Joseph John Rabada, 85 of South Seaville, New Jersey and formerly of Shenandoah, PA, departed his earthly home to spend eternity with the Lord in Heaven on Saturday, June 6th.
He was born on born June 2, 1935 in Shenandoah, Pa as an only child to the late Verna and Joseph Rabada.
Joe was a graduate of JW Cooper High School in Shenandoah, then went on to serve honorably in the United States Air Force. Upon his return from service, he went on to Iowa University as a "Hawkeye" football player. He later worked at The Budd Company in Philadelphia, PA. He spent most of his career in home improvement sales and with his happy, chatty disposition he was a natural born salesman. After an early retirement, he enjoyed being an active VFW member and being a snow bird traveler to Bradenton and Pine Boat Key, Florida and his summer home in South Seaville, NJ. His love of both fishing and football continued throughout his life. He was happiest when cheering on his beloved "Philadelphia Eagles" and "Nittany Lions".
Surviving is his only child, Tracy Rabada-Yocum and grandson, Brayden Joseph Yocum (14).
Joseph was known to those around him simply as Joe or Cookie, and few things made him happier than spending time with his family and friends. He was a very kind, loyal and loving man and was beloved by so many friends throughout his life. He was a wonderful father, special uncle and pop-pop to his family. He will be deeply missed and always be within our thoughts and hearts forever.
Scripture services will be held on Thursday, June 11th at 10am at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah officiated by Pastor Jack Murray. A visitation will take place from 8:30 to 10am at the funeral home. Interment with full military honors will be conducted at 11:30am at Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Pa. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all visitors are asked to follow recommended CDC guidelines regarding social distancing and safety protocol.
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