Joseph Waldo Entrikin, retired US Navy Lt. Commander, died peacefully in his sleep April 5, 2014 at the age of 91. Born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1922 to Joseph Baily Entrikin and Letha Manning Entrikin, Joe spent most of his young years in Pennsylvania. Joe joined the military in 1942 and traveled the world with his wife, Phyllis who he was married to for 63 years. They raised a family of four children together and after traveling in the military for 22 years they chose Lynden, WA as their home in 1964. Joe was an aviator for the U.S. Navy for 20 years. He fought in the Korean War and WWII . He spent 3 years flying the Aleutians during and after World War II. Joe was involved in Operation Deep Freeze in 1955-1956 and he was the first pilot to land in the Antarctica flying from a land base and had a glacier named after him. Joe had tea with Admiral Byrd at his home in Boston. He was one of the first pilots for San Juan Airlines in Bellingham; flying from Bellingham to Friday Harbor. Joe spent 3 years as a pilot for the San Juan Airlines. In 1967, Whatcom County had one of the highest unemployment rate per capita in the country, At this time, Joe became Manager of the Whatcom County Economic Development Council and was instrumental in bringing Intalco and Atlantic Richfield into Whatcom County, during the 6 years he was involved with the council, bringing much needed jobs into the community. He then became a realtor and eventually decided to retire again. In 1983, at the age of 61, Joe & Phyllis joined the Peace Corp and spent two years living in Ecuador. Joe enjoyed playing tennis, sailing, fishing and traveling. He was always witty and charming. He enjoyed the outdoors, and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Joe became a Sea Scout in his Junior year in H.S. Joe spent many years volunteering at the Lynden Pioneer Museum. He was a long standing member of Mt. Baker Rotary. Joe taught his children honesty and one of many things he said was, "the devil always wears a hypocrite shoe and if you're not careful, he'll slip it on you!" Joe is preceded in death by his loving wife Phyllis, infant daughter, Elizabeth, and grandson, Hingava Joesph Entrikin. Joe is surived by his three sons Joe (Lisa) and grandchildren Jennawina (Alec Hughes), Ramona and Phyllis of the Solomon Islands; Jamie (sailing the World); Thomas (Marla) of Lynden and grandchildren Ryan (Analiza) of Virginia, Baily of Virginia, and Andrew of Bellingham, daughter Leslie Knudsen (Bill) and grandchildren Christopher (Jennifer) of Bellingham and Kayti Knudsen of Seattle. Great grandchildren: Thomas Christopher Knudsen, Avana Entrikin Hughes; Brayden Avery Entrikin, Allysa Field Entrikin, Caroline Knudsen, Heidi Knudsen, Kyle Knudsen and Wanika Entrikin Hughes. Per Joe's wishes there will be no services. Memorials in memory of Joe may be given to a
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Gillies Funeral Home
202 Front Street Lynden, WA 98264
Published in Bellingham Herald on Apr. 13, 2014