Joseph J. Bischoff Sr., 88, a former master plumber in Philadelphia, died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at his home in Brigantine.
In July, he hosted a family reunion at the Brigantine Elks Lodge for more than 150 relatives and friends, Kathleen Bischoff, a daughter-in-law, said.
Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Bischoff served on landing craft in the Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, and Iwo Jima campaigns in World War II, rising to the rank of chief boatswain's mate.
He was a member of Philadelphia Plumbers Local 690 for more than 40 years.
Mr. Bischoff was a member of St. Bridget parish in the city's East Falls neighborhood and of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Brigantine. He was a member of the Elks.