Daniel J. Angalich, "Joe," age 75, of Etna, Ohio, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at St. Anne's Hospital on December 24, 2019. He bravely battled multiple terminal illnesses for years, staying with us despite the odds, but succumbed to a rare form of cancer.
Joe will be truly missed by his beloved wife of 51 years, Linda (Clutter) Angalich; his loving daughter, Lori Angalich Halvorson and her husband Chris Halvorson; cherished grandchildren, Bethany Teters and Matthew Halvorson; special brothers and sisters-in-law Don, Becky, Bobby, and Geraldine Clutter; loving cousins, nieces, and nephews; and numerous caring extended family members and friends. In addition to his parents George and Kathryn, he was preceded by his son, Joseph Brady Angalich; and his brother, George Angalich.
Joe was born on December 15, 1944, to the late George and Kathryn (Seehart) Angalich in Wheeling, WV and grew up in McMechen, West Virginia. He graduated from Union High School in 1962, where he was a great, All-State baseball player, and first met what would be his future wife and love of his life, Linda Clutter.
He joined the U.S. Marines in 1965 and bravely served as a Sergeant during the Vietnam War between 1968 and 1969. He was a recipient of a Purple Heart. Being a Marine was one of the greatest sources of pride for Joe. He shared with his grandson that if he could sign up for the Marine Corps again he would without hesitation. He always looked out for his fellow service members and veterans, and was a lifetime member of the Baltimore VFW.
Joe and Linda had met again by chance in 1967 and from that day, they knew they were meant to be together. They married in 1968, raised their son Joe and daughter Lori, and shared many wonderful memories as a couple and as a family. Their true love and commitment to each other, through the great times and very difficult times, was truly inspirational to everyone around them. Joe beamed about his beautiful wife and how much he loved her. Despite all of the challenges and pain Joe’s terminal illnesses presented over the years, he fought through them with all his strength to stay close to Linda. Linda supported and loved Joe wholeheartedly, even during the most difficult times, putting her own needs aside to ensure he was comfortable and happy through his final moments. He knew he was loved, and that his wife made superhuman efforts to protect his life, all the way through his last moments.
Joe was very fun-loving, humorous, intelligent, and witty. He genuinely enjoyed cars and motorcycles, acquiring and trading many of them over the years. He loved going on long motorcycle rides with his friends and Linda and enjoyed riding dirt bikes with his son Joseph. He was great at many hobbies and sports, including baseball, racquetball, golf, and music. He enjoyed collecting guns and going to the range with his friends and family. He also enjoyed fishing and boating at Buckeye Lake and spending time with Linda and Lori for long days on the water, where they shared many great memories and laughs. Joe was also a skilled artist and carpenter and crafted many beautiful items and furniture displayed in homes today.
He thrived on making those around him laugh. Even while he was physically unable to do the activities he enjoyed and was in excessive pain, he managed to make those around him smile with his jokes. He loved spending time, sharing stories, and joking around with his family and friends. He was also proud that his daughter, Lori, and granddaughter, Bethany, shared his sense of humor.
He also loved animals and being surrounded by his cats Sabre, Sadie, TC, and Buster, and grand dogs Tyber, Ellie and Sophie. They brought him tremendous joy and comfort over the years.
Joe was one of the Steelers’ greatest and most loyal fans. He had an unmatched collection of Steelers memorabilia gathered over decades, and his support for the Steelers never wavered. He enjoyed watching games with Linda through his final days.
Joe was a tremendously hard worker throughout his life, and always found ways to support his family. He had a successful career in logistics and started multiple businesses over the years. He retired from Sears as a Logistics Manager. His work ethic was exceptional, and he was so appreciative of friends and family who shared that with him.
Joe was so appreciative of all of the love, support, and joy that Linda, Lori, Chris, Bethany, and others gave him when he needed it most. He never let a day go by without sharing his love and appreciation to them.
We will miss Joe dearly and invite family and friends to a Memorial Gathering and Celebration of his Life on FRIDAY, January 3, 2020, anytime from 1-3 pm, at the PFEIFER FUNERAL HOME in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. An official Memorial Service with Honors will follow immediately at 3 – 4 pm, with Rev. Dr. Stephen Swisher officiating. Friends If you wish to donate to a charity in memory of Joe Angalich, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences are also available at www.pfeiferfuneral.com.
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