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Joseph Edward Gleason

Joseph Edward Gleason
  • December 28, 1935 - October 25, 2020
  • North Charleston, South Carolina

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“We will miss you very much, Joe. ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Joe Gowaskie - Bristol, PA

“Joe, You told wonderful stories from all of your life experiences, and we enjoyed being in your company for many years.It was an honor to know you...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Frank and Beverly Amoroso - SC

“Uncle Joe was one of a kind. He lived with us for several years in philly. He was my godfather who taught me the likes of fast cars and wild rides at...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Jody Gleason - Philadelphia, PA

“ sorry to hear of Joey's passing. Glad we got to celebrate his birthday last December. Love you, Debbie, Bill, Kelly, Sean and Kristen ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Debbie Butler - Langhorne, PA

“I have served in CAP with LtCol Joe Gleason, AKA Major Gator, since 2006. He was a friend and mentor of many. Col. Gleason is legend in the South...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Steve Hyland - MOUNT PLEASANT, SC

“I have very special memories in Charleston with my Uncle Joe. He was a very devoted husband to my Aunt Dolores. I will always remember helping him...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Jennifer Bales - Marion, VA

“We will miss Joe very much. He was always in attendance at our family celebrations and devoted to Dolores and Regina. We are glad our children got to...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Harry Dean - Marion, VA - Family


BTC Joseph Edward Gleason, US Navy (Ret.), 84, of Charleston, SC, widower of Dolores Dean Gleason, entered into eternal rest Sunday, October 25, 2020. According to his wishes, cremation has taken place. His inurnment will be held at 10:00am, November 16, 2020 at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery, in Newtown, PA.

Joe was born December 28, 1935 in Bristol, Pennsylvania, son of the late Harry Gleason and Ruth C. Peterson Gleason. He faithfully served his country in the United States Navy for 20 years until his retirement. After his Navy retirement, Joe worked as a Boiler Technician in the Civil Service until his 2nd retirement in 2005.

Joe's love of aeronautics and planes moved him to earn his Private Pilot's license in the early 70's. He served for many years in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and gained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He received several awards for his life-saving rescue efforts and greatly enjoyed the fellowship and camaraderie of his fellow CAP members.

Joe is survived by his step-sons, Gary "Rick" Cullop (Susan) of Martinsburg, WV and Barry Cullop (Patty) of New Windsor, MD; grandchildren, Richard Cullop (Jennifer) of Columbia, SC, Patrick Cullop (Lindsay) of Monrovia, MD, Thomas Cullop of Baltimore, MD and David Cullop of Charleston, SC; great-grandchildren, Evelyn, Henry, Charlotte and Vincent Cullop; niece, Jody Gleason of Philadelphia, PA; nephew, Greg Gleason of Bristol, MD; many cherished cousins, relatives and his close friend and companion, Regina McHugh.

Joe was a great comfort and support to his wife Dolores in her final days. In time, Regina gave Joe loving care and support in his last days. The family will always remember Joe and Regina for their kindness and devotion.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.