Joe Labedis (1942 - 2018)

Obituary
  • "I met Joe when I played the Palomino Room in the late..."
    - John Pond

Mixed his last cocktail on June 27, 2018 at age 75 in Roseville, CA. He called himself a small-town boy from the Midwest. He was born to Lois and Joseph Labedis, Sr. on December 13, 1942 in Kewanee, IL. Military service found him studying Korean at the Army foreign language school in Monterey, CA, loving sunny California after long Illinois winters. He graduated from San Jose State with a psychology degree, useful in his bartending career along with his loving, natural affection for people. Always the consummate gentleman, easy going and even tempered, Joe's style reflected that of the Rat Pack, Bogart and 1940s movies as he served up drinks in Sacramento dinner houses like Chez Paul, Cafe Capri and the Palomino Room. Early hobbies included golf and betting on the horses. Later he enjoyed barbecuing mouthwatering spare ribs, travel/cruises and Pinochle. With his intelligence, quick wit, and easy laughter, he charmed everyone he met. When someone asked, "How are you, Joe?" he'd answer "Medium rare." Joe leaves behind Sherie, his wife of 26 years and 356 days, sisters Candy (Carl Kleen) and Joline (Bruce Burrell), 15 nieces and nephews and 16 great-nieces and nephews. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee with a celebration of life at a future date. From your one-and-only school marm, "I love you Joe. Your support for my writing career was the 'wind beneath my wings.' I'm who I am because you loved me."
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Aug. 11, 2018