Joseph Fielding Tatters, 81, of Meadville passed away on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at Meadville Medical Center.
He was born Feb. 23, 1932, in Turtle Creek, a son of the late James Oliver Tatters and Mary Smith McIntyre Tatters. He married Marcella M. Webster in 1957. She preceded him in death on May 17, 1979. He subsequently married Shirley M. Swartz on Sept. 27, 1997. She survives.
He was of the Baptist faith.
He retired from the Erie-Lackawanna-Conrail Railroad, where he worked for numerous years. He also retired from Meadville Junior High School, where he worked for a number of years.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1954. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006, Meadville, Cambridge Springs American Legion Post 381, Italian Civic Club, West Mead II Volunteer Fire Department, the Meadville Club and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Meadville Aerie 429.
He enjoyed fishing, camping and watching football, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers. He enjoyed socializing with his friends, but most of all he enjoyed being with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley M. Tatters of Meadville; a son, Joseph Tatters of Meadville; a son, Ron Tatters of Meadville; a daughter, Deborah Ann Manross and her husband, Mike, of Meadville; a son, Glenn Tatters and his wife, JoAnn, of Meadville; and 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren whom he loved and adored spending time with. He is further survived by a niece, Judy Thompson and her husband, Larry; and by several other nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, and his wife, Marcella M. Tatters, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy Tatters; two sisters, Martha Patterson and Burness Figgins; and by four brothers, Jim O. Tatters, Johnie Tatters, Charles Tatters and Kenny Tatters.
Family and friends may call on Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Hatheway-Tedesco Funeral Home & Crematory, 614 Baldwin St., Meadville.
Family and Friends are welcome to attend the funeral service on Sunday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with Brandon M. Manross, his grandson, officiating. Full military honors will be conducted by VFW Post 2006.
Burial will be in Kingsley Cemetery, Townville.
Please sign the guestbook online at hatheway-tedesco.com.