Joseph L. Litz, Jr., age 91 of Marion, formerly of Morral for over 50 years, passed into the arms of his Savior on Monday, December 27, 2021 in Galion, Ohio. He was born on January 3, 1930 in Auxier, Kentucky, to the late Joseph Litz, Sr., and Mary Underwood Litz Freeman.
Joseph was known for his love of the Lord above all else, and he attended Marion Enterprise Baptist Church. He proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, receiving both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star, and he later worked as a welder for Tecumseh for 18 years and then as a trucker driver for J-Lenco for 8 years.
Joseph was a family-oriented man, and he loved fishing, especially when he took trips to Lake Erie with his son Mark. He also enjoyed cruising. He never passed up a good meal, and he always enjoyed going out to eat with his loved ones. He also enjoyed watching the deer and the changing fall leaves during his time at Candlewood, where he lived with Ronda and his four-legged buddy Pete, and he loved rooting for the Kentucky Wildcats and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He played in a band called “The Hillbillies,” and they toured local nursing homes for over 20 years.
He is survived by his daughters Debby (Tom) Ballinger, Donna (Bobby) Myers, and Ronda Buckner; his son Mark L. (Corinna) Litz; his sisters Shelly (Virgil) Jacks, Phyllis (Fred) Parks, and Patsy Coldiron; his grandchildren Joey (Heather) Ballinger, Jennifer (J.D.) Jordan, Jason (Jeri) Applegate, Jessica (Michael) McCaulley, Trisha (Wayne) Harris, Chelsea (Garret) Holt, Kaitlin (Brandon) Barnes, and Michaela Litz; his great-grandchildren Madelynn Jordan, Emilee Jordan, Bryce Ballinger, Brennan Ballinger, Ronan Barnes, Graycie Barnes, Nora Barnes, and Porter Holt, as well as one on the way; his four-legged buddy Pete; and many nieces and nephews from Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his wife Betty Lou (Johnson) Litz; his father Joseph L. Litz, Sr., who passed away in a coal mining accident in Auxier Coal Mines; his mother Mary Underwood Litz Freeman; his step-father Robert Freeman; his daughter Janet K. Litz; his sisters Iris Moreland and Betty Jacks; and his brother Bill Litz.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 12 pm to 2 pm at the Boyd Funeral Home. Services will follow at 2 pm at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Grand Prairie Cemetery.
The service will be livestreamed at the following link: http://webcast.funeralvue.com/events/viewer/66803
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