|Joseph P. Tarson|
|United States Marine Corps Veteran, Age 87|
|Born: October 30, 1920 Died: January 8, 2008|
|Joseph P. Tarson, age 87, of Sheffield Township, died Tuesday January 8, 2008 at Community Health Partners Hospital and Surgical Center following an extended illness. Mr. Tarson was born in Lorain, Ohio on October 30, 1920 and had been a resident of Lorain County for his entire life. He was a graduate of Lorain High School who later went on to attend classes at The Ohio State University.
He was a veteran of World War II serving as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps. He fulfilled duty assignments in the Marshall Islands as well as in Kwajalein Atoll, Okinawa, and the Ryukyu Islands all in the Pacific Theater. He was the recipient of the U.S.M.C. Sharpshooter’s Metal as well as the Good Conduct Medal.
Mr. Tarson was employed by the United States Steel Corporation at the company’s Lorain-Cuyahoga Works as a roll turner, craneman, and lathe operator. He retired in 1985 following thirty-seven years of service with the steel producer.
A parishioner of Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Elyria Township, he was an avid outdoorsman who especially enjoyed duck hunting. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, the National Rifle Association, and was a thirty-year member of the Ashland Erie Game Club. He was also a member, past treasurer, and past guide in the Beaver Creek Hunt Club.
Joe formerly served as an assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop # 307. He enjoyed taking trips to New York and Michigan where he fished for both Walleye and Salmon.
He was a gifted cabinet maker who also liked gardening, traveling to Florida, solving crossword puzzles, football, and baseball.
He is survived by his wife of fifty-two years Delcie (nee Hall), daughter Delcie J. France of Elyria, son David Tarson of Sheffield Township, grandchildren Jennifer, Amber, and Jesse, great grandchildren Jeremy, Chandler, and Michael, sister Isabelle Reynolds of Lorain, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son Steven M. Tarson in 2002, by his father John Tarson, by his mother Tillie Tarson-Hein (nee Urbas), by a brother Steven A. Tarson, and by sisters Regina Lightfoot, Albina Wells, and Florence Thomas.
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