Joseph Bish, 66, of Findlay, died on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at the Cleveland Clinic. He was born in Findlay on June 30, 1956 to Cloyd Willard & Theresia Rozna (Borgelt) Bish. On December 5, 1986 he married Andrea Jane (Swisher) Bish.
Joe worked with Findlay Recreational Department maintaining the Riverside Diamond from a young age, beginning in 1968. He then played baseball with the neighborhood kids at the same diamond. Eventually, he played for numerous men’s slow pitch teams, Tonsorium, Genesee Cream Ale, Jac n’ Do’s Pizza, and FOP. He also managed a slow and fast pitch men’s softball team for Jac n’ Do’s starting in 1988. Through these friendships and connections, Joe became involved in coed slow pitch softball, primarily playing for the Pappy Monday team that won their division in Ohio in 1988, 1989, and 1990. He enjoyed collecting baseball cards, having full sets of Topps cards from 1956 through 2020. He also loved to cook. His favorite saying was “If you leave my house hungry, it’s YOUR fault!” In the fall, Notre Dame Football was his constant passion. He went to at least one home game a year from the age of 7, until 2020. He still has the programs and tickets stubs. Joe was a Boy Scout who achieved the Order of the Arrow. He started working at Jac n’ Do’s Pizza on Trenton Ave. when he was still in high school. Then he moved on to Frueh’s Bakery until 1991. He returned to Jac n’ Do’s a few times. He also worked a short time at Best Buy Distribution Center. Joe also ran the sideline markers at Findlay High School home football games.
Joe is survived by his wife, Andrea, as well as brothers Gerald C. (Chuck) George of Findlay, and David J. (Tracie) George of Arcadia, and sisters Suellen M. Norris of Findlay and Mary J. (Robert) Williams of Helena, MT. He is also survived by nieces Lauri A. Mayberry, Lesa Long, and nephews Ryan L. (Tracey) Norris, Seth (Bri) George, Braydon (Kayla) George, Michael (Breanna) George and Cloyd B. (Amy) Leon Guerrero. Joe’s great nephews are Stephen J. Forshaw, Michael (Rebecca) Forshaw, Justin A. (Emily) Mayberry USN, Travis C. Biller, Alec J. Sigler, and Johnny T. (fiancé Kelsey Mae Bragenzer) Keesbury. His great nieces are Brianna Leon Gurrero, Chelsea Leon Gurrero, and Page D. (Cory) Kramer. Joe was blessed with one great-great niece, Lexi J. Forshaw.
Preceding Joe in death are his parents, his sister Dessie M. Leon Guerrero, his niece Marlo Jean Leon Guerrero, and brother-in-law Rolland L. Norris.
Friends and family may visit from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2022, at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m. following visitation with Fr. Peter Grodi officiating. Interment will be in Arcadia Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions in Joe’s name can be made to the family in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at: www.huffordfh.com.
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