|Joseph P. Kieras
May 6, 1944 - January 14, 2016
Joseph Patrick Kieras, age 71, of Culver, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2016, surrounded
Joe was born in Hammond, Indiana, at St. Margaret's Hospital, to the late Joseph and Helen Kieras. Joe
graduated from Hammond Tech and was then drafted into the United States Army, during which he served
overseas in the Vietnam War, and from which he received an Honorable Discharge in 1971. After his
service, Joe became an accomplished tile layer and contractor, whose work still stands the test of time.
Joe was a loving and devoted brother, doting uncle, and steadfast friend, a man of unbounded generosity,
strength, and tenacity.
An avid and skilled fisherman, Joe knew fishing holes that surprised even the most wary of fish, and he
enjoyed a good day spent mushrooming. From hunting to gardening to wood chopping, he was a true
outdoorsman, and the birds and squirrels were always well fed. Joe canned a mean pickle, and his delicious
jerky had a rabid following far beyond Culver.
Joe is survived by his loving sister Maribeth Parton and brother Frederick Kieras (and their spouses). Joe is
also survived by his nephews and nieces: David Cichon, John Cichon, Laura Semko, and Joy Helen Kieras.
A memorial gathering will be held at the Odom Funeral Home in Culver on Wednesday, January 20, 2016
from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Burial will follow at the Culver Masonic Cemetery. Friends and family are invited
to celebrate Joe's life immediately following at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Culver.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Joe's name to either VNA Hospice Center of
Valparaiso or Porter County Animal Shelter in Valparaiso.