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Dr. Joseph Laythe, Phd.

d. March 12, 2016

Dr. Joseph W. Laythe, PhD. 50, of Edinboro, died March 12, 2016. He was born on October 3, 1965 in Spokane, Washington to Helen (Neimann) and Charles Laythe.

After attending high school in Boise, Idaho, he enrolled at Carroll College in Montana where he graduated with a BA in History. He went on to receive his MA from Portland State University and his PhD from the University of Oregon. He was, as a result, a devoted Fighting Duck!

In 1989, he married his college sweetheart, Christine Keyes. Together they had two incredible daughters, Lydia and Isabella.

Dr. Laythe’s professional career was almost exclusively at Edinboro University where he taught as a member of the Department of History, Anthropology, and World Languages. He was EUP’s Educator of the Year (2004) and Scholar of the Year (2012). He published numerous articles, three books on crime history, and a local-award winning documentary.

His greatest accomplishment, however, was his inspiration to students to explore the world and make it a better place. He was the NWPA NASW Public Citizen of the Year (2005), an Associate of Sisters of St. Joseph, and a Chicago Bear fan.

He was preceded in death by both parents and an older brother, David A. Laythe. Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Chris (Keyes) Laythe; daughters Lydia Laythe of Portland, OR and Isabella Laythe of Seattle, WA. Also surviving are sister Jeri Laythe (and Ken Chaitin) of Portland, OR; brother Tom Laythe (and Nadine Ford) of Sacramento, CA, and dozens of in-laws and nephews and nieces.

His love of life, his humor, and love for family was unparalleled. He loved laughing, making others see the folly and fun in life, and will be missed. Long before his death, he said he wanted his epitaph to read “Hell is a little cooler now.” But Heaven awaits.
Friends may call at the Glunt Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 210 Erie Street, Edinboro, on Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held Edinboro University’s Louis C. Cole Auditorium, Meadville St, Edinboro, on Sunday at  2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dr. Joseph Laythe Magical Mystery Scholarship of the Tartan Femur at Edinboro University of PA, 219 Meadville St., Edinboro, PA 16444. To send condolences please visit

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