Joseph Gant entered life eternal on Friday, January 15th, 2021. While he will be ushered to glory to be with his mother, father and sisters, and a host of family and friends he lost along the journey, his spirit will continue to be carried by his Earthly family: his wife of 22 years Phyllis (Brown) Gant, his four children Marqus Gant, Torie Kindschy Jackson (David), Darrell Kindschy III, Felicia Kindschy, his two surviving brothers Melvin Wright, and Gary Gant, seven grandchildren, one great grand-daughter and an extended family of relations and friends from all walks of life.
"Joe" as he was affectionately called by those who loved and befriended him was born to the late Charles Gant and the late Ellatha Boseman on September 6th, 1955 in New Jersey before relocating to Burlington, NC shortly thereafter. He graduated from his Alma Mater (Walter Williams High School) in 1974 followed by receiving his Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice, where he desired to protect his community by becoming a police officer. He dreamed even bigger and raised the bar by serving his country, enlisting in the United States Navy in 1976. While in the Navy, he became a basketball aficionado, playing in local naval and overseas tournaments, gaining popularity amongst his crew mates and even catching the attention of a few talent agents. In 1983, he welcomed his one and only son, Marqus to the world. Aside from his military and educational backgrounds, he was excited to be a father, shouting from the rafters how "he had a son!!"
Joe relocated to Ohio in 1994 and met the love of his life, Phyllis in 1996. Joe spent the remaining years of his glorious life living in Van Wert, Ohio.
Please join us in honoring the life of Joseph Gant on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S. Washington Street, Van Wert, Ohio, where a celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 PM. Friends and family may also visit from 11:00AM until the time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Flowers are welcome or if desired contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society.
Although friends and family are invited to attend Joe's celebration of life, we continue to be cautious and concerned for those who are most vulnerable, the elderly and those with serious health issues. We strongly urge everyone to remain vigilant and to respect the well-being of family members and friends. Attendees are required to observe social distancing, refrain from close physical contact, and wear facial coverings as required by state mandate.
There will be a live-stream of Joe's celebration available at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at www.alspachgearhart.com/obituary/Joseph-Gant.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.
Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to assist the Gant family with arrangements.