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Joseph P. Whyte

A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Joseph P. Whyte, 76, of Thornville, was held June 6, 2019, at St. Leonard Catholic Church, with Rev. G. Michael Gribble as celebrant. Interment followed in Fairmount Cemetery.
Joseph, an avid Notre Dame fan, died at Licking Memorial Hospital on Sunday, June 2, 2019. He was born in Steubenville, on July 13, 1942, to the late James and Ruth (Zimmerman) Whyte.
Joseph was a devoted parishioner of St. Leonard Catholic Church where he also taught in the PSR Program. He received his Bachelors in Education and Masters in Guidance and Counseling from Ohio University, and worked as the Director of Guidance and Counselor at Lakewood Junior High for many years. Following his retirement, Joseph was a driver with Catholic Social Services and continued to serve Lakewood Schools as a substitute teacher and tutor. He loved working with kids, and worked at the Water’s Edge Community Center hosting an after-school program, often assisting children with their schoolwork.
As a sports enthusiast, Joseph loved to follow many high school sporting teams. He was a doting “PapPap” and took great pride in cheering for his grandchildren during their endeavors on the field, in addition to supporting their talent on the high school theatrical stage.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of 52 years, Barbara (Buskey) Whyte; his daughters, Laura (Jason) Reed and Lisa (Jeremy) Davis; five grandchildren, Kai and Quinn Reed; Jack, Rhys, and Eleanor Davis; his siblings, Margaret (David) Strosky, Peter (Judith) Whyte and Barbara Kaufmann; sister-in-law, Joyce Whyte; brother-in-law, William (Anita) Buskey; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Joseph was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Whyte; and brother-in-law, William Kaufmann.
The family requests memorials in Joseph’s name be made to St. Vincent de Paul.
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