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Joseph Samuel "Joe" Pancake II, 83, of Romney died peacefully at Hampshire Center on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. He was born Sept. 14, 1934, in Cumberland.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, John Inskeep Pancake and Rose Bell Fretwell Pancake, and a sister, Mary Rose Hicks and her husband, Bill.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Robin Leckie Pancake of Romney; three sons, J. Samuel "Sam" Pancake III of Los Angeles, Calif., J. Michael Pancake of Romney, and James Pancake (wife, Carrie) of Pittsburgh, Pa.; three daughters, Ann S. Pancake of Seattle, Wash., M. Catherine Pancake and partner, Miriam Stewart of Philadelphia, Pa., and Laura S. Pancake (husband, Robert Toggenburger) of Tarzana, Calif.; two brothers, John W. Pancake of Romney and Richard W. Pancake (wife, Linda) of Staunton, Va.; one sister, Betty Williams (husband, Renick) of Moorefield, W.Va.; seven grandchildren, Joseph "Mikey," Andrew, and Eva Pancake, Jack, Nick and Julia Toggenburger, and Eliana Stewart Pancake. Joe is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Joe was raised in Romney and graduated with the Class of 1952 from Romney High School. He then attended Potomac State in Keyser, soon transferring to West Virginia University, graduating in 1957. Joe served six months in the U.S. Army and also joined the Army Reserves. Before going to Seminary School, he worked a couple of years farming with his Uncle Sam, then on to Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. During his three years there, he met and married Robin in June of 1961, and they soon started their family. Joe served two Presbyterian churches in Hopewell, Va., and a Presbyterian church in Summersville, W.Va. before returning home to stay at Mill Meadow in Romney.
Joe's career was that of a minister and social worker serving his community and the State of West Virginia through the Department of Mental Health. All over the State of West Virginia, he would look for those who most desperately needed help and do his best to be certain they received it. In the mid 1990s he retired as director of admissions from Potomac Center and was highly instrumental in bringing the Center to Romney. Joe never lost his sense of helping those in need. He also served his community as a member of the Romney Lions Club, 4-H Club and served on the School Board.
Anyone who knew Joe, knew that taking direction from others was not one of his strong suits. He had definite ideas, opinions and thoughts and seldom wavered. Some might go so far as to describe Joe as cantankerous, yet loving (even if digging was required). He did have a pretty good, albeit dry, sense of humor and his work as a pastor and social worker truly defined his character. Joe had a passion for the outdoors, be it walking, hunting, cutting wood - anything that took him outside. As time marched on and physical limitations developed, his love of history and reading occupied many hours. He will be remembered as a character's character and missed in Hampshire County.
The family would like to extend a warm, heartfelt "thank you" to the entire staff at Hampshire Center for their loving care to Joe for the last number of years.
Friends will be received on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney.
Interment will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Indian Mound Cemetery with memorial services following at 11 a.m. at Romney Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Romney Food Pantry, 49 N. High St., Romney, WV 26757 - or - Erin Michele Pancake Memorial Fund, c/o Hampshire County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 40, Romney, WV 26757.
Inquiries may be directed to Shaffer Funeral Home at 304-822-3511.
Published on January 27, 2018
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