Joseph R. Rokisky, 96, of Bridgeport, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, September 3, 2023 at his home at Harmony at White Oaks in Bridgeport. Joe was born on January 19, 1927 in Clarksburg, a son of the late Windelen J. and Victoria C. Miklusak Rokisky. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Faire Marie Westfall Rokisky and was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Roberts Rokisky.
Joe graduated from Washington Irving High School, where he was the Captain of the Varsity Football Team. Upon graduating high school, he proudly served in the United States Navy, where he fought in WWII.
In 1924, Joe’s father-in-law, Roger Roberts started Esso Gas & Service Station. Rokisky’s Service Center will celebrate 100 years of business next year.
After a life well-lived of 96 years, we say goodbye to a good man. Joe Rokisky was not only loved by his family, but he was also loved by the community as well. Anyone who spent any amount of time with him instantly fell in love with his charming and witty personality. We loved listening to him talk to people and tell his stories. Joe was a hard-working man, served his country, and provided for his family. He loved his family, and he loved Jesus. He will be missed dearly. "Heros get remembered, but legends never die." Rest peacefully. Love, your family.
In addition to his wife, Joe is survived by his sister, Janie Bolton, his children, Arlene (Larry) Iaquinta and their children Lori (Doug) Knight, Ginny (Dustin) Vincent, and Wendy (Todd) McDougal, the Late Charlie (Barbara) Compton and their children Heather McNally, Julie Compton (Travis) Bearden, and Chad (Stephanie) Compton, Robert (Beth) Rokisky and their children Amanda (Robert) Romano, and Brian (Natasha) Rokisky, Kevin (Robin) Compton and their children Nathan and Tyler Compton, Scott (Margaret) Compton and their children Scott Compton, and Sarah Compton (Nick) Fossett, Tim (Marie) Rokisky and their children Emma (Dan) Pile, Todd Rokisky, Jill Rokisky, and Virginia Rokisky, Debra (Steve) Debs and their children Kyle and Garrett (Martha) Debs, Daniel (Jennifer) Rokisky and their children Nick Rokisky and Brooke (T.K) Hindman, Amy (Steven) Oswald and their children Andrew Oswald, Abigail Oswald and Ethan Oswald. He is also survived by 28 great grandchildren, and three nieces, Pam Cleghorn, Leslie Mathis, and Shelley Dean.
In addition to his parents and first wife, Joe is preceded in death by one brother, Frank Rokisky, two sons, Charlie Compton and Paul Rokisky, and a daughter-in-law, Mary Ellen Rokisky.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the All Saints Catholic Church Youth Group, 317 East Main Street, Bridgeport, WV 26330.
The family has entrusted the arrangements to the Ford Funeral Home, Allen Chapel, 215 East Main Street, Bridgeport, WV 26330. Friends will be received at All Saints Catholic Church, 317 East Main Street, Bridgeport, WV 26330 on Tuesday from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The Vigil Service will be held at 7:30 PM. The Catholic Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated in the church on Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at 10 AM with Reverend Father Walter Jagela presiding. The interment will follow in the Bridgeport Cemetery. Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com.