Joseph S. “Joe” Youmans, age 93, of Dover, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Born Jul. 19, 1919, at New Philadelphia, Joe was a son of the late Leon and Stella Grimm Youmans. He graduated from Dover High School, and went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio University in 1941. Joe served honorably with the United States Army during the Second World War in both England and North Africa. Following his service time, he returned to Tuscarawas County and married the former Therese A. “Ann” Doutt on Oct. 22, 1949. Joe was employed for many years by the Shenango Furnace Co. at Dover, from which he retired.
First and foremost, Joe was a devoted family man. He loved time spent with Ann, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He attended his granddaughter’s wedding this past October in Olmsted Falls. Joe liked to work around his home, especially doing carpentry and otherwise working with wood. He created and restored several pieces of furniture, which are now cherished heirlooms. Joe also enjoyed traveling the United States, and in later years, liked taking pictures of family and friends. Additionally, he was a member of the Dover Elks Club and bowled on the Elks’ team for many years.
Survivors include his loving wife, Ann; two daughters, Susan (Brian) Klann of Dennison, and Barbara (Norman) Fischer of Aurora; a son, Michael (Tawnya) Youmans of Olmsted Falls; eight grandchildren, Jeremy, Joe (Faith), Casandra and Kelsey Fischer, Matthew Youmans, Stephanie (William) Brown, Michelle and Deborah Klann; two great-grandchildren, Michaela and Morgan Fischer; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Joe was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Arthur Youmans.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 1:30 p.m., in the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home & Crematory, Dover, with Fr. Jeff Coning of Sacred Heart Church at New Philadelphia officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Calvary Cemetery, Dover. Following the committal, there will be a luncheon in the Toland-Herzig Monarch Center on the Boulevard. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To sign an online guestbook and share a fond memory of Joe, please visit the Obituaries and Flowers link on the funeral home’s website.
The family suggests that contributions in Joe’s memory be made to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave. S.W., New Philadelphia, OH 44663, or St. Joseph Church, 613 N. Tuscarawas Ave., Dover, OH 44622.