ORRVILLE — Joseph E. Carney, age 97, of Orrville, died Friday, January 24, 2020, following a period of declining health.
Joe was born on June 8, 1922, in Orrville, to the late Raymond and Stella (Shearer) Carney, and graduated from Orrville High School in 1940. He received a scholarship to play football at Akron University and was team captain in his final season. After serving as a sergeant in the US Army Infantry during WWII, he returned to college and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1948. He married Julia Durnak (Jay) on August 7, 1948, in Akron, Ohio. She passed away in 2008, just 10 days before their 60th anniversary.
He worked for Goodyear in Akron, Topeka, KS, Tyler, TX, Freeport, IL and Gadsden, AL, before retiring to California for 20 years. Before transferring from Akron to Topeka, he built their first home almost entirely by himself in Tallmadge.
Joe was a member of The American Legion and The Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was inducted into the Orrville High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. He enjoyed golf, fishing. woodworking and traveling, having visited all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, several Caribbean islands and Ireland. He attended First Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are his daughter, Janice Carney of Nixa, MO; two sons, James (Carol) Carney of Southside, AL, and John Carney of Riverside, CA; five grandchildren, Chris (Ashley) Kohl, Chad (Carrie) Carney, Taylor and Harley John Carney, and Kristen (Sean) Woitynek; seven great grandchildren, AJ and Grace Kohl, Wade, Vivian and Henley Carney, and Liz and Kyleigh Woitynek; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to give special acknowledgement to Joe’s nieces, Nancy Vance and Janet Studer, for the love and care extended to Joe in his final years.
In addition to his wife, Jay, he was preceded in death by daughter, Jolene Carney, sisters, Lona Studer, Kathleen Mollohan, and Faye Ann Carney, and great grandson, Wyatt Carney.
Friends may call on Friday, January 31, 2020, at Auble Funeral Home, 512 E. Oak Street, Orrville, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, February 1, 2020, from 10:00 am to 10:45 am.
Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, at the funeral home, with Rev. Dr. O. Kenneth Walther officiating. Burial will take place at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Orrville, where military rites will be observed.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or First Presbyterian Church 1830 W Market Street, Orrville, OH 44667.
Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at the funeral home’s web site at www.aublefuneralhome.com.