Donald William JOSIF

November 3, 1940July 17, 2021

I replied once already, but it bounced back as the file I attached was too large. I'm going to send you a couple of emails to make sure everything goes through. Below is the wording we would like to use for the obituary. We are open to suggestions, however, if you see anything you would recommend changing.

Donald William Josif, 90, of La Grange, KY, passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021. He was born November 3, 1930, in Moulmein Burma, the son of missionaries George and Esther Josif. Following high school in Granville, Ohio, Don served in the US Navy, graduated with a Masters degree from Ohio State, and earned a PhD in Geography from UCLA, where he met his wife of 30 years, Bethann Palmer. As a geography professor, he taught at several universities before settling in Naperville, IL, to work for the US Environmental Protection Agency. After retirement, he moved to Abingdon, VA, where Bethann passed away in 2001. Don met his second wife, Joan, at The Abingdon Arts Depot, where both were regular contributors. He spent his final years in Kentucky near his daughter, Nancy, and three grandchildren. Don loved to travel and explore the backroads. He was a talented photographer, using 35-mm color slide film to capture his geographic and artistic instincts. Most of all, he was an avid storyteller, sharing his photos and adventures with all who would listen. Preceding him in death were his first wife, Bethann Josif, second wife, Joan Hoffman-Josif, and siblings, Harold Josif, Emily Bristah, and Paul Josif. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Williams, and her husband Tim; grandchildren, Ethan, Alexandra, and Dean Williams. Memorials contributions can be made to the Abingdon Arts Depot ( A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at a later date.


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Donald William JOSIF

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Laura Harp

July 21, 2021

We never met, however I enjoyed the pen/pic pal relationship.

The first one he sent says " To Ms_____. Anybody who can save me $2.50 by telling me about the credit card charge, deserves at least a pretty picture. Possibly suitable for desk - or take home! Battle Harbour (spelled in Canadian because it's in Labrdor). Sept 2000"

Letter dated Aug. 18, 2015
Received two additional ones over the years. I appreciate my pictures everyday.
Sorry for your loss!

Amy Horrar

July 20, 2021

I took care of Don from the time he came to FS up until his passing. He used to come to the hall I worked on & sat with me for hours, just chatting about how his week was & how things were going. He was such a sweet, caring man. Very knowledgeable. I will forever miss him. He had & always will have a very special place in my heart. Rest in peace Don. Love & miss you always, your favorite nurse!

Lakken Miller

July 19, 2021

My name is Lakken Miller. I took care of Mr. Josif for a long time. He always meant so much to me. I left before Covid and was hoping to go back and visit with him. I loved sitting and listening to him tell stories. One of our favorite things to talk about were cats! One of my favorite memories with him is bringing in a kitten for him to see. It brought us both so much joy! I’m so sorry for your loss.