Joseph ‘Joe’ Lurie

Dec. 23, 1923 – Oct. 29, 2017

Joseph “Joe” Lurie, 93, Bedford, sadly departed this world on Sunday. He was residing at Colonial Court at Bedford at the time of death.

He was born in Altoona, son of Abram and Sophie Lurie, both immigrants from the Ukraine.

Surviving are two daughters: Royal Duncan (Fred) of Mason, Ohio, and Jan Housman (Jack) of Claysburg; three grandsons: David and Ben Duncan and Ian Housman; two granddaughters: Naomi Humphreys and Heidi Solomon; and five great-grandchildren: Liliana, Anna, Briella, Sean and Parker.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Hilda Schulman Lurie in 2006; his brother, Melvin Lurie; and his infant grandson, Jonah Solomon.

He was a 1941 graduate of Altoona High School and worked for National Dairies until he joined the U.S. Army during WWII. He went to basic training in Texas with the 86th Infantry Division and was shipped to the South Central Pacific in June 1943, where he was in the infantry and later was assigned to military intelligence. In 1946, after the war, he married Hilda Schulman, whom he knew from childhood. In 1951, Joe served his country again during the Korean Conflict where he spent his time in the Army’s 815th Ordnance as MOS chief clerk.

He worked for the Metropolitan Insurance Co. for 32 years, and became head of Industrial Development and Tourism for Bedford County for 10 years. He was responsible for many industries coming to Bedford County and he worked tirelessly to bring the Bedford Springs Hotel back to life. He was also involved in community work and was an active member and leader in the Rotary Club, Toastmasters, Elks Club, Chamber of Commerce, Bedford County PTA, the Bedford School Board, The American Legion, The Fraternal Order of Police, Civil Defense, Mid State Bank and the Airport Authority. He held leadership positions in many of those organizations. He was a member of the Agudath Achim Congregation.

Joe and Hilda were married for 60 years and enjoyed traveling throughout the world together. He loved to play both bridge and the stock market, and avidly followed news, sports and politics. He and his wife attended symphonies both at the Bedford Springs Hotel and in Pittsburgh. They spent many wonderful times together at their condo in Myrtle Beach where they welcomed their family and friends.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home Inc., 2309 Broad Ave., Altoona. A memorial service will be held at

11:30 a.m. Oct. 31, 2017, at the funeral home, followed by a graveside service and interment at the Agudath Achim Cemetery, 500 31st Ave., Altoona, officiated by Rabbis Josh Wohl and Shneur Horowitz.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Agudath Achim Congregation, 1306 17th St., Altoona, PA 16601, or The Greater Altoona Jewish Federation, or the Jewish Memorial Center, 1308 17th St., Altoona, PA 16601, or the American Kidney Foundation, 11921 Rockville Pike #300, Rockville, MD 20852.