LEETONIA - Colonel Joseph Anthony Lopshansky, 84, of 40836 Crestview Road, died at 9:55 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at his home following a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Joe was born Aug. 10, 1927, in Poland, Ohio, a son of Louis and Alexandria Stathi Lopshansky and had lived in Leetonia since 1951.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After serving in the Army, he drove truck for various companies for many years. He also farmed the family farm for several years and began his auction career in 1961 when he founded Crestview Auction where he remained an active auctioneer for the past 51 years.
His wife, the former Martha M. Hough, whom he married Aug. 10, 1951, died June 14, 2002.
He is survived by two sons, Jay Allen Lopshansky of New Waterford and Martin Joseph Lopshansky of Virginia Beach, Va.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home in Columbiana with Pastor Joe Congemi officiating. Burial will follow in Cool Springs Cemetery where Benjamin Firestone Post #290 American Legion will accord military honors.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.