Jon “Jamie” Joseph, 56, Columbia City, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, at his work. Born March 17, 1964 in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Charles F. and Vivian M. (Strebig) Joseph.
He graduated from Northside High School with the Class of 1983 and served in the Army National Guard. On April 20, 1996, he married Dena Ellenwood. Jon started his work career off as a tool and die maker and ran the manufacturing at ACS for 10 years before starting his own business. At the age of 30, he founded Acme Industrial and Machine and sold the business in 2007. The year prior he took over ownership of Starlight Instruments and would expand the business and move it to Columbia City. Jon cherished time with his family and was always there to support his children, going camping and family vacations.
He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Dena Joseph; children, Maxwell Joseph, Samuel Joseph, Lilly Joseph and Clarice Joseph; sisters, Jennifer Joseph and Marilyn (Jim) Norvill; brother, Charles L. (Margaret) Joseph; niece, Leah Norris; and nephews, Brian Joseph and Jared Joseph. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 1, at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Face masks are required for attendance. Due to the current COVID restrictions, there will be a private service but it may be watched live on Facebook through DeMoney Grimes Live at 10 a.m. Tuesday with Funeral Celebrant Sharon Brockhaus officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made toward the children’s education fund, in care of Dena Joseph.