We will all miss Uncle Joe, especially his sense of humor. He always had a joke for us and told us how much he enjoyed our phone calls.
Gopi and Keshi keep referring to him as their uncle the "pirate" because of his eye patch and thought it was the coolest thing ever to have a pirate for an uncle!
I know you will miss him and we will too.
Patti, Jay, Gopi, Keshi Dugan-Henriksen
Dear Helen, Barry, Angela, Sheila and family,
I was so saddened to hear that Uncle Joe has passed away. My parents said a little forlornly, "You probably didn't know Uncle Joe all that well," and they are right in one sense, but I've been hearing about him and your family from my mom and dad all my life. I think Uncle Joe had a gentle nature and a sharp wit. I liked to hear about the bets he and my dad would make for the Super Bowl and the "currency" they would use to pay the winner. I like that my nephew Gopi was in awe of him, because Uncle Joe wore an eyepatch, like a pirate! When I was little, like Gopi, I thought it was fascinating that my uncle had a glass eye -- how many of my friends could say that?! I remember when you guys would drive to Allentown all the way from Illinois and when we would drive out to visit you guys. Because you were all older, you were like superstars to me!
I am so happy that Ned and I were able to accompany my parents to breakfast with Uncle Joe, Helen, and Barry when they took a road trip in Barry's RV (Was that a year or so ago?). Somehow, even though Uncle Joe really couldn't see or hear that well, he still managed to keep up with our conversation and joke around. I think my mom and dad and your mom and dad were fortunate that they were such good friends; not everyone gets along with their siblings-in-law, but our family has been blessed that way.
My parents told me about Uncle Joe's internment. The weather was horribly rainy, but as he waslowered into the ground a flock of snow geese flew overhead, honking in all their glory. What a fitting goodbye for Uncle Joe.
With deepest sympathy
I was privileged to know Joe McKeone as a Father in Law and a friend. He showed me kindness and friendship from the first time I met him in 1976. In his later years he continued to be a spirited friend who loved to talk sports and stock markets. I always admired his positive outlook on life, his faith, and the positive impact that he had on everybody he knew.
To Helen, Barry, Angela , Sheila and family,
We were sad to see Joe depart.He was in a wonderful place these last years ,in the arms of his family. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Aunt Gloria and Uncle Chuck
It is hard right now to sufficiently write enough to honor to all that my father was. I will have to add another entry, so all who are reading or contributing here please come back to this site several times for the short term coming up. But to sum things up in a sentence or 2, thank you Dad for perservering with such grace and cheer, from when you were little and had to sleep in an unheated porch to your last hours. You let us all know that we were loved. And to all of his surviving in-laws, friends, nieces and nephews, cousins' children, my sisters and brother, husband Chuck, Katrina and Chris - he loved all of you and spoke caringly and admirably of all of you until these last couple of days. I just happened to be blessed to be with him to listen these last few years. Thanks Dad, Sheila Claire McKeone Parsons