Joseph F. ‘Joe’ Roub Sr.

July 27, 1928 – Nov. 4, 2019


Joseph F. “Joe” Roub Sr., 91, Altoona, died Monday morning at his home.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late William A. and Julia (Parks) Roub. On Nov. 27, 1954, he married Rose Marie Meloy in Altoona, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 28, 2012.

Surviving are his four children: Julia (Paul) Vallade in Maryland, Jack (Doreen) in North Carolina, and Jeannette Shannon and Rose Mary Roub, both of Altoona; nine grandchildren: Ryan Shannon, Erin Shumac, Sean Shannon, Andrew Vallade, Kimberly Laughton, Christin Roub, Joseph Roub III, Anthony Roub and John Roub; 10 great-grandchildren: Cameron and Kailah Shannon, Seamas, Kinley, Maeve and Meallan Shumac, Liam Roub, and Shawn, Sydney and Devin; brothers and sisters-in-law: Mary (William) Robb, Elizabeth MacFarlane and John Eckenrode, all of Altoona; and special family friend, Becky Lardieri.

He was preceded in death by a son, Joseph F. Jr.; and a son-in-law, Patrick Shannon. Joe was the last of his immediate family and was preceded in death by 13 siblings.

He retired from the environmental services department at Altoona Hospital after 28 years of service. He attended First Baptist Church, Altoona. Joe enjoyed WWE wrestling, building models and was a train enthusiast.

Joe was a one-of-a-kind soul, and God blessed him with 91 years to spread his love, joy and humor. We all have many, many happy memories and humorous moments with him. His fast-talking, fast-walking, silly songs and love of dogs is known by many. He was a teacher to many without knowing it, and a wonderful example of how to love your family and people in general.

He will be missed tremendously.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at Jon C. Russin Funeral Home Inc., Bellwood. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at the funeral home, Pastor Jerry Sneath officiating. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery, Altoona.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home for funeral expenses.