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19 Rock Island Rd
East Wenatchee, WA 98802
Phone: 509-470-6702
Fax: 509-470-6186
Joseph McKerlie

Joseph LeRoy "Joe" McKerlie

Saturday, May 2nd, 1925 - Thursday, March 7th, 2019
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Joseph LeRoy "Popsi" McKerlie
May 2, 1925 - March 7, 2019
Wenatchee, WA

Joseph LeRoy “Popsi” McKerlie, 93, of Wenatchee, WA and a lifelong Wenatchee Valley resident, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at his home in Wenatchee where he wanted to be.

He was born on May 2, 1925 in Leavenworth, WA to the late Emslie and Elizabeth (Garrippi) McKerlie. He was raised in the Leavenworth and Cashmere areas. He attended Cashmere High School prior to entering the U.S. Navy in 1944. He served aboard ship during W.W.II. He passed through the Panama Canal twice before receiving his honorable discharge in 1946. He returned to the Wenatchee Valley and settled in Wenatchee, WA. He met the love of his life Renetta Louise Lillie and they were married on June 22,1950 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. They made their home together in Wenatchee,WA. Joe later went to work for the Wenatchee City Fire Department as a Fireman and Driver. He also worked as a local delivery Truck Driver for Eagle Transfer, P.I.E., and Consolidated Freight Companies. He retired from the Fire Department in the mid 1970’s after more than 25 years of service. He continued driving delivery trucks until retiring in the mid 1980’s.

Joe was an avid Steelhead fisherman as well as an avid Bowler. He bowled two perfect 300 games, one at age 73 and the other at 78, and has the rings to prove it.

He was also a youth baseball and youth bowling coach. As a Volunteer at the Morris Park Baseball Field, American Legion Food Booth, he became known as “Smokey Joe”.

He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Renetta McKerlie, Wenatchee,WA three children, Judith "Judy" (Charles) Puuohau, and Jennifer "Jenny" Ritzenthaler all of Wenatchee, WA and Joseph "Joe" (Velma) McKerlie, of Othello, WA; five grandchildren, Daniel (Angel) Delaney, Wenatchee, WA; Kyle Delaney, Wenatchee, WA; Kale Puuohau, Bellingham, WA; Kevin McKerlie, Pasco, WA; Julyssa McKerlie, Moses Lake, WA and eight great grandchildren. One sister, Patricia “Pat” Nield, Houston, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Robert "Bob" and Richard "Dick" McKerlie; two sisters Betty McKerlie and Onnalea Benedict, one infant granddaughter and two infant great grandsons. We want to give a special “Thank You” to Randi, Jana & Shawn with Hospice and a huge “thank you” to his niece Deb Benedict.

A Commemoration Service will be held for Joseph at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Heritage Memorial Chapel, 19 Rock Island Road, East Wenatchee, WA, 98802. Following the Service, a light reception will be held at the funeral home. You are invited to visit Joseph's online tribute at www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com to leave a condolence or share a memory.
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 30th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, March 30th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Heritage Memorial Chapel
    Address
    19 Rock Island Road
    EAST WENATCHEE, WA 98802
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    A Commemoration Service will be held for Joseph at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Heritage Memorial Chapel, 19 Rock Island Road, East Wenatchee, WA, 98802. You are invited to visit Joseph's online to leave a condolence or share a memory.
  • Reception

    Location
    Heritage Memorial Chapel
    Address
    19 Rock Island Road
    EAST WENATCHEE, WA 98802
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Following the Service, a light reception will be held at Heritage Memorial Chapel, 19 Rock Island Road, East Wenatchee, WA, 98802.

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Mike Hughes

Posted at 12:09am
Joe had left the city Fire Dept a few years before I hired on, but he was fun to talk to and had lots of great stories of fires he ran on. I saw him often at the ball park, and he taught me to tie steelhead flies. I will always remember him as a dedicated fire fighter and an all-around great guy. I always enjoyed being around him and learning about his history, and an occasional fire operations tip.
JK

James W Klein

Posted at 12:05pm
Met Joe many years ago Bowling...He was an great friend to us all and a very talented Bowler.We will miss him but know that he is in a better place now! RIP Joe,say hello to Hal Troy for me ok? Jim Klein
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