Joseph Samuel “Joe” Pancake II, 83, died peacefully at Hampshire Center on Saturday, January 20, 2018. He was born September 14, 1934 in Cumberland, MD.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; John Inskeep Pancake and Rose Bell Fretwell Pancake, and a sister Mary Rose Hicks and her husband Bill.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Robin Leckie Pancake of Romney, (3) sons; J. Samuel “Sam” Pancake III of Los Angeles, CA., J. Michael Pancake of Romney and James Pancake (wife Carrie) of Pittsburgh, PA., (3) daughters; Ann S. Pancake of Seattle, WA., M. Catherine Pancake and partner Miriam Stewart of Philadelphia, PA. and Laura S. Pancake (husband Robert Toggenburger) of Tarzana, CA., (2) brothers; John W. Pancake of Romney and Richard W. Pancake (wife Linda) of Staunton, VA., (1) sister; Betty Williams (husband Renick) of Moorefield, WV., (7) grandchildren; Joseph “Mikey”, Andrew and Eva Pancake, Jack, Nick and Julia Toggenburger and Eliana Stewart Pancake. Joe is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Joe was raised in Romney and graduated with the class of 1952 from Romney High School. He then attended Potomac State in Keyser, soon transferring to West Virginia University, graduating in 1957. Joe served 6 months in the U.S. Army and also joined the Army Reserves. Before going to Seminary School, he worked a couple of years, farming, with his uncle Sam, then on to Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA. During his 3 years there, he met and married Robin in June of 1961 and they soon started their family. Joe served (2) Presbyterian churches in Hopewell, VA and a Presbyterian church in Summersville, WV before returning home, to stay, at Mill Meadow in Romney.
Joe’s career was that of a Minister and Social Worker serving his community and the State of WV thru the Department of Mental Health. All over the State of WV he would look for those who most desperately needed help and do his best to be certain they received it. In the mid 90’s he retired as Director of Admissions from Potomac Center and was highly instrumental in bringing the Center to Romney. Joe never lost his sense of helping those in need. He also served his community as a member of the Romney Lions Club, 4-H Club and served on the School Board.
Anyone who knew Joe knew that taking direction from others was not one of his strong suits. He had definite ideas, opinions and thoughts and seldom wavered. Some might go so far as to describe Joe as cantankerous, yet loving (even if digging was required). He did have a pretty good, albeit dry, sense of humor and his work as a Pastor and Social worker truly defined his character. Joe had a passion for the outdoors, be it walking, hunting, cutting wood – anything that took him outside. As time marched on and physical limitations developed, his love of history and reading occupied many hours. He will be remembered as a character’s character and missed in Hampshire County.
The family would like to extend a warm, heartfelt “thank you” to the entire staff at Hampshire Center for their loving care to Joe for the last number of years.
Friends will be received on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 5 to 8PM at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney. Interment will be at 10:30 on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Indian Mound Cemetery with Memorial Services following at 11AM at the Romney Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Romney Food Pantry, 49 N. High St., Romney, WV 26757 – or – Erin Michele Pancake Memorial Fund, C/O Hampshire County Community Foundation, PO Box 40, Romney, WV 26757
Inquiries may be directed to Shaffer Funeral Home; 304-822-3511