Joseph A. Paden Jr., 72, of Meadville, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.
He was born in Alliance, Ohio, on June 21, 1941, a son of Joseph A. Paden Sr. and Mina Scrivens Paden White and his stepfather, John White. He married Sandra Seymour on July 21, 1990.
He worked as a conductor and brakeman on the Erie Lackawanna, Conrail and Norfolk Southern railroads, retiring in 2001 after 40 years of service. He was a 1961 graduate of Randolph-East Mead High School.
He was a member of the Vernon Central Fire Hall, East Mead Volunteer Fire Dept., Stafford American Legion Post No. 111, Saegertown American Legion Post No. 205, Meadville Rescue Squad and served on the Board of Relief.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, Sandra, of 23 years, include three children, Robin Hawk of Euless, Texas, Joseph W. Paden and his wife, Teresa, of Saegertown, and Judi Whitcomb and her husband, Tim, of Harborcreek; two stepdaughters, Wendy Lynch and her husband, Steve, of Meadville, and Stacy Sherretts and her husband, Wayne, of Conneautville; eight grandchildren Phillip Denman and his wife, Christy, Ryan Paden, Brendon Paden, Michael Whitcomb, Adam Whitcomb, Tyler Lynch, Kyle Lynch and Nicholas Lynch; a great-grandson, Zachary Denman; three sisters, Dorothy Hubert and her husband, John, of Franklin, Jeannette Gantt and her husband, George, of Andalusia, Ala., and Cheryl Baker and her husband, Kenneth, of Hermitage; three brothers, Frank Paden of Frenchtown, John Paden and his wife, Janet, of Cochranton, and Tim Paden of Franklin; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Robert W. Waid Funeral Home Inc., 581 Chestnut St., Meadville.
A service will follow Friday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Benjamin Travis, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, officiating.
Memories and condolences may be shared at waidfuneralhome.net.