Joseph L. Lockard, 90, of Harrisburg, Pa., died at his home, Nov. 2, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Williamsport, Pa., Oct. 30, 1922. He was the son of George and Dorothy Lockard. He was the first of three children, Ethel Morehart and Daniel Lockard, both of whom preceded him in death.
After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Hawaii and was distinguished as the radar operator who gave the early warning of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Joseph was also preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Pauline E. (Seidel) Lockard and also two beloved grandchildren, Christopher J. Wenzel and Lynsi Jade (Lockard) Yanochko.
He is survived by three children, Michelle D. Wenzel (Raymond) of Williamsport, Pa., Joseph L. Lockard II, (Marci) of Conyngham, Pa., Paul S. Lockard (Cerie) of Manheim, Pa. as well as five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Joseph was a draftsman and inventor and worked for Sylvania, Litton, GTE and retired from AMP in Harrisburg on March 1, 1986, as Principal Project Manager and Development Engineer with more than 35 patents to his name. He was an artist, a poet, and a historian and loved telling stories, and his family loved to hear them.
There will be a memorial for family and friends on Nov. 17, 2012, 4 p.m. at Zimmerman-Auer Funeral Home, Inc., 4100 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109. There will be visitation with the family 1 hour before the service at 3 p.m.