Joseph F. “Joe” Ailes, age 85 years of Delta, PA died at York Hospital in York, PA at 2:05 p.m. on Friday, December 4, 2020. He was the husband of M. Lois (Harrington) Ailes with whom he celebrated 64 years of marriage on September 2, 2020.
Born on January 8, 1935, at the Ailes Farm, Delta where he lived his entire life, he was the youngest of six children born to Edwin Hollingsworth and Pauline C. (Smith) Ailes. Joe served as a general supervisor of outside labor during the construction of the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Delta following his five years working as a carpenter building homes in Harford County, MD. He also raised and trained quarter-horses for showing. By necessity, Joe learned the art of horse-shoeing and turned it into a part-time business, his services being provided at night and on Saturdays. For 28 years he worked for Peach Bottom Township and also served as township supervisor for 30 years. In 1982, Joe was instrumental in obtaining HUD grants to pave the roads in Susquehanna Trails located in the township.
His farm life brought him the most enjoyment. He raised and bred various kinds of animals over the years including the aforementioned quarter-horses and beef cattle. Joe liked to hunt and fish. He enjoyed going to the local produce auctions and socializing with everyone there. Spending time with his family and telling them stories to make them laugh brought him great pleasure. Joe always had a story to tell.
In addition to his wife, Joe is survived by
Ed Ailes and his wife, Denise
Lisa Erickson and her husband, Roland
Dena Harrington and her husband, Howie
His brother, Bill Ailes
Also, six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Jane Williams, Mildred Stewart, Isabel Cline, and Edwin Ailes.
Due to COVID-19, there will be no services held at this time.