Joseph  W. Lanahan
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“my prayers for everyone. i am so glad to have met each of you, and worked with joe and irene. the three of us use to laugh and admit sometimes it...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: iola wells - chestertown, MD

“Dear Lanahan Family, I am sure you all don't remember me but I am Aunt Athies sister. I use to have picnics at your house and visit with my mom...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Kathy Klose Tomaszewski

“Dear Jim and Jule, May your brother rest in everlasting peace. Kathy Murray ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Kathy Murray - Pittsburgh, PA

“Just a note to let you know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers .And that your dad is going to be missed alot. ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: Linda Gocolinski - north east , MD

“we wish Irene, Billy, Chris, Diane, and Becky, grandchildren, and friends our condolences on the loss of Joe. He loved you all. Personally I...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: steve lanahan - North Aurora, IL

“Dear Daddy, We have only honor and respect in your passing. You have conquered many hurdles courageously, and leave us with many a reason to be...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Diane Knittel

“Im so sorry to hear of your loss.I pray for comfort for all of you.Sending love and comfort to Irene and all of the Lanahan family.Take care. ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: Maura Cuddahee - Niagara Falls, NY

“Growing up I remember looking up to Uncle Joe and hanging on his every word as he told us stories. He had a way of grabbing our attention and...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Kristin Deering - Ball Ground, , GA

“Dear Irene and family: Charles and I were very sad to hear about Joe. We know his faith and are rest assured that he is at "the party" in heaven....Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Peggy and Charles Era - MD

“Irene and Family, Although the years have created much distance between us, all of your kindness and generous ways were no farther that a...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Ray Hathaway - Drexel Hill, PA

“Dad, You were right you can't hoot with the owls at night if you want to soar with the eagles in the morning! Just one of many things you taught...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Chris Murphy - Hertford, NC

“Bill, My heart goes out to You and your whole family! Our thoughts prayers are with you All. He will be missed by all. He always made me feel more...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Bob Krauss - Coatesville, PA

“Chris, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this time. Hold tight to the promises of God's unfailing love. He is holding...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Robin Ray - Windsor, NC

“Dear Diane & Family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You're in our thoughts & prayers. God Bless - Love, Steve & Lisa ”
14 of 17 | Posted by: Steve & Lisa Miller - Mainesburg, PA

“So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. Such a good, kind man. SayIng prayers of comfort for the whole family. ”
15 of 17 | Posted by: Jennifer Pitarresi Niagara Falls

“Hey grandpup i know your not here antmore and i never realy thought about what i wont have anymore. I never realyv saw yoju in the last few months...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: william - grandson

“Joe was a tremendous mentor throughout my time in the Air Guard and a great friend for all the years afterward. I’ve never met a Commander who...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Lt Colonel (ret.) Paul Willey - PA


Joseph W. Lanahan, age 76, of Rising Sun, MD passed away on January 27, 2013. Joseph was born in Darby, PA on March 12, 1936 to the late William A. & Vivian (Nelson) Lanahan.
Joseph was a retired Lt. Col. of the Delaware Air National Guard. He was Squad Commander and Deputy Commander of Maintenance. He had a C-130 aircraft named in his honor as the FY 2008 Camp Honoree. He was also a member of Retired Officers Association, Knights of Columbus, Lions Club of Aston, PA and Alcoholic Anonymous.
He is survived by his wife, Irene A. Lanahan of Rising Sun, MD; a son, William A. Lanahan of Avondale, PA; daughters, Mary C. Murphy and her husband George of Hertford, NC; Diane M. Knittel and her husband Greg of Avondale, PA., and Rebecca Ann Woodall and her husband William, Sr. of Galena, MD; two brothers, Richard Lanahan and his wife Pam of Dallas, TX and James Lanahan and his wife Julie of Erie, PA; grandchildren, William A. Jr, Ryan B., Brandon, Kali, Lara, Quinn, Rachael and William, Jr.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Tony Lanahan; and sister, Mary Lanahan, SNR.
A Service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at St Dennis Church, 153 N. Main St, Galena, MD 21635 Committal Service will be held 11:00 am on Monday, February 4, 2013 at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE 19701. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors c/o the funeral home.