Joseph M. Youse

Obituary for Joseph M. Youse

December 23, 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Joseph M. Youse passed away, suddenly, on December 23, 2020 at the age of 62. Beloved husband of Jeanine R. Youse (nee Shirley); loving father of Kristin, Mariah and Joseph Youse; cherished grandfather of Harper; devoted son of Margaret and Joseph F. Youse; dear brother of Jim Youse (Cherie), Peggy Nelms (Bryan), Kevin Youse (Holly) and Tim Youse (Liz); son-in-law of Mary Bertucci (the late John) and the late Roy Shirley (surviving spouse, Mildred). Joe is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Joseph Michael Youse, an incredible human being. He was born and raised in Philadelphia, a 1977 graduate of Archbishop Ryan High School, received an Associate Degree from Bucks County Community College, earned credits at Temple University and graduated from the Philadelphia Police Academy.
He was a loving husband, wonderful father and a fantastic, caring son, a big brother, fun uncle and an amazing friend.
He was a decorated Police Officer, brave and dependable. He served the City of Philadelphia and his community in many capacities for a near 39 years, most recently as Sergeant. He worked in the transit unit, was an instructor at the Academy, and worked with audits and inspections. He was a smart, hard-working individual that taught his children the value of good work ethic.
His passions in life were his family, friends and his music—especially his guitar. His inspiration for music started early in life as a huge fan of rock and roll and the blues. His all time favorite group was The Beatles. It was The Beatles who inspired him to learn how to play the guitar and want to write songs. Joe became a creative song writer and musician, bringing countless hours of musical joy at family parties, public gatherings, or just with his family around the house.
He genuinely cared for people and their well-being. He was humble and caring with a heart of gold. He was the type of guy you wanted around to defuse a tense situation or look to for counsel and advice. He figured life out early, he didn't sweat the small stuff and lived by his life motto "Do the Right Thing."
He was a man that knew what he liked. He adored being with his soul-mate Jeanine, and his family and friends—especially when they all gathered at his "Happy Place" in the Poconos, with his guitar, a Miller Highlife and his dog Buster. Joe had a great sense of humor. He was always quick with the joke, and often the guy in the crowd that would yell out "Free Bird" when the band was between sets.
Joe was a true optimist and lived life to the max. He would often say "This could be the greatest day of your life!" reminding us to take advantage of the time we have together. Joe certainly gave many of us, some of the greatest days of our lives.
Relatives and friends are invited to Joe's Life Celebration on Saturday, January 9, 2021, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Calvary Church, 11024 Knights Rd., Phila., followed by his Memorial Mass at 12:00 p.m. Interment private.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Joe's memory to the Alzheimer's Association at would be appreciated.
Family service by John F. Givnish Funeral Home of Academy Rd.

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