would give his time to listen to anyone who need someone to talk to. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman.
He truly enjoyed nature, working around his home, building things and he took great pride in his vegetable garden.
Joe and his wife Judi took up bike riding a number of years ago and put many miles on their bikes.
He and Judi would ride all of the nature trails of Eastern Pennsylvania. Joe always said he was the happiest when riding with Judi.
Joe worked well with wood and could build anything. If someone said Joe I like that bench you built, he would build another one and have it ready for them for the next time they saw them.
Joe and his grandson Straub would always be outside working and playing at anything Straub wanted to play. He was very proud of being a PopPop. His face would light up whenever Straub walked in the door.
Joe truly loved life and accomplished so much in his short time here on earth.
We cannot forget his canine friend Billy, who was his best friend.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence J. (Slats) Galazin, on June 9, 2013.
Surviving are his wife of 28 years, the former Judith Belcher; daughter, Helen Allen and her husband, Tom; grandson, Straub; sister, Mary Jo Nealon and her husband, Patrick; nieces and nephews.
"Dad" you are all that and a bag of chip.
Memorial services will be held at a time to be announced.
Funeral arrangements are by Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home Inc., Nanticoke.
Stegura Funeral Home
614 S Hanover St Nanticoke, PA 18634
Published in Citizens' Voice on Aug. 11, 2014