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In Memory of

Joseph Latsay

November 8, 1940 - August 10, 2017

Obituary


He was born November 8, 1940 to Joseph Frank Latsay and Ethel Rose Benko in Durand Hospital at 5:30 am in Durand, IL. Joe was raised from an early age by his Uncle and Aunt until they were tragically killed in an auto accident. Joe was then remanded to a foster family, Jeanne & Frank Kayanek, who continued to care for him up through his senior year in high school. Joe attended and went on to graduate from Owosso High School in 1959. The end of his senior year, Joe enlisted in the Marines and...

He was born November 8, 1940 to Joseph Frank Latsay and Ethel Rose Benko in Durand Hospital at 5:30 am in Durand, IL. Joe was raised from an early age by his Uncle and Aunt until they were tragically killed in an auto accident. Joe was then remanded to a foster family, Jeanne & Frank Kayanek, who continued to care for him up through his senior year in high school. Joe attended and went on to graduate from Owosso High School in 1959. The end of his senior year, Joe enlisted in the Marines and started basic training in July of 59'. He served honorably in the Marines for 4 years until August of 1963. During his time with the Marines he attained the rank of Lance Corporal. Immediately after an honorable discharge from the Marines, Joe enlisted in the Army. Serving his country in the Army from 1963 until his honorable discharge in December of 1979. During his service Joe gained a secondary education as a Veterinary Specialist in 1967 at Ft Polk, Louisiana and attained the rank of Staff Sargent. He served two, back to back, tours of duty in Vietnam caring for wounded sentry dogs. Joe was awarded the Bronze Medal in July 1970 for his display of excellence during his tour of duty in Vietnam. After retiring from the Army Joe continued his service to his country and fellow soldiers at Ft. Sam Houston Cemetery. Working from March of 1984 until September of 1999 when he retired for health reasons. Joe's love for animals and motorcycles kept him busy in his retirement years. He often spent time taking his dogs to the parks in and around San Antonio, and he loved to take pictures of them playing. His favorite animal, however, was a wounded fantail pigeon he had found one day while working in the cemetery. Angel was nursed back to health and spent the next 18 years being spoiled by Joe. She would wait patiently for him on his back gate until he returnShe is survived by; son Khanh Van Bach; daughter Lien Van Bach; son Kinh Van Bach; daughter Hoa Thi Bach; and son Dung Van Bach and numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. ed from work and then proceed to perch herself on his shoulder while he sat and watched the dogs play in the back yard. Joe is preceded in death by his natural birth mother. His foster parent Frank passed in 1999 and then Jeanne in 2005. They are survived by their three natural born children Ray, Marcia, and Paul. Joe's love for animals and country, and his dedication to his fellow soldiers show in everything he did. He lived a good honest life and was always willing to lend a hand to a neighbor. He will be sorely missed by his friends.
Arrangements under the direction of Sunset Funeral Home, San Antonio, TX.