SALEM - Joseph M. Batyski, 91, of Salem, died at 1 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at the Salem Community Hospital.
He was born Nov. 23, 1921, in Yatesboro, Pa., the son of the late Roman and Anna (Sabol) Batyski.
Joseph was a 1939 graduate of Greenford High School and attended the General Motors Institute. For 31 years Mr. Batyski drove an 18-wheeler for Standard Oil and then for the United Tool and Die Co. He drove school bus for 20 years for the South Range School District.
Mr. Batyski was a member of the St. Paul Catholic Church, where he served as an usher for 70 years. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus for 50 years.
As a young man Joe was good at baseball, and was an avid bowler for 65 years, 40 years at Kensington Bowling Alley. He was inducted in the Bowlers Hall of Fame for the Salem Association. Joe was an avid fan at his grandchildren and great-grandchildren's sporting events.
Joe is survived by his wife, the former Beulah (Grace) Batyski, whom he married on Dec. 16, 1943; and two daughters, Carole Murray of Salem and Susan (Jim) Bowman of Greenford; seven grandchildren, James Jr. (Pam) Murray, Gregory (Mary) Murray, Eric (Holly) Murray, Jason Murray, Ty (Melissa) Bowman, Darrin (Angie) Bowman and Jamie (Kasey) Shidel; and 23 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, James Lex Murray; a brother, Alex Batyski; and a sister, Albina Evanoff.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the St. Paul Catholic Church with Father Robert Edwards officiating.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Stark Memorial Funeral Home with a prayer service at 3:45 p.m. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Our Lady's Purse, St. Paul Catholic Church, 935 E. State St., Salem, Ohio 44460.
This obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to the family online at www.starkmemorial.com.