Joe Earl Brackin, 79 of Hazleton passed away Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville.

He was born July 5, 1935, in Washington Township to Earl Richard and Dora Margaret (Phillips) Brackin.

Joe lived in Hazleton all of his life. He graduated from Hazleton High School in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960. He retired from Vincennes University where he was a custodian. He worked for many years at Emge Packing Company in Ft. Branch. He was a member of the Hazleton United Methodist Church, was a member of the Hazleton Masonic Lodge for many years and then the Columbia Masonic Lodge #450 in Patoka, member of the Beadle Bunch Relay for Life Team. He worked and supported the White River-Washington Township Little League in Hazleton and the American Legion Post 25 Baseball team. He was an avid sports fan, following his grandchildren in their activities and enjoyed just spending time with them. He was an I.U. Basketball fan, St. Louis Cardinal Baseball fan and a Princeton Tiger fan. He was instrumental in gathering information on Hazleton High School sports for a recently published book on Gibson County Sports. 

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty (Beadle) Brackin of Hazleton; 5 daughters, Paula (Jeff) Pinkstaff of Wheeling; Pamela (Paul) Duncan of Evansville;, Kyela Jones of Vincennes; Karla (Tracy) Hurst of Francisco and Marla (Greg) Rollo of McCordsville, IN; 6 grandchildren, Paige and Shelby Pinkstaff, Bre and Brock Jones, Matthew and Emily Rollo, several great and great-great nieces and nephews, including special great nieces and nephews, Nick Miller, Erin Williams, Karis and Luke Miller, and special great-great nephews, Peyton and Nash Miller. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Earl Brackin and Dora Margaret Benepe and son-in-law, Kelly Jones. 

Funeral services will be 6 p.m. CST Saturday Feb. 7, 2014 at the Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton with Rev. Mike Tarner officiating. Visitation will be from 1 until 6 p.m. CST Saturday at the funeral home. Burial of his cremated remains will take place at a later date with a military graveside service by Retired Military Veterans.