Our dear sweet “Papa Joe” left us to join Jesus Christ in Eternity. Joe was the fifth child of Mary Fath and Peter Byrne. Joe attended Aquinas College High School and served in the Korean War for two years earning the CIB award. He began his work career as a journeyman plasterer, as his father did. He owned the Murphy’s Popcorn Co. for many years. He married Sally Graham and had seven children. He was a dedicated parishioner of Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Peace Catholic Churches. He was a Crusillo member and enjoyed serving breakfast for new members who were served green pancakes. He was a proud and active member of the Shamrock Club. “Jumpin’ Joe Byrne” was elected as an officer and served as the 1980 President for the Club. Joe also was a member of GAC, the Flytown Club, and enjoyed volunteering with the Picnic at the Pops series. He hosted and supported many events for a local Parents Without Partners Chapter. Joe was passionate about his family, golf, Mercedes Benz, OSU Buckeyes, coins, birds, airplanes, and the moon. Since August 2020 Kemper House of Worthington was his home. While there he regained his independence and was loved by the staff/residents and his family. In all things, Joe sought active purpose, sacrifice, and service to his fellow humans bringing humor, joy, and grace with him wherever he went. Preceded in death by his parents, sisters Mary Katherine and Ann Cox, (Bill), brother Murdith (Dort), and the mother of his children Sally Byrne Long. Survived by his sister Francis Rita Clear, his two sister-in-laws Dorothy Byrne and Judith Pishitelli, his children; Juliellen Byrne (Neil Brown), Christopher Byrne (Molly), Amy Larsen, Mary King (Kelley), Jennifer Hauenstein (Dennis), John Byrne, and Colby Byrne (Heather), and 34 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the family will be having private services and no calling hours will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to his beloved Shamrock Club or Kemper House Worthington.
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