Joseph J. Tuscan

June 06, 1923 ‒ January 07, 2012

Crestline, Ohio

Joseph J. Tuscan, 88, of Galion, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at Olentangy Woods Nursing Center in Galion, after failing health.

Born June 6, 1923 in Crestline, he was the son of the late Mikel and the Antoinette Iapino Tuscan. He married Delores V. Gerhardt Tuscan on June 21, 1947 who survives.

Joe graduated from Galion High School in 1940 and served in the U. S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific, first on the USS Chicago which was bombed and sunk with him aboard and later on the USS Sylvania. He was a member of the USS Chicago Shipmates Assoc. and a lifetime member of Galion American Legion Scarbrough Post 243. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, a 50 year member of Galion Lodge 414 F & AM; Galion Chapter 142 Royal Arch Masons and a 32nd Degree member of Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus. He was an honorary member of Kentucky Colonels and loved his morning McDonald’s coffee buddies and his bowling friends. He also enjoyed fishing, camping and football.

Joe retired from ITT North Electric where he worked in the Engineering Department. He also owned and operated Tuscan’s Recreation Bowling Alley in Galion.

In addition to his wife he is also survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline and Tom Fullerton of Westerville; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Jean Tuscan of Solon and four grandchildren, Jonathan Sarah Tuscan, Robin Britton, Veronica McDaniel and Cynthia Colley; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Grimes of Calif. and his close friends, Gene and Brenda Claus of Galion.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, June Tuscan, one son, John Charles Tuscan and one brother, Leo Tuscan.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 at Richardson-Davis Funeral Home where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 with Pastor Don Trigg officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the U.S. Navy and the Galion/Crestline area veteran’s organizations.

A Masonic memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Monday at Richardson-Davis Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Christ United Methodist Church, 130 East Walnut St., Galion, Ohio 44833.