Joseph Ray Fathbruckner

June 17, 1950 ‒ April 21, 2009

Delaware, Ohio

Joseph Ray “Fat Back” Fathbruckner, 58, of Delaware died Tuesday afternoon at his residence. He was born June 17, 1950 in Delaware to Andrew Carl and Kathleen (Cutler) Fathbruckner. He graduated from Olentangy High School and served in the United States Army from
1968 – 1974 and worked at the Kroger Distribution Center, Delaware. He was a lifetime Delaware resident who was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, AmVets Post #102, Eagles #376, and the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sports, going to Las Vegas, and watching the New York Yankees and the History Channel. He also was the “self-proclaimed Mayor of Rheem Street”. He is survived by his wife of almost 36 years, Connie (Evans); daughter, Janet (Shane) Racer of Marysville; sons, Casey (Morgin) Fathbruckner of Marysville and Drew Fathbruckner of Delaware; 4 grandchildren, Aaron, Caelan, Mason, and Reagan; 3 sisters, Karen (Dave) Hartnagel, Judy (Dave) Kidwell, and Jane (Ron) Spring, all of Delaware; 2 brothers, Andrew Fathbruckner of Mt. Gilead and Tom (Barb) Fathbruckner of Delaware; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Freeman and Betty Evans of Delaware; sister-in-laws, Anne (Richard) Gandee of Delaware, Brenda Brush of West Jefferson, and Diane (Rocky) Jones of Ostrander; brother-in-laws, Ballard (Karen) Evans of Lewis Center and Bill (Lori) Evans of Delaware; family friend, Ronnie Paulins of Delaware; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of family and friends; and his cat, Patches. He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter Tricia. The family will receive friends on Friday April 24th from 4 – 8 pm at the Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, Delaware where a vigil of prayer service will begin at 4:00 pm. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday April 25th at 9:30 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, Delaware with Rev. Fr. James Black officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. The family will then host a reception at the Delaware Eagles Lodge #376, immediately following the committal services. Those unable to attend the services may offer condolences to the family by visiting