In Loving Memory
Joe John Staker, age 94, died Thursday, September 23, 2010, at Neilson Place, Bemidji, Minn.
A Celebration of Life will be Friday, October 8, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home, in Liberal, Kansas, with Pastor David Randall presiding. Masonic Rites will be given by Fargo Lodge #300. There will be a time of greeting and sharing at the funeral home following the service. A private family interment will be at the Liberal Cemetery, Liberal, Kansas.
Joe John Staker was born March 29, 1916, in Beaver County, Okla., to Oscar and Dora (Swan) Staker. He grew up in Beaver County, Okla. and attended school in Turpin, Okla. On January 1, 1939, he married Kathryn Long in Southwest Kansas. They lived in Maywood, Calif., and Liberal, Kansas. He served in the U.S. Army during WW2 from 1944-1945 and was discharged in 1946. He returned to Liberal, Kansas, where he farmed and ranched in Beaver County, Okla. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Liberal, Kansas, and vacationed in Bemidji, Minn., for 30 years. In 2005, he moved to Bemidji to be close to his son and daughter. He lived at Northview Manor and then Neilson Place. He liked to fish, write poetry and hook rugs. He taught adult Sunday school classes at United Methodist Church, was a 32nd degree mason, was active in the Masonic Lodge and a 50-year member.
He is survived by his daughter, Marlene (Barry) Mitchell of Laporte, Minn.; son, Tom (JoAnn) Staker of Bemidji, Minn.; 3 grandchildren, Van Alan Mitchell, Douglas Joe Mitchell and Jeffrey Stuart Mitchell; and 6 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Kathryn Staker; brother, Frank Staker.
o Memorials are preferred to the Shriners Burn Center, 815 Market St., Galveston, Texas 77550-2725.
Condolences may be sent to family at www.brennemanfuneralhome.com.