Joseph Ivan Kalasnik

March 21, 1923 ‒ August 06, 2013

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Joseph Ivan Kalasnik consistently addressed life’s challenges firmly believing, “Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it.” (I Thess. 5:24)

“Joe K.” of Lexington entered eternity to be with his Heavenly Father Tuesday, August 6, 2013.

Born in Waterbury, CT on March 21, 1923 to parents Michael and Epistemia (Moroz) Kalashnik, Joe’s zeal for excellence was evident as the star pitcher at Woodrow Wilson and continued passion for sports while attending Leavenworth High School.

World War II necessitated Joe’s enlistment in the United States Coast Guard from March 11, 1943 to March 22, 1946 when he was honorably discharged as a Seamen First Class. His primary duties aboard the U.S.S. Dearborn were conducted as Gunner’s Mate.

He returned to Waterbury, working at Somer’s Brass a total of 7 years. At age 30, Joe ambitiously embarked upon a carpentry career and lifelong application of ever maintaining top standards of both performance and production. His favorite application of his craftsmanship centered around the restoration of colonial architecture, realizing the construction of three family dwellings, and volunteering his labor to church building projects. Many of the custom pieces he created are cherished by his favorite customers and beloved family members.

Joe utilized his leisure time sharing his passion for the New York Yankees, playing and coaching the game with friends and family. He also collected model trains which mirrored his affection for all things railroad and its bygone steam engine era foreshadowing America’s premier achievement in trade and commerce.

Locally, Joseph was a member of Mansfield Baptist Temple, and in younger years he was both a member and a deacon for Calvary Baptist Church in Waterbury, CT and Greenbrook Baptist Church in Greenbrook, NJ.

Joseph is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Vera Kalasnik of Lexington; their children Anya D. (Jamie) Payne of Oakland, FL, Joseph A. “Jay” Kalasnik of New Oxford, PA, and Jonathan L. (Anna) Kalashnik of Mansfield; grandchildren Dr. Trevor Sean (Erin) Payne, Sophee Alexa “Sasha” Payne, Alena Veryn Kalashnik, Samuel Andrew Kalashnik, and Matthew Zane Kalashnik; great-granddaughter Madelyn Ivy Rossiter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter Lois Joy Kalasnik and siblings Alexsandra Mentus and Walter Kalasnik.

Friends may call 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Avenue, Mansfield 44904 where Pastor Robert Kurtz will officiate the 4 p.m. service immediately following. Burial with full military honors will be held Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:30 am in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman.

Contributions in his honor to Temple Christian School may be made at the funeral home.

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