Arthur “Butch” Joseph

November 7, 1944 - February 26, 2018

11/07/1944 - 02/26/2018

Past Services

Sunday March 04, 2018
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes - Shadyside Chapel
3900 Central Avenue
Shadyside, Ohio 43947
740-676-4310 | Directions
Monday March 05, 2018
Powhatan Cemetery
Powhatan Point, Ohio 43942
Monday March 05, 2018
11:00 am
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes - Shadyside Chapel
3900 Central Avenue
Shadyside, Ohio 43947
740-676-4310 | Directions

Arthur “Butch” Joseph, 73, of Shadyside, Ohio passed away peacefully on Monday, February 26, 2018, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV.
Butch, the son of Hazel (Price) Fanti was born November 7, 1944, in San Francisco, CA.

He was retired from Wheeling -Pittsburgh Steel Corporation -Martins Ferry Plant, and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Shadyside, OH. He was an Air Force veteran serving in Japan during the Vietnam War.

He was very active in both local and state track programs. He and his wife, Donna, served at Shadyside High School as head coaches of girls track and boys and girls cross country and as assistant volleyball coach under his son, Joel.

He served as chairperson of both the OVAC track and cross country committees and was instrumental in developing the present OVAC track championship format. For his dedication to Track and Field, Butch received the Ed Barker Award from the OATCCC and was inducted into the OVAC Hall of Fame.
He was an avid supporter of all things Shadyside Tigers and Ohio State Buckeyes.

Preceding him in death was his mother, Hazel, and his step-father Nick Fanti, and sister, Emmalene Laura Joseph.

Surviving is his wife, Donna Kroll Joseph, two sons, Joel David Joseph of Shadyside, OH, and Jared Daniel Joseph of Columbus, OH, the apples of his eye- his two grandchildren, Jillian Michelle Joseph, Jordan Michael Joseph, and his grand-dogs, Stella and Happy.

The family will receive friends from 2pm-8pm Sunday at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes and Crematory, 3900 Central Avenue, Shadyside, OH where funeral services will be held at 11am Monday with Reverend David Roberts officiating.

Interment follows at Powhatan Cemetery.

Full Military Graveside Services will be conducted by the Belmont County Veterans Association.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, memorial contributions may be made in Butch’s honor to the Shadyside Relays

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john kapolka
5 years ago

To the joseph family,
It was a honor to have been coached by, coached with, and to have worked many meets with Butch! Thoughts and prayers! Sorry I missed the service, currently in Fla.
John Kapolka

Tyler & Amanda MacKay
5 years ago

Donna – We love you so much! You and Butch were such an important part of our lives when we lived in Wheeling. So many great memories of playing cards, going out to dinner, and just hanging out with you guys. We are praying for you!

Rod and Linda (Klee) Hubbs
5 years ago

Donna, we were so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. Our sincerest sympathy to you and all of your family. Prayers.

Cheryl J Skinner, WV Patriot Guard
5 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Arthur Joseph, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten..
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Air Force Veteran, Arthur Joseph, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Bill Flanagan
5 years ago

Condolences to you and your family Butch and I were buddies in high school and remained friends after graduating from Bellaire high
When Butch would come home on leave from the Air Force we would hang out with the guys , it was a great time back then
Butch was a great friend

Bill Flanagan
5 years ago

Condolences to you and the family
Butch and I were high school buddies and remained friends after graduating from Bellaire high
Whenever Butch would come home on leave from the Air Force Butch , me , and some of the guys would hang out together it was a great time back in those days
Butch was a great guy and a great friend

Sandy Trigg Marling
5 years ago

I was blessed to have known Butch during our Bellaire High School years. He was always a kind and gentle person. My condolences to the entire family.

Anna (Gerdau) Smith
5 years ago

Mrs. Joseph, Jared, Joel and family,
I was so saddened to hear of Butch’s passing. You both made a tremendous impact on my life in the years I was growing up in Shadyside and I am forever grateful for knowing you both. I often think of Butch as my daughter runs track and at times I really think she needs one of those kicks in the ___ that Butch would give me.
Butch lived a life with true purpose, something so many of us strive for but very few accomplish. Take comfort knowing Butch is in the loving arms of our Lord Jesus, who is always faithful. I’ll be praying for you all that you find God’s peace and comfort. Love to you all.

Brandy Moore
5 years ago

Mrs. Joseph, I am sorry to hear about Butch’s passing. He was a great guy. I still remember him when I was on track and Cross Country. He was always so encouraging and pushing me to do better. He will truly be missed.

Brad Powell
5 years ago

Mrs. Joseph,
I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Joseph’s passing. He was a great man and I truly respected him. I always enjoyed my conversations with him, whether it be about Ohio State football or the Shadyside Relays or just saying hey. I will include him in my prayers. God Bless.