Published in The Joplin
Globe from 4/1/2009 - 4/3/2009
Joe was a wonderful
and kind humanitarian. He was born in Carteret, N.J. During World War
II, he proudly served his country in the Navy.
In his 20s, Joe had aspirations of being a professional baseball player.
This is when he changed his last name from Czerpaniak to Paniak because
it was too long to fit on his baseball jersey. He played semi pro ball
until he blew out his shoulder and ended his career as a pitcher.
Joe was a small business owner for over 50 years in Joplin. He believed
in doing business on a handshake and to him your word was as good as gold.
In 1961, he became a mom and dad to his five year old daughter, whom he
raised single handedly. He is survived by his daughter, Deborah Paniak,
Joplin; and a grandson, Joseph Tanner Moore, Kansas City. No services
Namaste' Pa Online condolences may be made at parkermortuary.com