Of Castle Shannon, passed away at Concordia of the South Hills in Mt. Lebanon on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, age 95. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Patricia, in 2005. Survived by his sons, Daniel Slain (Ronni) of Churchill, and Steve Slain (Robyn) of Orlando, FL; and his grandchildren, Jessica, Ty, and Lexie. Uncle of Don Rossi (Peggy), David Slain (Betty), Audrey (the late Thomas Sr.), and other loving nieces and nephews. Also preceded in death by his two brothers, Abe Slain and Herman Slain, and two sisters, Freda Rossi and Belle Goldfon.
Mr. Slain was a proud WWII Veteran who served honorably with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific from 1943 to 1945. He served in the amphibious forces aboard the USS LST-246 and earned the American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon with 5 Battle Stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, World War II Victory Medal, and earned six Battle Stars for WWII service. He served in the following campaigns: Kwajalein, Eniwetok Atoll 2/14/1944, Saipan-Tinian 6/15/1944, Peleliu-Palau 9/15/1944, Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippines 1/5/44, and Okinawa-Gunto 5/2/1945.
After the service, he was employed in the building and construction industry with Ellsworth Construction in Pittsburgh, Felton Industries in Macon/Augusta, GA, and Steubenville Construction in Steubenville, OH. Joe was a "Pittsburgh Guy" who was an avid lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan and season ticket holder for Pitt and Steelers football. He loved rooting for the Pitt Panthers, Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. He also loved coaching baseball for the Beechview Little League and Colt League.
Friends received at Wolfe Memorial, LLC, Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, on Sunday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Mass of Christian Burial at St. John Fisher Church on Monday at 12:30pm. Private interment in the Cemetery of the Alleghenies with full military honors. Gifts in Joe's memory may be given to DAV – Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati OH 45250-0301, www.dav.org.
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DAV – Disabled American Veterans
P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati OH 45250-0301