WAYNE, NJ - Joseph “Joe” Yurga, husband, father, son and brother, was also the Sons of the American Legion Commander for Post 174 in Wayne as well as serving as an American Legion County Department Executive Committeeman, and on the state-level served as Detachment Vice-Commander for the Sons of the American Legion.

“Joe always stepped up immensely to do whatever he could do, to not only help veterans, but to help the community as well,” said American Legion Passaic County Commander, John Swank. “He was respected so much that at his service on Sunday, the Sons of the American Legion at Post Level, County Level and State Level will be honoring him with the color guard, rifles, the playing of taps, everything.  It’s not something we do for everyone, but Joe was very deserving of the way we plan to honor him.”

A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, September 29 at Gaita Funeral Home in Little Falls from 1pm – 4pm, with the special service performed by the Sons of the American Legion beginning at 3pm. 

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After this, Joe’s family will be escorted by members of the New Jersey chapter of the Blue Knights, a nationwide law enforcement motorcycle club, along with members of the Fourth Watch Motorcycle Club to Post 174 in Wayne for a celebration of life.

“Over the last few days, we’ve attended a few rider events and at these events, I’ve had an outpouring of many, many, many other riding organizations giving their condolences on behalf of their organizations to our organizations and the loss of one of our brothers,” said Swank.  “The motorcycle world is a very tight brotherhood.  The outpouring of respect has been overwhelming from everyone.”

September 16th was the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the American legion and TAPinto Wayne published an article detailing the many services that Post 174 in Wayne provides for our town. As Commander of the Sons of the American legion, Joe was a large contributor and an integral part of many of the fundraising events held by the Post.

Joe is survived by his loving wife, Melissa, his two cherished sons, Joseph and Jesse, his mother, Carol, and his brother, John. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Children's Organ Transplant Association (C.O.T.A.) in memory of Joseph Yurga (American Legion Post 174). https://cota.org/give/about-contributions  or 2501 West COTA Drive Bloomington, IN 47403.