Joseph Wayne Berndt "Big Joe"
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August 1, 1960 - June 7, 2012
SALEM - Joe Berndt, 51, a long time resident of South Salem born in York Harbor, Maine, moved to heaven peacefully on June 7, 2012 surrounded by friends and family.
He attended Rosedale and Liberty Elementary schools, Judson Jr. High and Sprague High School.
In Joe's many adventures he drove different big trucks. At the time of his death he was employed with Lakeside Industries, Portland, Oregon. He also drove for Cooley Farms, Norbest and Allen Cooley Trucking.
Joe loved God, his family, the USA, NASCAR, riding his Harley, country music and rock-n-roll! He was a loving father who strongly encouraged his children to be all they could be. Joe adored his grandchildren, Kaylee, Preston and Halo. They held a very special place in his heart.
He was a caring and generous man with a warm heart and listening ear. He will be remembered by his compassion for stray people and stray animals.
Joe is survived by his father Rodger Berndt, Sister, Jeannie North, Brothers Todd & Tyler Berndt, , girlfriend, Renee Hamby, son, Joshua Berndt, daughters, Jennifer Berndt, Amar Hamby, Ashlynn Hamby, and Daisy Ault, 3 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by a large extended family and many beloved friends.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Florence (Pat) Parrent.
A Celebration of his life will be held, Sunday,
June 17th , 3pm
South Salem Adventist Church
6994 Sunnyside Rd, Salem, Oregon 97306
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to:
Published in StatesmanJournal on June 13, 2012