In Remembrance of Joseph J. Gentile, Sr.
Joseph J. Gentile, Sr.Factoryville & Dunmore July 2, 1930 ~ August 22, 2014 Date of Service: August 26, 2014
Joseph J. Gentile Sr., Factoryville, died Friday morning in Hospice of the Sacred Heart in Dunmore. He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Ann Ross, and would have celebrated 64 years of marriage on September 7th.
Born in Dunmore on July 2, 1930, son of the late John and Rose Pane Gentile, Joe was a graduate of Dunmore High School. He attended St. Thomas College, now the University of Scranton, leaving 30 credits shy of graduation and forgoing plans to attend law school in order to care for his ailing sister and family. A proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe served his country during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Our Lady of the Abingtons Parish, the Knights of Columbus, and the Free and Accepted Masons Lodge #291.
Starting with one oil delivery truck in 1960, Joe worked tirelessly to build what would become an oil conglomerate of home heating, wholesale distribution, and retail outlets. He began as a one man operation, delivering and servicing oil by day and spend nights bartending at The Long Branch in Dunmore. By 1976, he had purchased a Mobil Oil distributorship in Scranton, which he eventually grew into dozens of convenient store locations spread out across Northeast and Central PA.
Joe was founder and president of Dunmore Oil Company, one of the largest fuel providers in the Northeast and the parent company of Joe’s Kwik Marts. He was also a founding partner and president of Five Star Equipment, and with his sons helped form Airline Petroleum Company. He was a longtime member of the First National Community Bank board of directors, where he remained loyal since taking his first loan to purchase the oil truck in 1960.
An avid outdoorsman, Joe thoroughly enjoyed hunting, trap shooting, and riding horses with family and friends. He and his closest friends formed the Lithia Valley Wranglers, spending weekends horseback riding at his beloved Factoryville ranch. He was a member of the Amateur Trap Shooting Association, garnishing many first place awards in PA state competition. He graciously hosted his friends and strangers alike every Wednesday for trap shooting at Lithia Valley, where he will be greatly missed.
When he wasn’t outdoors, Joe enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family, his greatest source of joy and pride. Keeping with Italian tradition, he especially loved being with his family around the dinner table. He always made sure his entire family had the very best in life. His generosity extended to many local charities and organizations, often times as an anonymous donor.
Surviving are his children, a daughter Beverly Chermak and her husband Daniel, Clarks Green, a son Joseph J. Gentile Jr., Clarks Summit, and a daughter-in-law, Jennifer Gentile, Madisonville; nine grandchildren, Melissa Liput and her husband Ron, Clarks Green, Lauren Olivetti and her husband Nicholas, Philadelphia, Christal Gentile, Dunmore, John J. Gentile Jr. and his wife Anne, Madisonville, Amanda Gentile, Philadelphia, Brooke Beier and her husband Justin, Olyphant, Joseph J. Gentile III, West Abington Township, and Jake and Billy Gentile, both of Clarks Summit; six great grandchildren, Tyler Liput, Elle Olivetti, Daniel Olivetti, Grace Gentile, Milania Beier and Luciana Beier; two sisters, Angela Kirwin, Pottsville, and Lenore Samela, Annandale, NJ; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, John J. Gentile Sr., and two sisters, Alice Bakie and Jean Ann Gentile.
Special gratitude is extended to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart and Dr. Louis D. DeNaples Jr.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society and the Hospice of the Sacred Heart.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10 AM in St. Gregory’s Church, North Abington Road in Clarks Green. Entombment with military honors will follow in the Cathedral Cemetery in Scranton. Friends may call in the church Monday evening from 4-7 PM.