Joseph “Joe” Leon Householder
Joseph “Joe” Leon Householder, 89, of Williamsport, Md., passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Homewood at Williamsport.
Born July 14, 1931 in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., Joe was the son of the late Kelley M. and Letha Hawvermale Householder.
He attended Berkeley Springs High School until the age of 16, at which time he decided to become a man of the world and joined the U.S. Army.
After boot camp and schooling, he was investigated by the FBI for security clearance, and they discovered that he was not old enough to be in the service. After the Bureau received permission from his father, Joe was legally able to become a member of the U.S. Army. He shipped to Stuttgart, Germany on the USS PATTON, where he spent three years and six months supervising teletype operators. At the end of the stint in Germany, Joe returned to the U.S. on the same ship (the USS PATTON).
He spent five years in the Army and six years in the Army Reserves. While on leave to his home in Berkeley Springs, he met Delores Corbin on July 4, 1952. Five months later, they were married.
Joe had several different occupations during his life, but the longest was manager of three different banks over the period of 20 plus years.
He was a member of the Medairy Lodge No. 140 A.F. & A.M., the Tall Cedars of Lebanon Forest Lodge No. 95, and the American Legion Post No. 202 in Williamsport.
Joe was the middle of seven children: three brothers, Virgil R. Householder, Foster P. Householder and Ralph Householder; two sisters, Geneva Householder Paugh and Pauline Householder Cox, all deceased; and survived by his sister, Jean.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Delores Corbin Householder; grandson he adored, Christopher Householder and wife, Allyson (Point of Rocks, Md.); daughter-in-law, Kimberly Householder (Falling Waters, W.Va.); sister-in-law, Elizabeth Householder (Martinsburg, W.Va.); sister-in-law, Treva Householder (Florida); nine nephews and six nieces.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Joseph L. Householder II and infant, David Scott Householder.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, with Pastor Douglas Wagner officiating, at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, Md. Burial immediately followed in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. Visitation was held at the funeral home on Monday, January 4, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. with no viewing.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Homewood at Williamsport, 16505 Virginia Ave, Williamsport, MD 21795.
The family wishes to give their thanks and love to the entire staff at Homewood for the exceptional care and kindness the family received from them.
Online condolences are accepted at www.minnichfh. com.