Joseph William Bland passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 17th, 2021 at Dublin Methodist Hospital. Joe was 57 years old. He was born a wild child to whom his mother lovingly referred as “into, onto, and underneath”. He grew up in Columbus and graduated from Westland High School in 1981, and he kept that wild child spirit into his 20’s, when he became a husband and father and devoted his life to his family. In 1999, Joe graduated from Columbus State Community College with an Associate’s degree, an accomplishment he was immensely proud of. He worked at Verizon Wireless for the majority of his adult life.
Joe was a loyal partner and a warm, silly, loving dad. He gave strong hugs and made the best big Sunday breakfasts. He loved to cook and to be outdoors hiking, camping, and fishing. Joe dreamed of being a park ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains. He was an avid reader, a trait he passed down to both of his daughters- as well as a horror movie buff. The greatest joys of his life were his grandchildren, who couldn’t have asked for a better “Grandpa Joe”.
Joe is survived and missed beyond words by his wife and best friend, September Bland; his oldest daughter and son-in-law, Autumn and Brandon Farmer; his youngest daughter and son-in-law, Valarie and Cory Ward; his parents, Bill and Peggy Bland; his sister and brother-in-law, Betsy and Tony Ricci; his four beloved grandchildren, Noah, Quinn, Salem, and Holly; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00p.m. WEDNESDAY at the TIDD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 5265 Norwich Street, Hilliard, OH 43026 (614)-876-1722 where his Celebration of Life Service will be held 2:00p.m. THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2021. Joe’s Celebration of Life Service will be officiated by his uncle, Patrick Livingston.
As a lasting tribute to Joe, Memorial Contributions may be made to: the National Park Foundation, Attn: Gift Processing, P.O. Box 17394, Baltimore, MD 21298-9450 or online: https://give.nationalparks.org
Please visit www.tiddfuneralserivce.com to share your favorite memories of Joe and to send your condolences to his family.