Joseph M. Gebo, age 60, passed away peacefully from cancer on Sunday, July 17, 2022, at his home in Cottonwood, Arizona. He was diagnosed in September 2021, and he fought hard through chemo and radiation treatments.
Joe was born in Whitehall, New York, on Dec. 10, 1961, to Francis (Duker) and Lorayne (Wescott) Gebo.
After graduating from Whitehall Junior/Senior High School in 1980, he joined the Army National Guard. He became a New York State correction officer at Great Meadow Correctional Facility, later becoming a training officer. He also was a photographer and tour guide.
Joe retired in 2013, and he and his wife Kate Gebo moved to Cottonwood. Out there Joe continued to enjoy being outdoors and going on adventures. He worked as a sightseeing tour guide and loved sharing his passion with others. Joe loved a variety of activities such as kayaking, hiking, photography, feeding hummingbirds, baking and so much more.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents and a great-grandson Luke Andrew (Zoe).
He is survived by his wife Kathleen (Bethel) Gebo; his daughters Heather (Gebo) Pauquette (Lou) and Sarah Gebo (Jeremy Narduzzo); his sister Lori (Gebo) Lamphere (Michael); his brother Kevin Gebo (Susan); five granddaughters Payton Pauquette, Zoe Pauquette, Claire Narduzzo, Kayla Denny and Leah Pauquette; one great-grandson Wesley Joseph Scotch; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be a military service at the Saratoga National Cemetery for family. There also will be a Celebration of Life at which people can share stories about Joe. Information on that will be posted at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a basket party will be held at PK Hill on Saturday, Aug. 20, for anyone wishing to donate/make a basket.