On Saturday Aug. 3, at 6:08 a.m., after almost four years of fighting a very rare form of cancer called Clear Cell Sarcoma, 43 trips to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, weeks, days and hours struggling to hold on, our beloved Joe took Jesus' hand and followed him through the gates of Paradise. Joe was very quiet and peaceful as he took his last earthly breaths. His parents were there beside him the moment he let go, and I, his wife, moments after. As a family, we are tearful, sorrowful and experiencing grief in its sudden waves of all consuming pain. At the same time, we are also joy-filled that Joe found the courage, strength, trust and faith to go ahead and claim his eternal inheritance. We ask that you continue to pray for our family as we face the upcoming days, and learn to live out the rest of our lives on Earth, without our Joe.
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Joe Orner was born Sept. 7, 1980, in Newark, Ohio, a son of Gary and Kathy (Wright) Orner. He was a 1999 graduate of Licking Valley High School, received a BA degree in education from Ohio University in 2007 and was a teacher at the Granville Christian Academy. Joe was an active member of the Newark Church of the Nazarene and was always an avid Cincinnati professional sports fan enjoying every Reds and Bengals game.
Surviving are his wife, Erin (Weddington) Orner, whom he married Oct. 25, 2008; his parents, Gary and Kathy Orner of Newark; a son, Benjamin Orner, 5; a step-daughter, Baylee Klingel, 16; a brother, Doug Orner, of Newark; his mother and father in law, Bernadine Weddington of Newark; Daniel (Valerie Fouts) Weddington of Granville; and his grandfather, Samuel Wright, of Maysville, Ky.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Lois Wright and Charles and Betty Orner.
Friends and family may call 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st St., Newark. On Saturday, all are welcome to celebrate Joe's Christian homegoing at a service to be held at 11 a.m. at Spring Hills Baptist Church, 1820 Newark-Granville Road, Granville. Burial will follow in the Hanover Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the 11 a.m. service at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Joe Orner Scholarship, c/o Granville Christian Academy, 1820 Newark-Granville Road, Granville, OH 43023.
To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com.
Published in Times Leader on Aug. 6, 2013