Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


œTogether Again 
WOOSTER “ Joseph DeLuca, Jr., 94, of Wooster passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Ohio ™s Hospice LifeCare in Wooster.
He was born September 16, 1925 in Wooster, the son of Joseph Sr. and Florence Vitallo DeLuca.  
He retired in 1985 from Rubbermaid after 16 years as a printer and had previously worked for 26 years at US Fabricators.   Joseph was a life member of American Legion Post 68 and VFW #103of Wooster, was a member of the 555th Honors Detachment serving as a rifleman in the firing squad for veterans funeral ™s., Wayne Co. Historical Society, a life member of the Combat Infantryman ™s Association,  the 504th M.P. Association and served on the Honor Guard for General Patton.
He proudly served his country as a Cpl. and later as a first Sgt. with the US Army during WWII from 1943-1946 serving in France, Belgium, Italy and Austria and the European Theater.
Joseph is survived by a sister Lana Immel of Wooster and many nieces and nephews and a close friend Bud Noe.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 49 years, Janis Redd DeLuca on May 20, 1998 and a sister Vivian Grusnick.
Friends will be received at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster on Monday, March 2, 2020 from 6-8:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Mike Gladson officiating.   Entombment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ohio ™s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.
The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice and also Dr. Dana Bonezzi and her staff for all the care given to Joe.
Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions
Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home

Monday, March 2, 2020 from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home


  1. Dear Joe you are with your beloved Jan again. What a life you had. You will be missed beyond words ♥️

  2. My friends and I got to know Joe at breakfast at Bueller’s. We enjoyed talking to him and seeing him in his
    military uniform. He was such a gentlemen and will sorely be missed! Rest in peace Joe.

  3. Wow, he had quite a life. Knew him from Rubbermaid. Always a nice guy and a gentleman

  4. Joe was my second cousin and my dad’s friend. My mother would often go visit with his mother whenever we were visiting “up on the hill.” I remember Joe was always very nice to me, and he and Jan were at my mother’s funeral and had such kind words to say. I have enjoyed reading about Joe’s WWII days. What a full life he had! He will be missed. Deepest sympathy to his sister Lana and family.

  5. Lana and Tammy, Todd, and Troy,
    Susie, Mark,Chrissy, Randy and Joey
    I am so sorry for your loss. I don’t ever remember a time that I did not know Joe. He was a great guy. He was my mom’s best friend for many years.

  6. Dear Joe’s Family, Joe always kind and always glad to see his friends. He held court in his garage because he did not want to smoke his cigars in the house. He had a ring of chairs for friends and neighbors when they stopped by. Joe always knew what was happening on Memory Lane. In later years he did give up the cigars which he loved. We thank Joe for his service to our country during WWII and serving with the 555 Honors team. I know he missed Jan so much. My deepest sympathy to his family. He was brave to the end and now in heaven with his beloved Jan and friends and relatives. Probably holding court surrounded by his many friends. God bless his family. With love, Ruth

  7. Lana, Todd, Tammy and family, We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of a loved one. He was always very kind and friendly when I seen him. You all are in our prayers and may God grant you the peace, comfort and strength that you will need at this very difficult time.


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