Obituary, Joseph E. Watkins

Joseph E. Watkins, 70, of Dover Plains, New York, passed away suddenly from a cerebral hemorrhage on March 12, 2023 in Thailand. Joe was born in Newark, Ohio on October 29, 1952. He is predeceased by his parents, Thomas Watkins Sr. and Anna Chaleski Watkins. His mom, Anna, just died recently.

Joe graduated from Carmel High School in New York. He proudly served in Vietnam from December of 1970-February of 1972. He was awarded two Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart, and the Soldiers Medal for time spent in Vietnam. Joe owned and operated an Air Conditioning and Refrigeration business for many years. He loved to travel everywhere, especially to Thailand. He also enjoyed going to the shooting range with his good friends, Ian and John.

Joe is survived by his sister, Patty Watkins Pippa and her son, Randy Pippa and his wife, Elizabeth. He has two great nieces who he loved dearly, Madison and Makenzie Pippa. In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by his loving son, Christopher.

Calling hours will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at the Hufcut Funeral Home, 3159 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. For directions or to send the family an online condolence, please visit

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Author: Harlem Valley News