Joseph M. Yanek, 75, of Burgettstown, passed away Thursday afternoon March 10, 2022 in the Select Specialty Hospital, Weirton, WV.
He was born on September 23, 1946 son of the late Charles and Angeline Patterson Yanek.
After graduating from the Union High School, Burgettstown in 1965 he enlisted in the United States Army on December 16, 1965 completing basic training at Fort Gordon, GA. He volunteered for Paratroop Duty with advanced individual training at Fort Benning Jump School. He proudly served in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne "Screaming Eagles" Paratroopers. He was pictured in the national publication of LOOK Magazine with General William Westmoreland, United States commander and military advisor in South Vietnam. He was honorably discharged with the rank of SP4 (T) on December 15, 1967 a recipient of the Parachute Badge, National Defense Service Medal, and the Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals.
Along with his beloved wife Pattie Yacoviello Yanek who he married on August 19, 1978, he was the owner of Cowboys Bar and Restaurant in Burgettstown since 1982.
Surviving in addition to his wife is his son Bobby Thiel and companion Robin of Burgettstown; his granddaughter Jenna Thiel; sister Janice Yanek Ball; brother Carl Yanek and wife Sissy; and nephews Jimmy Yanek and wife Shelly, Eric Yanek, and Carl Yanek, Jr. and wife Kellie.
To honor Joey's wishes, there will be no public visitation and a service celebrating his life will be held privately.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown, PA 15021.
Those wishing to remember Mr. Yanek in a special way can make a memorial donation in his honor to Vietnam Veterans of America.