Andrew Joseph “Joe” Buckley, 94, of Tiffin, passed away on Thursday morning, February 21, 2019 at Mercy Health-Tiffin Hospital.
He was born on December 9, 1924, in New Boston, Ohio, to George Henry and Nellie May (Tolliver) Buckley. On June 29, 1946, in St. Mary Catholic Church, he married Joanna Culichia.
Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Joanna Buckley of Tiffin; children, Joseph (Deborah) Buckley of Republic, Andrea (Jim) Bernard of Hinkley and twins, Anthony (Beverly) Buckley of Tiffin and Andrew (Oksana) Buckley of Yorkville, IL; daughter-in-law, Vickie Buckley of Melmore; ten grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael L. Buckley; brother, George E. Buckley; and sisters, Hannah M. Hayward, Grace M. Mathias and Virginia B. Kuhn.
Joe came to Tiffin from New Boston and was raised and graduated from the Junior Home. He attended Case Western and then transferred to Heidelberg College, graduating in 1943. After graduation, he served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946. Joe started and opened Frisch’s Big Boy in Tiffin and then worked as a Manufacturers Rep for various companies, later retiring. Joe and Joanna were active in the Junior Home “Home Coming” weekends and he designed and built the Junior Home Park. Joe initiated this memorial for his “home kid brothers” who did not return from the war and he maintained the park for 34 years. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the VFW Post #2858 and was Veteran of the Year, Ohio Senior Citizen of the Year and was a Jefferson Award recipient. He enjoyed vacationing in Florida, traveling around the United States, was athletic and was an Ohio State University fan. Joe was close with his family and loved spending time with them.
His Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Gary Walters officiating. A Rosary will be prayed 20 minutes prior to Mass. Burial will follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery with military honors being conducted by the United Veterans Council.
Friends may visit with the family from 4-8:00 P.M. on Monday, February 25, 2019 at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, Ohio 44883, (419) 447-2424.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Junior Home Park, Humane Society of Seneca County or to St. Mary Catholic Church.
Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.