Joseph R. "Happy Joe" Naglich, 80, of 237 Grandview Road, St. Marys, and formerly of Emporium, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at Christ the King Manor in DuBois.
He was born June 7, 1931 in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late Joseph and Mary Janes Naglich.
On August 28, 1965 in Erie, he married Betty Riedl Naglich, who survives.
Mr. Naglich was a member of the Queen of the World Church. He graduated from Emporium High School, class of 1950. He served in the U.S. Army, 45th Infantry Division, 179th Regiment of Company H during the Korean War; and after the war in Tooley, Greenland. He was an entrepreneur who owned a Texaco gas station and Texas Hot stand in Cuba, N.Y. At one time he owned a farm in Sinnemahoning known as The Willows Inn.
He also owned numerous auto repair shops, retail and wholesale car lots and was affectionately known as the "King of the Million Dollar Highway." For many years, he enjoyed working on and collecting military vehicles and antique classic cars, such as Rolls Royces. He was a member of the American Legion Post 103, VFW Post 6221, the Thunderbirds 45th Infantry Association, the 179th Regiment Association and the Rolls Royce Owner's Club.
In addition to his wife of nearly 46 years, Betty Riedl Naglich, he is survived by two sons, John Naglich and his wife Debbie of Kersey, and Robert Naglich of Phoenix, Ariz.; two daughters, Mary Lou, Mrs. Joe Wehler of St. Marys, and Jeanne, Mrs. Jim Reitmyer of Michigan; three grandchildren,
Skylar, Nate and Ella Wehler; and a cousin, Amelia Van der Hearst of New Jersey.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Naglich, in early childhood.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph R. "Happy Joe" Naglich will be celebrated at the Queen Of The World Church, 134 Queens Road, St. Marys, on Monday, August 29, at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Michael Ferrick, pastor, as celebrant.
Military honors will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail. Burial will follow in the St. Mark Cemetery in Emporium.
Visitation will be at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael Street, St. Marys, on Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail, c/o American Legion Post 103, Center Street, St. Marys, PA 15857; or to the Emporium VFW.
Online condolences may be placed at www.LynchGreenFuneralHome.com .