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On May 15, 2014, Joseph Harris Kenney Sr. passed away from age-related causes in Neah Bay.
He was born in Neah Bay on June 23, 1943, to Helene Butler and Kenneth Kenney. He then relocated to Port Townsend as a small child.
After graduating from Port Townsend High School, he received a degree as a marine mechanic.
In March 1963, Joe married Barbara Stienberg. They later divorced.
He married Martha Neff in 1976. They relocated to Oregon, later separated, and he returned to Washington state to have a long-term relationship with Theresa Parker.
Joe enjoyed carving, fishing, drawing, hunting, cutting shake bolts, cutting wood, cooking and barbecuing, and spending time with his brother on the beach. Joe held demonstration classes at the Makah museum for carving.
He was a logger for 35 years in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. He was especially proud of being a deckhand into his 60s and at 70.
He was also a very fun-loving and endlessly talented man in many ways. He always had a smile and a joke for you, and many people looked to him as a father figure.
He is survived by three daughters, Laura Kenney-Bowen of Fort Lewis, Washington, Lisa Kenney of Port Angeles and Desirae Kenney-Ivy and son-in-law Roy of Oregon; and his three sons, Joseph Kenney Jr., Reb Parker of Neah Bay and Justin Graham of Oregon. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Joe loved everyone, and many people called him Uncle Joe or Dad, even though they were not related. He is also survived by his sister, Vickie Burley, and brother-in-law, Mike, of Neah Bay; Ronald "Butch" Kenney of Forks and Kimm Brown of Neah Bay; and his beloved dog, Stinky.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Helene Butler; father Kenneth Kenney; and his brothers, Sterling Brown and Donald Kenney.
Harper-Ridgeview Funeral Chapel, Port Angeles, was entrusted with the arrangements.
Harper Ridgeview Funeral Chapel
105 W 4th St PO Box 340
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on June 1, 2014