Joel H. McElwee

Died: Sat., Jul. 1, 2017


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Jul. 13, 2017
Location: Swart & Wolfe Funeral Home

Memorial Service

7:00 PM Thu., Jul. 13, 2017
Location: Swart & Wolfe Funeral Home

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McElwee, Joel H., age 38 of Franklin, passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at the Atrium Medical Center. He was born on October 7, 1978 in Dayton. Joel was an IT Professional for over 20 years and is currently employed by Premier Health Partners. He graduated from Valley View High School Class of 1997, and Sinclair with a degree in Fine Arts; he was a member of 4-H and was on the Ohio State Poultry Judging Team. Joel also enjoyed being involved with many car clubs including being the Past President of Scikotics and was passionately involved with Horrorhound/Cosplay Convention Groups. Preceded in death by his maternal grandparents William & Alma O’Brien, paternal grandparents Howard L. & Elizabeth A. “Libby” McElwee and Joyce Atkinson. He is survived by his loving wife Sarah (Estepp) McElwee, parents Daniel H. & Patricia (O’Brien) McElwee, son John Matthew Sparks, his sister Joy Focht (James), 2 nephews  Owen & Charles Focht, niece Ava Focht, mother-in-law Lisa Sherman (Mark), father-in-law Steven Estepp (Gerri), aunt Anne Tully (Kirby), uncle Dave McElwee (Christi), cousin Shauna Ord (Sean), best friend Rob Johnson, 3 fur babies Letty, Diesel & Casper, as well as other family members and many friends. A memorial services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at the SWART & WOLFE FUNERAL HOME, West Carrollton. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service on Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Chihuahua Rescue & Transport, Inc. Midwest Region, CRT P O Box 2844, Durham, NC 27715 in Joel's memory.

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Chris Creech
   Posted Wed July 05, 2017
Hard to believe this has happened. I first met Joel several years ago at Horrorhound as I looked up and this bigger than life Jason Voorhees was looking at me. He stood and took picture after picture with anyone who wanted one.

I always looked forward to what he would be bringing to the next Horrorhound.

There will forever be a hole in the Horrorhound family.

Rest in Peace Joel.

To the family,
I express my deepest condolences.

Anita Winkler
   Posted Thu July 06, 2017
Dear McElwee family,
Words can't express how saddened I am to hear of Joel's passing. I couldn't have had a better neighbor and I will definitely miss him. I pray that God gives you comfort during this very difficult time. Sarah and Jon, I am right next door if you need anything.

Anita Winkler

Nick and Marie Jones of Huber Heights, Oh
   Posted Sun July 09, 2017
Dan, Pat and Joy, so sorry to hear about Joel. He was a very talent young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

Mike & Sue Koverman
   Posted Tue July 11, 2017
Dear McElwee family. We are so saddened to learn of joel's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time.

Mike & Sue Koverman

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