Joseph F. Moritz

First Posted: 7/3/2013


Joseph F. Moritz

Joseph F. Moritz, 66, passed away July 1, 2013, at 4:40 p.m. at his residence in rural Lafayette from pancreatic cancer.

He was born on June 20, 1947, in Lima to Donald J. and W. Jean Zimmer Moritz, his father survives in Lima and his mother preceded him in death. He married Leola F. Davis Moritz on April 12, 1969, they were married for 44 years, and she survives in rural Lafayette.

Joe worked in various management positions for Ford Motor Co. Lima Engine Plant for 33 years, retiring in 2001. He graduated from Lafayette-Jackson High School in 1965 and he started his college education at The Ohio State University and continued on to receive a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Ohio Northern University in 1982. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, hunting for mushrooms, making maple syrup and other activities on the family farm. He especially loved traveling throughout the country with his wife, Lee, and spending time with his family. He was also actively involved in Boy Scouts of America as a scout and later on as a Scoutmaster and lifelong member of St. Luke Lutheran Church. The family of Joseph Fredrick Moritz wishes to thank The Arthur G. James Cancer Institute for the care he received.

Also surviving are two sons, Robert J. (Shawnna) Moritz, of Indianapolis, and Richard J. (Dara) Moritz, of Lima; seven grandchildren, Abigail, Alexander, Avery, Addison, Joshua, Ashlyn and Ella Moritz; a sister, Jane E. (Robert) Williams, of Harrod; and many nieces and nephews and other family members and friends.

Joe was preceded in death by his mother, Wilma Jean Moritz; and a special niece, Kelly Clum.

A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 209 W. North Street, Lima. Pastor Michael Hughes will officiate. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery, Lima.

Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church, Lima.

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