Joseph Ronald Skocik, 88, of Tiltonsville Ohio, passed away July 18, 2021, while listening to the holy mass with his family surrounding him.
Joe (Jim Town Joe as he loved to be called) was born February 21, 1933, in Tiltonsville Ohio, to the late Stephen Stanley Skocik and Francis (Fannie) Christmas Skocik.
Joe’s brother Steve Skocik went to heaven just weeks before him on July 1, 2021.
Joe is survived by his son David Mancino (Yvonne) of Patalaska Ohio, and David’s mother Clara McKnight of Yorkville, Ohio.
Left also to cherish his memory are his best friend and brother Ed Skocik (Caroline) of Bridgeport Ohio, his favorite sister Mary Ann Skocik (Bill Wiseman) of Columbus Ohio, and his sister-in-law Linda Shia Skocik of Hilliard, Ohio.
Beside his cats, his most prized possessions were his 8 nieces and nephews, and his 21 great nieces and nephews. In his words, “I really enjoyed and loved them all.” Joe was a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Tiltonsville, Ohio. Joe was a graduate of Warren Consolidated High School where he was a baseball and football captain. He earned a BS in education from Ohio University and his Master’s degree from WVU.
Joe proudly served in the U.S. Navy and served many years on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Siboney. After his military service Joe was a teacher and principal in Yorkville Ohio, for several years and a special education teacher for 20+ years at Oxnard Elementary School in Oxnard, CA.
He then went on to own and operate the Loyalton Hotel, Restaurant and Antique Shop in Loyalton, CA. Joe returned to Tiltonsville in 1980 and has always called it his favorite place to be.
Joe was proud of his teaching experience, and he loved his years of travel. He traveled Europe and the U.S. with his family and cherished fishing on these trips with his brother Ed and his nieces and nephews. He was very proud of his Hungarian American heritage as is evident by his 18+ trips to Hungary. Joe was a member of the Ohio Valley Hungarian-American Cultural Group. He and Dorothy Vargo organized the traditional Hungarian Bacon Roasts at semi-annual picnics held at Warren Township Park for many
years. Joe always looked forward to sitting around the fire and talking to friends.
Joe’s family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to his care family. Ed, Caroline, and nephew Mark Skocik have cared for and supported Joe for many years. He was blessed with amazing neighbors and friends. We thank you Ron, Rick and Diane, Wanda, Troy, Herman, and Ron and Mary for the amazing meals, help with transportation and love.
Joe, may you find comfort and eternal happiness as you watch down on your family knowing you nurtured them with love, laughter, and joy.
As you enter heaven, your eternal home, may God Bless you in the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. Be at rest once more O’ my soul for the Lord has been good to you, viszontlátásra Jim Town Joe.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be Friday, September 3, 2021, 1 pm, at St Joseph Catholic Church, Tiltonsville, OH, with Father William Cross officiating. Arrangements were entrusted with Borkoski Funeral Home, Tiltonsville, OH.
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