Joseph Boytin, 94, a lifelong resident of Hanover Township, passed away early Friday morning, March 1, 2013, at Little Flower Manor, Wilkes-Barre.
Born Feb. 7, 1919, he was the son of the late Andrew and Mary (Lukash) Boytin.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Elizabeth (Elsie) Sokol Boytin, on May 16, 2001.
Joseph attended Hanover Area schools. He served in World War II
with Gen. George Patton as a sergeant with the U.S. Army in the 37th Tank Battalion from 1942 to 1944 in Normandy and northern France. He received a Purple Heart
for wounds received on Nov. 11, 1944 inside Germany. He also received the Good Conduct Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with three bronze stars
. Joseph was employed for more than 45 years with the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier. He was lastly employed by Bon-Ton department store.
Joseph was a member of the former Holy Rosary Church in Hanover Township. He was a charter member with the Holy Name Society and was very active in numerous church activities. Joseph was known for starting the Little League in the Ashley area in 1948. He also coached the Ashley-Newtown Teener's League at Holy Rosary Church Park baseball diamond. Over the years he was a baseball coach and basketball coach for Ashley High School. He also was involved in the Bobby Strish Memorial Park Association in Ashley. He was a life member of the Ashley American Legion Post No. 639 and past commander of the C.W.V. Post No. 274.
Joseph enjoyed listening and dancing to polka music throughout the years and was an avid Phillies fan. His best friend and faithful companion "The Pokey Little Puppy" died six days before he did.
Joseph was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Boytin, Pauline Karlo, Irene "Reh" Greene; and brothers, Michael and Andrew Boytin. He also was preceded in death by nephews, Thomas Karlo and Edward Krokes; and niece, Barbara Kamarunas.
Surviving are his daughter, Mary Ann Yedloski and her husband Joseph, Hanover Township; granddaughter, Danielle Yedloski, Hanover Township; grandsons, Kevin Yedloski and his wife Shannon, of Huntington Township, and Jeffrey Yedloski and fiancée, Elizabeth Collins, Hanover Township; and godson, Anthony John Kamarunas, Swoyersville.
He also is survived by nephews and nieces, Charles Boytin and wife, Amy, Sweet Valley; Richard Boytin and wife, Valerie, Hunlock Creek; Michael Boytin, Doylestown; Lorraine Salge, Bristol, Pa.; William J. Reh and wife Patricia, Nebraska; Andrea Nunn and husband Gary, Ohio; John Edward Krokes and Adele Krokes, Maryland.
Joseph always will be remembered as a loving, generous and devoted husband, father and grandfather.
The family thanks the staff of Little Flower Manor for their kindness and compassionate care during Joseph's recent illness.
Military funeral services for Joseph will be held at 9:45 a.m. Monday from the George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, Nesbitt Street, Larksville, with the Rev. Gerald Gurka officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bobby Strish Memorial Little League Park or to the
available at the funeral home.