Joe was born in Towanda on March 26, 1960, the son of Francis E. Chaffee and Isola Mary Jane “Jane” Slocum Chaffee. He grew up on the Chaffee Family Farm in Sheshequin Township and was a graduate of Athens Area High School with the class of 1979. On July 3, 1982, Joe married the former Linda Lee Wright at the Hornbrook Methodist Church. Joe was a farmer, operated a stone quarry, delivered eggs for Wolf’s Poultry Farm and made many friends along the way. He drove school bus for Chambers Busing and recently worked for J. Ackley Transport. Joe served as the sexton for the Hornbrook Cemetery for many years. Joe loved motorcycles, working outside in his yard, and sowed and planted his own flowers. He loved baking for his family and friends and built many things including birdhouses, stone walls and coops for his daughter’s chickens. Joe possessed the ability to fix almost anything. Joe loved playing cards, horseshoes, talking and joking with everyone. He especially loved taking rides up his hill in his “buggy”.
His family includes his wife of 37 years, Linda Lee Wright Chaffee; daughters, Vicknia Lyn Chaffee, Vanessa Marie Bump (Mike Bussom); grandchildren, Austin S. Bump, Aubrey G. Bump and their father, Shannon A. Bump; sisters, Camilla S. “Cam” Rockwell and husband, Guy, Mary F. Bruce and husband, Charles; as well as several additional brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many good friends. Joe was predeceased by his father, Francis on March 11, 2003; mother, “Jane” on Aug. 2, 2007; and brother, James Eugene Chaffee on Nov. 24, 1966.