Joe E. Deardurff, 74, of Huntsville, passed away Tuesday evening, April 1, 2014 at Mary Rutan Hospital.
He was born in Logan County on March 18, 1940 to the late Franklin E. and Berniece M. (McKee) Deardurff. Joe was also preceded in death by a brother, Gene Deardurff, in 2005.
Joe was a 1958 graduate of Stokes Local High School and served overseas with the US Army from 1962-1964 as a medic. He worked for 22 years at Airstream and then another 20 years at Honda of America, Marysville before retiring in 2000. Joe was a former member of Satan’s Angel Drum & Bugle Corp and was a member of the Hardin County Sheriff’s Posse for 10+years. He was a member of the Bellefontaine American Legion, the Indian Lake Moose, and a 37 year member of the Kenton Coffee Cups.
Joe attended the Hopewell United Methodist Church and enjoyed camping, working on puzzles, being outdoors, and mowing his yard. He also cherished his time in the garage and loved his dog Misty. Spending time with his family and friends was a favorite for Joe.
Joe is survived by his wife, Ella Jane (Stokes) Deardurff, whom he married on June 27, 1965 at the First Presbyterian Church in Belle Center. He is also survived by his daughters, Marci (Matt) Skidmore and Jodi Deardurff both of Bellefontaine; grandson, Andrew Skidmore; sister, Joyce (Don) Smith of Cridersville; brothers, Dick (Sue) Deardurff of Huntsville and Paul (Bev) Deardurff of Belle Center; brothers-in-law, Ralph (Viv) Stokes of Port Orange, Florida and Mike (Diane) Stokes of Fayetteville, New York; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces, and nephews.
Visitation will be held at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, Belle Center on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 2-4 & 6-8pm where funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10am with Pastor William Zeller officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Belle Center with military honors provided by the Logan County Veterans Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 5455 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43214.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.