Joee Redington Jr.
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Joee Redington Jr. passed away peacefully Aug. 14, 2017. He liked to tell people he was born on a reservation, albeit a military reservation, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. He and his family came to Alaska and homesteaded on Knik Road in 1948. In the early 1950s Joe Sr. moved his family to Flathorn Lake, 5 miles up Fish Creek, off the Susitna River. He and his family commercial fished in Cook Inlet in the summer and mushed dogs in the winter. Each of the boys had his own fish camp and a set net site at the mouth of the Big Susitna River. At age 15, Joee routinely crossed Cook Inlet, going to Anchorage or Knik in a 26-foot wooden dory with two to four outboard motors on the transom. He hauled dog food, lumber and supplies to Flathorn or visited his grandfather in Knik.
In 1956, he entered the Junior Fur Rendezvous Race, which was run off Fourth Avenue. He came in last; the only person still on the street was his mom. In 1961, his last year as a junior, he won the Junior Fur Rendezvous and the Junior Open North American. In 1964, he was drafted into the Army and was assigned to the biathlon unit as a dog driver. Both the Army and Air Force fielded a team. Joee won the World Championship Fur Rendezvous in 1966 for the Army. He appeared on the TV show "To Tell the Truth" in 1966 after winning the race. He had memorable stories about New York, the hotel and the show. He saw his first revolving door; he called it a squirrel cage. He watched the people of New York go to work in the mornings, go down the elevator in the apartment building to the street, down to the subway and pop up in another building to work. At the end of the day it reversed. He described it was like watching the tide come in and go out. Everyone wore a trench coat, so he bought one too.
Joee won many races in Alaska and was always a threat in any event he entered. Joee raced all across Alaska, Canada, New York and New Hampshire, and the Mid-West circuit. He semi-retired from racing by himself in about 2010, but worked with Jeff Conn, Jason Dunlap and Gary Markley to race combined teams for a few years. In 2014, he raised his last litters of pups, which he and Pam continued to train. In 2017, dogs from these litters ran in the teams of Gary Markley, Emilie Entrikin, Marvin Kokrine, Dave Turner and Luke Sampson. Four of those dogs, one of which was the leader, ran in Roxy Wright's winning Fur Rondy and Open North American teams.
Joee was an icon in the mushing world, racing sprint (Fur Rondy and Open North American), mid-distance (Knik 100) and long distance (Iditarod in 1974 and 1975), placing ninth and third, respectively. His interests ranged to all types of mushing, and he believed in the versatility of the Alaskan husky, a breed that could do it all.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Redington, Sr., and his mother, Catherine Brodhead; his stepmother, Violet Redington; and stepfather, Tom Brodhead; his sister, Sheila; and brother, Keith.
He is survived by his wife, Pam; and two children, Joee Ray Redington (Melanie) and Heather Redington (Jamie McGee); two grandsons, Jacob Catlin and Robert Lee; brothers, Raymie (Barbara) and Tim Redington; nephews, Ray Jr., Vernon, Ryan and Robert Redington, Jamie and Jerry Aamodt; and nieces, Laurie and Lisa Redington and their families.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Aug. 21, in Manley Hot Springs. 

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Published in Daily News-Miner on Aug. 18, 2017.
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August 28, 2017
Very sorry for your loss. I remember going to New York in the 1960's when I was very young to see Joee on the "To Tell The Truth Show". Gale and I will never forget when we visited you back in 1998. We think of you often. God bless you all.
Murray Ott
August 23, 2017
Sorry for your loss..I did not know him and that is my loss.
Cynthia Green
August 22, 2017
May you find hard packed trails, a fallowing winds and the spirits of your best dogs ahead.
Ray Bane
August 21, 2017
Prayers and thoughts to the Reddington Family. Meet Joee back in 1990 will visiting kennels. Wonderful person. May he enjoy the hard packed trails with those that have gone before him.
Kathy and Grey Pickett Nooksack Kennel and Racing Supplies Oxford mE
Kathy Pickett
August 20, 2017
I met Joee and his wife, Pam a few years ago in Manley. I felt honored to meet him and to see his dogs and especially to visit his art studio. Luckily, I had some cash on me and I bought two pieces of his artwork. I will treasure them forever. RIP
Ellen Trigg McCoy
Ellen Trigg McCoy
August 20, 2017
You taught me to always be a good sportsman when racing. So no matter how much one wants to win, if a musher comes up behind you, obviously they are faster so respect that and give them a clean pass. So here we are now honoring you by providing that clean pass.
Remembering you always. Prayers and support to everyone in the family
Linda Johnson
August 20, 2017
North American Championship team - team from Joee Redington Jr.' s kennel trained by Joee Ray Redington driven by Mitchi Kono
Melanie Redington
August 19, 2017
Extending heartfelt condolences and prayers of comfort to the Redington Jr. family. May the hope and promise of everlasting life sustain and comfort you during this difficult time. John 11: 24 & 25
L. M.
August 19, 2017
My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Redington family. Joee was a good friend. I will miss him for a long time.
Rose Albert
August 18, 2017
Joee was an old friend and fellow musher of my husband, Emmitt Peters. We both wish his family the best.
Edna Peters
August 18, 2017
what a difficult time for the family such an outstanding person.
Joee was so very special and I am honored to have known him.
may "he go with God"....Sincerely Ginny Rayburn @ Bassett Army Hospital
Ginny Rayburn
August 18, 2017
My deep condolences to the family. May the assurance at Psalm 29:11 be comforting to you at this difficult time.
August 17, 2017
Joee, thank you for all that you have done for the sport and for all of your kindness over the years. You will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with Pam and the kids.
Katrina Fletcher
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