Joseph A. DeCarlo of Gowanda, who built and remodeled homes in the Gowanda area, died Monday in Gowanda Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. He was 86.
Born in Uniontown, Pa., one of 12 children, he served in the Merchant Marine and the Coast Guard during World War II, sailing aboard the supply ship SS Cape Elizabeth.
He worked for 30 years as a pipefitter at Ford Motor Co.'s Buffalo Stamping Plant in the Town of Hamburg, retiring in 1981.
A jack-of-all-trades handyman, he enjoyed doing carpentry, plumbing, electrical work and bricklaying. Among the homes he worked on in Gowanda were the Red Manor Apartments on Aldrich Street Extension, a pair of four-unit buildings constructed in 1972.
He was a member of Local 897, United Auto Workers; Gowanda Post 409, American Legion; and St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Gowanda.
Surviving are his wife of 59 years, the former Helen Mikluscak Fedor; four sons, William Fedor, Dale, Leonard and James; and a sister, Donota Neri.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph's Church, Main Street and Erie Avenue, Gowanda.