Joseph E. Ivory, 89, Altoona, passed away Sunday at home.
He was born in Altoona, son of the late Zerby and Cora (Baughman) Ivory. He married Grace M. Leamer on June 12, 1948.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years; two daughters: Regina L. Ivory and Diane K. Gomes; four sons: Joseph E. Jr. (Betty), David L. (Becky), James M. (Joann) and Dennis J. (Mary Jo); 10 grandchildren: Ashley, Christine, Justin, Natalie, David, Julie, Arlene, Victoria, Ariel and Aspen; three great-grandchildren: Kaelyn, David Jr. and Bailee; two sisters: Alice Scoboria and Adeline Cassarly; and a brother, Leo.
He was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Hannah.
Joe was a 1941 graduate of Altoona High School. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII, where he participated in the D-Day Invasion and was awarded a Bronze Star. He retired from Conrail in 1983 as a supply clerk after 35 years of service.
Joe was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and the A&J Iaia American Legion Post. He enjoyed camping and traveling.
Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Santella Funeral Home, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Committal will be at Canoe Creek Cemetery with full military honors.
Donations may be made to the Mount Carmel Restoration Fund in memory of Joe.