US Army

Joseph E. Kencec Sr.

November 2, 1930 ~ March 13, 2019 (age 88)


Joseph E. Kencec, Sr., 88, of Hickory, died Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in the Canonsburg Hospital.

He was born November 2, 1930 in Herminie, a son of Nick and Angela Vozel Kencec.

Mr. Kencec worked for Consolidated Coal Co. at the Westland Mine and retired from the Bailey Mine in January of 1993.

Joe was veteran of the Korean War serving with the US Army.

He was a member of the Chartiers Hill United Presbyterian Church as well as the Southview SNPJ, American Legion Post #902 in Houston, Westland Sportsman’s Club, United Mine Workers Association and the Chartiers Township Senior Citizens.

He enjoyed horseshoes and was a Pittsburgh sports fan.

On March 6, 1954, he married Marlene M. Liggitt who survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Roxanne Dessify (Franklin) of Washington; a son Joseph E. Kencec, Jr. (Lisa) of Houston; five grandchildren, Michael and Nicole Dessify, Valerie Hanson (Eric) and Joseph III and Thomas Kencec; two greatgrandsons, Johnny and Peter Eric; two sisters, Wilma Munsky of Bethel Park and Mary DeBlander of Strabane; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are four brothers, Frank, Nick, Steve and John Kencec; and two sisters, Sophie Poklemba and Agnes Cook.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 Friday in the McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd. Robert K. McIlvaine, Owner/Supervisor, 27 Cherry Ave., Houston, PA 15342, where services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019 with Rev. Peggy Shannon officiating.  Interment will follow in Mt. Prospect Cemetery, Hickory.  Full military rites will be accorded by the Honor Guard of VFW Post #191, Canonsburg. 

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March 15, 2019

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd.
27 Cherry Ave.
Houston, PA 15342

Funeral Service
March 16, 2019

11:00 AM
McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd.
27 Cherry Ave.
Houston, PA 15342

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