Joseph Banks, 87, Ada, died Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at his residence in Ada.

He was born Sept. 8, 1919 in New Philadelphia to Samuel H. and Sarah J. (Gibson) Banks who are deceased.

He married Thelma L. Banks on Jan. 3, 1943 and she died on May 28, 2006. Joe and Thelma celebrated their 63rd anniversary before Thelma's death.

Surviving is a son, Joseph Gibson Banks of New Castle upon Tyne, England; two daughters: Linda Anne (Glen) Huffman of Sugarcreek and Cynthia Jane (Michael) Casapini of Zanesville; five grandchildren: John, Maria and Alyssa Casapini and Jason and Kristen Huffman and one great grandson, Brayden Michael Lee McGuire.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Louise Banks on Jan. 18, 1996; two brothers: Matthew C. and Samuel H. Banks and a sister, Sarah E. Rausch.

Following training at the General Motors Institute and service as a Tank Instructor in The Armored Force School, Ft. Knox, Banks served as a Sergeant with the Third Army's 965th Ordnance Heavy Automotive Maintenance company in the Rhineland (Battle of the Bulge) and the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre (Phillipines). Banks had a highly successful career as teacher and coach at Ada (1946-1948); Millersburg (1948-1960); and Marlington High schools (1970-1971), and was a coach/assistant professor and athletic trainer at Ohio Northern University (1960-1967) and Geneva College (1967-1969) before returning to ONU as Associate Director of Admissions (1971-1984) and part time Admissions Associate (1985-2002).

Joe graduated from New Philadelphia's Central High School in 1937. He earned his BS in education (1941) and BA (1946) from Ohio Northern University and his ME (1954) from Kent State University. Joe and his wife resided in Fort Knox, KY; Sugarcreek, Ada, Millersburg and Alliance, Ohio; Beaver Falls, PA; and Honora Bay, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada (summers). Joe was an avid angler and sports fan. (Joe and Thelma were recognized as ONU's #1 basketball fans, even traveling to Alaska with the team). He loved entertaining, good food (especially desserts), travel, music and Honora Bay. Well known as a successful admissions counselor, coach and role model for his students, Joe's humorous/unique "sayings" were legendary, as was his devotion to family, friends, and Ohio Northern. Joe Banks lettered in track and football for Woody Hays and played clarinet at Central High. He was a member of Phi Mu Delta and the university orchestra at ONU, in addition to being a record-holder in track, a letterman in football and a Golden Gloves boxer. Banks served as Phi Mu Delta Alumni Treasurer, ONU N-Mens Association President and ONU alumni association Board Member. Joe was inducted into the ONU Athletic Hall of Fame and the Holmes County Sports Hall of fame, received the ONU Alumni association Service award, and was honored by having ONU's track & field invitational named the "Joe Banks Invitational." Banks was a member of the Lions Club, the American Legion and Grand Masonic Lodge, served as an Elder in the St. John's United Church of Christ (Millersburg) and First Presbyterian Church (Ada) and was an Ohio Track and Field official. He held professional affiliations with the Ohio and National Educational Associations, American Football Coaches Association, Ohio Track & Cross-Country Association, American Public Health Association, Ohio Association of collegiate Registrars & Admission Officers, National College Admissions Counsellors and the American Red Cross.

A funeral service celebrating his life will begin at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2007 at English Chapel on the campus of Ohio Northern University, Ada, with Chaplain Vern LaSala and Rev. Patrick Allen officiating.

A private internment will be conducted following cremation at East Lawn Cemetery, Sugarcreek.

A Memorial Service is also planned for 5 p.m. on Oct. 5, 2007, prior to the Hall of Fame banquet at Ohio Northern University, Ada.

Friends may call 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2007 at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Banks Scholarship Fund at Ohio Northern University. Flowers should be sent to Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, 311 E. Lima Ave., Ada, Ohio 45810.

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