Our loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother passed away April 18, 2023 at the age of 90 years. Joseph was born to George Emerson Reading and Blanche Goss Reading in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 13, 1932. He had three younger brothers that he adored. He lost his mother and baby sister at an early age and went to live at St. Anns Orphanage. He played football for Judge Memorial High School where he graduated in 1950. Joseph served in the United States Marine Corps fighting on the front lines in the Korean War. He received the Bronze Star and the Gold Star for his heroic achievements, strength and courage. He fell in love and married Joan Hazel Reich. Together they raised four children: Cathy Pankow (Jim), Helen Syndergaard (Scott), Eileen Hardcastle (Don), and Russel Reading.\n\nJoe loved the outdoors. He spent many camping adventures with his family. He shared his passion for fishing with his children. Most family pictures included a string of fish. Joseph and Joan later divorced. Joseph was a dedicated employee for Hercules for 30 years until he retired. He will be remembered for his hard work ethic. He rarely called in sick and was known to walk to work if the roads had not been plowed. He loved the family gatherings, celebrating birthdays, holidays and weddings. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his beloved brothers where he spent many weekends at the property on the Strawberry River. He loved traveling with his dear companion JoyAnn Reading, especially to the farm on North Dakota. He loved his family and their welfare was always foremost on his mind. He was a master craftsman, an avid reader, and self-taught on the banjo.\n\nHe is survived by his 4 children, his 11 grandchildren, his 19 great-grandchildren, his brothers Calvin Reading (Dottie) and Robin Reading (Jeanie). He is preceded in death by his parents, baby sister Blanche Reading, brother Richard Reading, and sister-in-law JoyAnn Reading.\n\nWe want to give a special thanks to everyone at the Legacy House in Taylorsville and everyone at Inspiration Hospice for all their care and kindness.\n\nA service will be held in his honor on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 11:00 am at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan, Utah. Family and friends may call from 10:00 – 11:00 am prior to the service.