July 23, 1934 - March 29, 2014 Even at a young age, Joe was always someone who stood apart from his peers. There was a little bit of a rascal in him and he made the most of it. Just ask his mother. He grew up in the Phoenix area, the youngest of three boys of Aymiel and Earle Kinnebrew. Not one for enjoying the school room, after high school he joined the Air Force and completed his electrical apprenticeship. As luck would have it, they sent him to Alaska. It was a match made in heaven. Thereafter he divided his time on construction jobs, between sunny Arizona and Alaska. This was way before snowbirds were fashionable. We met in Fairbanks in 1970 and were married shortly thereafter, celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary last year. Neither ever regretted a minute of those years. There wasn't a day we were together that he didn't make me smile. He was truly the love of my life. We each had children from previous relationships--Patty and Thomas--and we became quite a family over the years. All our friends used to laugh and say that life with Joe was anything but boring! Joe truly became one of those crusty old Alaskans that everyone hears about. His adventures up north made for hours of storytelling to his captive audiences. During those cold winter months working in Anchorage, he and his business partner, Jim, decided what they really needed was somewhere warm, cozy and friendly, a place to tell their stories, and the idea of JJ's Lounge came to be. He was at his best during those years in Anchorage being the master at JJ's. How he loved the action and people. Many of those friendships lasted a lifetime, people that he never forgot. He retired in Everett, WA and found new friends who hadn't heard his stories! What an opportunity. He met new friends and loved retirement. As I worked at the county, Joe took on a new role of head chef and caretaker of his best new friend, Klancy, a German shepherd that took his role as protector and bud dy seriously. For 14 years they traveled together. They were quite a team. In addition to myself (his wife, Diana); he leaves a daughter, Patty Howard of Pine, AZ; a son, Thomas Kinnebrew of Sedro-Woolley, WA; three grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A military interment will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 11, at Tahoma National Cemetery.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on Apr. 6, 2014