Josef Armand Horter, 63, of Charleston, WV, passed away on January 17, 2024.
Joe was born in Wheeling, WV, on April 28, 1960, to Julie and Charles “Bud” Horter. Julie, Bud, Joe, and his brothers spent time in several states across the U.S. before settling back in the Mountain State, Fairmont, WV. After graduating from East Fairmont High School in 1978, Joe enrolled at West Virginia University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Post undergrad, Joe went on to complete his Juris Doctorate degree at Ohio Northern University in 1985. Joe was a 38-year member of the West Virginia State Bar and he worked as an attorney in Charleston, WV, for the vast majority of his career.
In 2002, Joe was set up on a blind date that changed everything. All he knew was that he was “looking for a woman in scrubs.” It was this date where he met his future wife, Monica, and they wed later that year. Joe and Monica shared a love of exploring the Mountain State on bike, camping, and fostering or adopting many dogs looking for homes.
Joe’s family meant more to him than anything else in the world, something he often mentioned. Joe looked forward to their annual beach trip to Oak Island, NC, where he could be found with his toes in the sand, reading for hours and watching the waves crash. Joe was an amazing “Grandpa” to two wonderful boys, Winston and Simon. Grandpa’s house was constantly filled with the pitter patter of running and joyous laughs — particularly Joe’s booming laugh while chasing the boys from room to room.
Joe was a mountaineer in the truest sense. He was a passionate model railroader and devoted a great deal of time to the hobby when he wasn’t working on projects around the house. Joe had served as Secretary of the Kanawha Valley Railroad Association for longer than anyone can remember. Every year, Joe would spend months planning and coordinating the Kanawha Valley’s Model Train and Craft Show. Joe was also a Cub Scout leader for both of his sons and has always loved sharing stories and memories from those experiences. As an avid woodworker, Joe used his skills to help the community, once building stairs for the local elementary school. On weekends, you could find Joe cheering on his Mountaineers, or his favorite baseball team, the Boston Red Sox. Anyone who knew Joe knew that he was the most loving son, husband, and father a family could ask for.
Joe was predeceased by his father, Bud.
He is survived by his wife, Monica; mother, Julie; brothers, Curt, Lou, and Ben; sons, Matt and Lane; stepdaughter, Katey; grandsons, Winston and Simon; daughter-in-law, Sarah; and son-in-law, Adam.
The family requests that all flowers and notes be sent to Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home at 1118 Virginia Street East, Charleston, WV 25301.
Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 25, 2024, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, WV. A private burial will follow.
Visitation will begin one hour prior at the funeral home.
Condolences may be set to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.