YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A funeral service celebrating the life of Mr. Joe M. Lenard Jr., 88, will be held Monday, at 11 a.m., at the Washington Funeral Home.
Mr. Lenard passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, with his family by his side.
Mr. Lenard was born Nov. 26, 1926, in Du Quoin, Illinois, (Perry County) a son of Joe M. and Betty Easton Lenard Sr.
He proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II, before relocating to the Youngstown, Ohio area.
He was formerly employed with U.S. Steel and R. L. Lipton Distribution Company, having retired in 1988, after 30 years of service.
He was the first African American to drive trucks in Youngstown for the company and was known by the nickname, “Budman.”
Joe was a member V.F.W. Post 6488 and the Knights of Pythias.
He enjoyed fishing, grilling, and hanging Christmas decorations outside his home. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 63 years, Mrs. Helen M. Evans Lenard, whom he married June 7, 1952; three daughters, Norma J. Benson, and Sharon, K. Lenard, both of Youngstown, and Jackie Brandon of Charleston, W.Va.; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a host of other relatives and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Lydia Woodson.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Please visit jewashingtonfuneralservices.com to leave condolences and to sign the online guestbook.
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