Joseph Neil Ayre, Jr., 37, of Avella passed away Wednesday December 21, 2022 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born September 27, 1985 in Washington a son of Joseph Neil, Sr. and Wendy Turner Ayre who live in Avella.
Joey enjoyed collecting baseball cards, was a Steelers fan, Ultimate Fighter fan, loved his dogs Thor and Buster, loved all music and especially loved his niece and nephews.
He was a graduate of Avella High School in 2004, played football, wrested and baseball and was his class homecoming king.
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History from California University of Pennsylvania where he was a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity.
Shield Energy Services employed him as an Oil and Gas Operator.
Surviving in addition to his parents is his fiancé Lauren Bowman with whom he made his home, a sister Cassandra Ayre of Avella and a brother James (Dana) Gatewood also of Avella. Also surviving is a niece Gracyn Gatewood and two nephews Hayden and Gavin Gatewood, ahis maternal grandmother Sandra Bogochenko, many aunts and uncles and his mother law to be Pam Natoli of Washington.
Deceased are his maternal grandfather Thomas Bogochenko and his paternal grandparents Neil Ayre and Connie Siebel.
Friends will be received from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday December 27, 2022 in Dale D. DeAngelo Funeral Home at 1290 Jefferson Avenue in Washington where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday December 28, 2022 with Rev. Philip Amaismeier officiating. Interment will be held at a later date in North Buffalo Cemetery.