Joseph R. Hixenbaugh, 80, of 1142 11th street West Pittsburg passed away the evening of June 8, 2020 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.
Joseph was born June 23, 1939 in New Freeport, PA. He was the son of the late Milton and Nellie R. Moore Hixenbaugh. Joseph was married to the former Patricia A. Stewart. They were married for 28 years. She survives at home. Mr. Hixenbaugh was a high school graduate. He attended Clarion University.
Following graduation, Joseph enlisted in the United States Army on February 19, 1962 in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was stationed at Sandia Base Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mr. Hixenbaugh served as a police officer with the Military Police. Joseph received many decorations and citations, among them where the rank of SP4, achieved the level of expert with both pistol and carbine. He also was a marksman with the M-1 Rifle. Mr. Hixenbaugh was removed from active duty on February 18, 1964 and transferred to United States Army Reserves. Joseph was Honorable Discharge on February 18, 1968 in Beaver, PA. Joseph retired after 18 years of service as sale clerk at Tractor Supply Company. Mr. Hixenbaugh was very involved with his children in the 4H club and raising sheep. He was an avid outdoorsman’s enjoying hunting and fishing. Joseph enjoyed attending New Castle High School basketball and football games. He was a fan of University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In addition to his wife Patricia, Joseph is survived by two daughters, Kathy Jo (Bob) Hagerty of Virginia Beach, VA; Rachael Schumaker of Heyworth, IL; son, Wayne (Jenifer) Hixenbaugh of Virginia Beach, Va.; two step-sons, Christopher (Mary) Jewell of Albuquerque, NM, and Mark (Kari) Jewell of Bartow, FL.: twelve grandchildren, Devin Hagerty, McKayla Hagerty, Skye Schumaker, Laurel Hixenbaugh, Kena Grisham, Cole Grisham, Christian (Sydney) Williams, Madelynn Jewell, Brittany Jewell, Gage Jewell, Mackenzie Jewell, and Dylan Losen.
Mr. Hixenbaugh was preceded in death by both his parents, daughter, Wendy Sue Hixenbaugh; and son-in-law, Roland Schumaker.
Following in his wish's there are no calling hours or service scheduled at this time. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family is asking that memorial contributions be made in his name to Northminster Church 2434 Wilmington Rd. New Castle, Pa. 16105
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