NITKA, Joseph M. 6/14/1930-9/6/2018 was born in Philadelphia, PA, the youngest of four. "Papa Joe" joined the Air Force in 1950, retiring at Davis Monthan AFB in 1978 after serving 28 years. Joe then served as a maintenance supervisor at the VA Hospital here another 18 years. Preceded in death by his wife and companion of 64 years, Betty W. Nitka, son John Nitka (Mary-Ann), daughter-in-law Bonny Bock Nitka, stepdaughters Lisa Davis Bunch (Gary) and Lora Davis, brother Alfred Nitka and sisters Claire Siburkis and Laura Nitka. Joseph enjoyed walking in the Randolph Park pool three times a week, working security at U of A games, and treating family and friends to meals out. Survived by stepson, Russell Davis (Shirley) of College Park, GA, sons, Michael Nitka (Heidi) of Tucson, Dr. James Nitka (Melanie) of Greensboro, NC, Paul Nitka (Gigi) and Larry Nitka (Shawnda) of Tucson, 13 grandchildren, several great- and great-great grandchildren and other family members. Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, September 29th at 10 am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Tucson. Reception to follow at Parish Hall.