Joseph E. Drouse

Joseph E. Drouse, 77, of West Scranton, died Monday at Moses Taylor Hospital. His wife of 53 years is Ann Rosencrans Drouse.

Born in Avoca, he was the son of the late John and Mary Koza Drouse. Educated in Duryea High School, he was an Air Force veteran and also served for 34 years in the Air Force Reserve, retiring as a master sergeant, and was retired from Gold Star Manufacturing of Scranton. He was a member of the former St. John the Baptist Church and a current member of St. Patrick's Parish, Scranton, where he was a weekly usher at Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, Oram Street. He was a member of the Spike Island Sporting Club and served as the club treasurer.

Joseph was a loving and caring husband, dad and papa Joe, who was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener and the biggest fan at his grandsons' sporting events.

He is also survived by a son, David Drouse and fiancée, Regina Yeager, Moscow; two grandsons, Aidan and Nick Drouse; nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was also preceded in death by siblings, John Drouse and Pauline Latner.

The funeral will be Saturday at 10:15 a.m. from the Edward J. Chomko Funeral Home, 254-268 Railroad Ave., West Scranton, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, to be celebrated by the Rev. Martin M. Boylan, pastor. Interment with military honors will follow in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.

Viewing for family and friends will be Friday, 4 to 8 p.m. Condolences: www.chomkofuneralhome.com.

Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 21, 2013