Arthur “Butch” Joseph, 73, of Shadyside, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 26, 2018, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV.
Butch, the son of Hazel (Price) Fanti was born November 7, 1944, in San Francisco, CA.
He was retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation’s Martins Ferry Plant and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Shadyside, OH. He was an Air Force veteran serving in Japan during the Vietnam War.
He was very active in both local and state track programs. He and his wife, Donna, served at Shadyside High School as head coaches of girls track and boys and girls cross country and as assistant volleyball coach under his son, Joel.
He served as chairperson of both the OVAC track and cross country committees and was instrumental in developing the present OVAC track championship format. For his dedication to Track and Field, Butch received the Ed Barker Award from the OATCCC and was inducted into the OVAC Hall of Fame.
He was an avid supporter of all things Shadyside Tigers and Ohio State Buckeyes.
Preceding him in death was his mother, Hazel, and his step-father Nick Fanti, and sister, Emmalene Laura Joseph.
Surviving are his wife, Donna Kroll Joseph, two sons, Joel David Joseph of Shadyside, OH, and Jared Daniel Joseph of Columbus, OH, the apples of his eye – his two grandchildren, Jillian Michelle Joseph and Jordan Michael Joseph, and his granddogs, Stella and Happy.
The family will receive friends from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Bauknecht- Altmeyer Funeral Homes and Crematory, 3900 Central Avenue, Shadyside, OH where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with Reverend David Roberts officiating.
Interment follows at Powhatan Cemetery.
Full Military Graveside Services will be conducted by the Belmont County Veterans Association.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, memorial contributions may be made in Butch’s honor to the Shadyside Relays @TMC Funding.com.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.bauknechtaltmeyer .com.