Joseph Edward Nagy Jr., 93, Marine Corps veteran

BURGAW — Joseph Edward Nagy Jr., 93, formerly of Oceanside, California, peacefully passed from his earthly life Saturday, April 3, 2021, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

He was born March 31, 1928, in Star Junction, Pennsylvania, the son of Joe and Josephine Blastick Nagy. In addition to his parents, Joseph was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Ricky Rooks.

Joseph is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mildred Hall Nagy; sons, Joe “Monkey” Nagy, and his wife, Rhonda, and Robert Edward Nagy; daughter, Sandy Rooks; grandchildren, Tammy Wells, and her husband, Keith, Ashley Milam, and her husband, Justin, Sherrie Elixson, and her husband, Jeremy, and Christy Grider, and her husband, Jason; seven grandchildren; sister, Julia Skura; and many extended family and friends.

For 21 years and six months, Joseph served his country honorably and with dedication in the U.S. Marine Corps. He attained the rank of master sergeant and served in the Vietnam War. Having served in the U.S. Marine Corps, Joseph was a man of discipline, authority and integrity with a soft spot in his heart for birds and butterflies. He actually had several blue jays trained to land on his hand for feed and seed. Joseph also enjoyed gardening and watching all of God’s plants and vegetables grow under his green thumb.

Joseph’s passing leaves an empty place in our family circle, as he will be greatly missed. Graveside funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, April 5, at Riverview Memorial Park with full Military Honors accorded by the U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard. The Rev. Jacob Lewis will conduct the service. Following the service, the family will visit with friends at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or charity of one’s choice.

Semper fidelis.

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