Kenneth Lee "iiYaxbid" Joseph
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Kenneth Lee Joseph, "iiYaxbid," was born at home on December 19, 1944, on "Indian Hill," near Darrington, WA. He passed away October 23, 2012, on the Lummi Nation Reservation, near Ferndale, Washington. He was born to "s.Toos-bum," Katherine (Brown) Joseph of Sauk-Suiattle and James Joseph of Lummi.
Kenneth completed his General Education Diploma at Northwest Indian College (NWIC) in 1994 at the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe. He achieved his Associate of Arts degree at NWIC and basic law enforcement certification through the FLETC, Bureau of Indian Affairs in Utah.
Kenneth was chosen to carry his name "iiYaxbid," by family elders. This name needed to be carried within the family of descendants to "iiYaxbid"; who was one of the original ten leaders of Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe.
During his life time, he worked at Northwest Indian College as a math tutor and for many years at Skagit System Corporative as a Fisheries Enforcement Officer. He enjoyed playing guitar and was active in his local community by playing in various bands; performing in church, concerts, and jam sessions. He was also a devoted active member of the Alcohol Anonymous and a child of Christ. Kenneth enjoyed the outdoors and was a passionate hunter and fisherman. Kenneth loved to ride motorcycles.
In this final journey, Kenneth will be joining his parents James Joseph and "s.Toos-bum" Katherine (Brown) Joseph, brother Chief "Qual ish kanim" James Lawrence Joseph and his sister "To xad" Eveline Ellen (Joseph) Matory. He is survived by his siblings: Leroy Charles Joseph of Lummi, David Leo Isaac Joseph of Tumtum, WA., Josephine Harriet (Joseph) Strong of Siletz, OR, Norma Ann Joseph of Darrington, WA, Katherine Florence (Joseph) Misanes of Darrington, Nancy Ann (Joseph) DeCoteau of Darrington, Christine Alice (Joseph) Banks of Modesto, CA., and numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, loving nieces, nephews and close friends.
A memorial will take place Saturday, October 27, 2012 4:00pm at the Lummi Wex liem Building (Frog House). Please come and plan to share your thoughts and stories in tribute to Kenneth. Bring your musical instrument, testimonials, story, song and prayers.
A closed casket vigil is scheduled for Sunday October 28, 2012 6:00 pm at the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribes Longhouse. The funeral follows on Monday, October 30, 2012, 10:00 am with the burial at the Sauk-Suiattle Cemetery.

Published in Bellingham Herald on Oct. 27, 2012.
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October 30, 2012
I'm so pleased to hear all the good things being said about Kenny. I was thinking he probably didn't even know how much he impacted this community. My wish for Kenny is justice. Cause he deserves it..Take care
October 29, 2012
My condolences to Kenny's family. Kenny was a kind and gentle soul whose smile and hugs made everything all right with the world. I will miss him a lot.
Liz Woolms
October 29, 2012
Condolence to family and friends,prayer for you to help keep you strong.
Sandra & Pete Joseph
October 29, 2012
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Sandra & Peter Joseph
October 28, 2012
You will always be in my heart Kenneth. You helped me so much this year. I will always be grateful that God put you in my life and as a extension now you have put Cathy in my life so we can remember you only in the
good times. And remember what a beautiful and gentle soul you where.
My prayers go out to your family and friends wherever they maybe.
love from me and lots of hugs.
Chris Hall
October 28, 2012
Leroy and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Kenny will always be remembered as a kind and gentle spirit who always had great words of wisdom. We will miss him greatly.
Krista Balzer
October 28, 2012
MY CONDOLENCE TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS FOR THEIR GREAT LOSS. HUGS AND PRAYERS SEND YOUR WAY DURING YOUR TIME.
ELAINE JACK
October 28, 2012
I used to play my sax while Kenny played his guitar. What an amazing talent he had. I have never forgotten the impact Kenny and the Joseph family had on my life, and I never will. He would play the guitar with a smile, and Lawrence, his brother, would receive the anointing and preach the gospel of Christ. When the two of them were together, it could shake the place, and there was always room for the voice of Jesus to be heard. Today, they are preaching, singing, and playing with all the people that have gone on before. While Kenny will be missed here, I am sure he was welcomed with open arms on the side. In a short while, Kenny will be welcoming us home, and we'll be together again. While we mourn, others rejoice, because another child of God has made it home. Many comforting blessing to the Joseph and extended family.
Dave Dutton
October 27, 2012
My dad Roger Cayou is awaiting your arrival Ken. You two shared alot of fishing stories when you were on the Skagit river. I will always remember when you rode into the
Oyster Run @ Anacortes.
You were a very good friend and always had time for everyone.
My heart goes out to Karen Misanes and Norma Joseph.
We will always remember Ken.
Rosie and Bill
Rosie Cayou
October 27, 2012
My thoughts and prayers ate with the family. Kenny will be greatly missed.
From Charlotte and Kenny Williams, Muckleshoot
October 27, 2012
Leroy, Tammy and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you! Alvina
October 27, 2012
Kenneth was a very sweet and gentle man. He will be missed so sorry for your loss
Tiffany F.
October 27, 2012
Prayers to family and friends during this time.
Ronda Metcalf
October 27, 2012
David Spry
david spry
October 27, 2012
God speed
gina healey
October 27, 2012
I just found out about Kenny, we worked together at Skagit system coop at Swinomish, we had alot of good times and laughs, he gave me rides on his motorcycle across town to go retrive the office mail, was always in early to get the news paper and coffee pot going, he was a very quite man but he had alot of wisdom. I will say a prayer for him, Iam so sorry to hear this news. Debbie Fernando
Debbie Fernando
October 27, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time of sorrow. Kenneth will be missed. Louise & Steve
October 27, 2012
My thoughts and prayers for the family. He was a kind and warmhearted individual. He was such a good math tutor. He really cared in helping students succeed. He will be missed.
Julia
October 27, 2012
My thoughts and prayers for the family. Ken was a kind and warmhearted individual. He was such a good math tutor. He really cared about helping students to succeed. He will be missed.
Julia
October 27, 2012
My thoughts and prayers be with you and your family.Rest in peace Kenny
Denise
October 27, 2012
Rest in peace Kenny.My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.
Denise
October 27, 2012
My thoughts are with you and your family in the loss of your father, uncle, and grandfather. Noreen
October 27, 2012
Kenneth, I will always remember how you and some of the guys were there to support my early recovery at the beach meetings and at each others homes. You gave freely of your warm heart and kind words. You will be missed. Bless your family.
Donna Titus
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