Joseph A. Brubaker 1956 – 2016
Shortly before noon on Friday, January 15, 2016, we at Brubaker Inc., and the larger Brubaker family lost a valued employee, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and co-worker. Joe Brubaker, 59, left this earth after having waged a courageous 6-month journey with pancreatic cancer. He finished his journey from his home, with his wife, Lyn and their cats at his side.
Born in Lancaster, Joe was the son of Albert and Betty Brubaker. High school sweethearts from 1974, Joe was the husband of Lynda Carlin Brubaker, whom he married on June 23, 1979.
Joe graduated from Hempfield High School in 1974, where he had lettered in cross country, wrestling, and track and field. After learning the welding profession through high school Vo-Tech classes, Joe forged in a different direction upon graduation. He chose to shadow in his father’s footsteps in the family business here at Brubaker Inc. While he enjoyed reading, he preferred being a first hand participant and experiential learner. From his outdoors adventures hiking, biking, skiing, or scuba diving at various venues around the world, or in the multitude of jobs and projects which he built or oversaw the construction of in myriad locations in four states, Joe left an indelible mark on the people he associated with. Grounded in solid values and principles, Joe and his wife Lyn were blessed with many persons who they met and shared laughs with. Their sharing together in these adventures made for many treasured memories with so many people.
Along with his wife, Lyn, Joe leaves behind his parents, Albert and Betty Brubaker of Lancaster and his father and mother-in-law, Bill and Jean Carlin of Lancaster. In addition, Joe leaves behind siblings Paul of Lancaster, Rachel, wife of Dennis Witmer of Washington; Lois in Alaska, John, husband of Carol Leaman in Ohio; sister Carol in California, and Beth Ann, wife of Tommy Johnson in North Carolina. There are also six nieces and five nephews, and various other cousins. Joe was predeceased by his brother, Danny, who passed in 1972.
A service of remembrance for Joe will be held on Sunday February 21st at Neffsville Mennonite Church. At 2pm on that day there will be family greeting time; the service of remembrance at 3pm, and fellowship and sharing afterward.
Additionally, a Celebration of Life event in Joe’s memory will be held at a later date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, it has been requested that consideration be given to making a donation to Joe’s site online at Caring Bridge, and select Donation; and/or to the Mountville Church of the Brethren.
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