Joseph “Joe” Yencsik, 91, of Ottumwa, passed away at 10:45 a.m. November 30, 2021 with his wife by his side.
He was born February 26, 1930 in Montrose, MO to Andrew and Verna Yencsik. When he was 12, the family moved to a farm in Wapello County where he grew up while attending school in Ottumwa.
Joe was drafted to the U.S. Army to serve in the Korean Conflict. During his time in the Army, he obtained the rank of Corporal and received the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, United Nations Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. After his release from the military, he returned to Ottumwa to work on his farm.
Joe was known to others as a very generous man. He donated his services to many of his customers. Joe owned and operated Yencsik Painting and was awarded Painter of the Year on several occasions. He was a cattle buyer and worked at many of the surrounding sale barns. Joe also served on the board for TENCO. He was known for his love of flowers and his meticulous lawn.
Joe was a longtime member of St. Patrick Catholic Church where he met the love of his life, Pauline. They were married July 15, 2000.
Surviving is his wife, Pauline; son, Tim (Debbie) Baird; daughter, Nancy Iiams; grandchildren, Joshua Baird, Kimberly Baird, Jennifer (Kenny) Ballhagen, Krissi Iiams and Julia Iiams; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary (Pete) Rich.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Tony Yencsik; sister, Margaret Mahaskey; brothers, Andrew, George and John Yencsik; and a very special mother-in-law, Oda Buban.
Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, December 5th at Reece Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A Christian Wake service will be 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. For those unable to attend, the Wake service may be viewed on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, December 6th at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Patrick Hilgendorf presiding. For those unable to attend, the Mass may be viewed on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page.
Joe will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery with military services conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion.
Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church or Care Initiatives Hospice.