Joe E. Deardurff


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 also was 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 U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964, as a medic. He worked for 22 years at Airstream and then another 20 years at Honda of America at Marysville, before retiring in 2000. Joe was a former member of Satan’s Angel Drum & Bugle Corps and was a member of the Hardin County Sheriff’s Posse for more than 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 June 27, 1965, at the United Presbyterian Church in Belle Center; 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, Fla., and Mike (Diane) Stokes of Fayetteville, N.Y.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and great-great- nieces and nephews.

Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, Belle Center, where Pastor William Zeller officiates a funeral at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial is 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 43214.

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