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Joseph A. Dervay

September 23, 1931 ~ January 1, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Joseph Dervay Obituary

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Suvak Dervay, sons Dr. Joseph Dervay (Dr. Mary), League City, TX, James Dervay (Jody) Franklin, MA, grandchildren James (Jessica), Daniel, Casey, Ryan(Isabel), Courtney, as well as sister Helen Dervay Demetry, brother in law’s Mike Suvak & John Pipta, along with many nieces and nephews. Joe attended Woodrow Wilson (K-9) and graduated from North High School, 1950, in the  technical Mechanical (Tech Mech) program. He enlisted in the USAF in 1951 and trained as a jet mechanic, serving as a Crew Chief on F-84 & F-86 aircraft during the Korean War, including three years in England. After completing four years of duty and obtaining the rank of Staff Sergeant, Joe graduated from the IBM Mechanical Apprentice program, working as a Model Maker, Printer Designer, and Associate Engineer.   Working fulltime at IBM, he completed an A.A.S degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Broome Tech Community College. His 36 yr. IBM career included work as a Sr. Designer, where he was awarded the Outstanding Contribution Patent Award for a design of the 1403 printer, and also served as a Facilities Engineer.  A lifelong member of St. Michael’s Orthodox Church, he served on several Board positions, including Chair of the beautiful Atrium design and construction. A 32 yr. member of the American Legion, he served as Vice Commander of Post 758 in Johnson City. He was a Master Mason in the Free & Accepted Masons of NYS. Joe loved to cook spiedies, host backyard functions, deer hunt,create, build or repair just about anything, and make pierogies at St. Mikes.  Always quick with a smile or joke, he loved to ensure those around him were having fun. His signature goodbye slogan was 10-4. His Tech Mech class of 16 completed nearly 70 reunions over the years, a testament to their bond.  He enjoyed everything aviation, space, airshows, sounds of jets and the majesty of flight. In the 1960s he founded the Iroquois Model Rocket Club teaching children to build and launch model rockets. Joe was a Great American!  The family will receive friends Friday  January 5, from 6-7 PM at J. F. Rice Funeral Home 150 Main St. Johnson City with a prayer service by Very Rev. Father Dutko at 6.45 pm. Funeral Services will be held  Saturday January 6 at St Michaels’ Orthodox Church 292 Clinton St. Binghamton, family will receive friends beginning at 9 AM followed by a Divine Liturgy at 10am. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery.  Special thanks to Joe’s home caregivers, especially Kashawna, Melissa, Kristen and niece Barbara for their loving care and kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations on behalf of Joseph Dervay can be made to St. Michal’s Orthodox Church  www.saintmichaels.info) or the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org)
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Services

Visitation
Friday
January 5, 2024

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
J.F. Rice Funeral Home, Inc.
150 Main Street
Johnson City, NY 13790

Prayer Service
Friday
January 5, 2024

6:45 PM
J.F. Rice Funeral Home, Inc.
150 Main Street
Johnson City, NY 13790

Visitation
Saturday
January 6, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
St. Michael's Orthodox Church
292 Clinton Street
Binghamton, NY 13905

Divine Liturgy
Saturday
January 6, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Michael's Orthodox Church
292 Clinton Street
Binghamton, NY 13905

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