Joe Markiw, 59, of Avon Lake, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at St. John Medical Center, Westlake. Born May 8, 1955, in Butler, Pennsylvania, Joe was the son of the late John and Dorothy Markiw and the brother of the late John L. Markiw.
He was a 1973 graduate of Butler Area Senior High School and received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Grove City College in 1977. Music was one of his passions. He was a charter member of the General Butler Vagabonds Drum and Bugle Corps., where he marched for 11 years and worked his way up through the ranks to become one of their soprano soloists before he aged out. He picked up his trumpet after not playing for several years and became a member of the Lorain County Community College Civic Jazz Band, where he played for several years.
Joe started his work career as a management trainee for U.S. Steel Lorain Works in 1977. In 1985, he was given the opportunity to be part of a team to start up the shuttered U.S. Steel Cuyahoga Works. The shuttered facility became a world class rod mill for American Steel and Wire, where he was Manager of Engineering. He held various other positions with Birmingham Steel, Consolidated Natural Gas and ended his career at Charter Steel Cleveland works.
Surviving are his niece, Debra Miles (Keith); and nephew, John Markiw; and great-niece, Alannah.
Friends may call at the Busch Funeral Home, 32000 Detroit Rd., Avon, Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 2 to 4 P.M. A funeral service will be at the funeral home Sunday at 4 P.M. The graveside interment service will be Monday, August 4, 2014 at Rose Hill Cemetery, 535 Mercer Rd., Butler, Pennsylvania at 2 P.M.
In Lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org/donate
Arrangements are by the Busch Funeral Home, Avon Lake, (440) 933-3202, www.buschcares.com