Joseph Edward Oblen, 87, of Kingston, passed away peacefully Monday, March 8, 2021, at his home.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Mary Ellis and Charles Oblen.
After graduating from Dallas Twp. High School in 1951, Joe joined the United States Army, where he was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division.
Joe had a proud, decades-long career as an officer and desk sergeant with the Kingston Police Department until 1989. In his retirement, he was the proprietor of Oblen Antiques, Kingston.
At the time of his passing, Joe was an active and devout member of St. Therese’s Catholic Church, Shavertown.
Joe was a man of faith and family, and the memories of his kind soul and unyielding love will be forever cherished. We will miss you Papa Joe, G-pa, Grandpa, Dad.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marion Walcheski Oblen; his brothers, Edward and Charles (Tex); and his sisters, Marie Naperkoski and Cecelia (Ceil) Backof.
Joe is survived by his children, Marlene Knappman and her husband, Richard, Trucksville; and Ronald Oblen and his wife, Marjorie, Leonardtown, Md.; his special lady, Beverly Cushner, Shavertown; five grandchildren, Marina (and Kristofer) Harrison; Erika (and Robert) Cooley; Randolph Knappman; Nicholas (and Raechel) Oblen; and Anthony Oblen; six great-grandchildren, Markayla, Delaney and Gavan Harrison; Cu Joseph and Laken Cooley; and Hudson Knappman; and nieces and nephews.