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"Joe" Joseph James Corkrey

November 21, 1955 ~ April 25, 2022 (age 66)


“Joe” Joseph James Corkrey of Kipp Kansas, sixty-six years young, passed away on April 25th at his home. Joe was born on November 21st, 1955, to Ronnie and Karen (Heatlie) Corkrey in San Francisco, California. He was raised the oldest of 6 siblings.

Joe spent many years of his life as a painter in California. Some would say though, that he was a ‘Joe of all trades’ as he was a man who wore many hats, both figuratively and literally. After Joe moved to Kansas in 2004, he worked for Douglas Welding of Kipp, and as a City Go bus driver for OCCK before he retired in 2017.

Our Joe was also very proud of the time he spent in the Army as a watercraft operator. He was an avid sports fan, when he wasn’t in his shop working on his latest project, he could be found watching a sporting game of any kind on the television.

Joe could be described as a simple, yet content man. He was very happy to spend his days with is wife, Susan, at their home on a corner lot – as they referred to as “Corkrey’s Corner”. Here, both him and Susan were avid gardeners. Every year they spent many hours together preparing, planting, and harvesting their garden and orchard. They enjoyed keeping busy in tending to their Corkrey’s Corner together.

Joe was preceded in death by his mother Karen, infant sister Julie, and daughter Jamie.

Joe is survived by his wife Susan of Gypsum, Kansas; his father Ronnie of Navato, California; Siblings Kathleen Johnson of Taylorsville, Utah, Dennie Corkrey of Petaluma, California, Colleen (Pat) Weller of Gypsum, Kansas, Jimmy (Missy) Corkrey of Leesburg, Virginia, Jenifer O’Hara of Raleigh, North Carolina; Children Kevin Corkrey, Cassidy (Robert) Avila, and Bret Corkrey all of Taylorsville, Utah; Grandchildren Jackson Corkrey, Kylie, Emery, Oaklee Avila, and Ryder Corkrey; Step-Children Jay (Kathy) Crumpton and Stacy (Chad) Crumpton both of Salina, Kansas; Step-Grandchildren Lexy Crumpton, Kaylyn, Jaycee, Kensey Norris, Parker and Mason Crumpton; And several nieces and nephews.

As Joe wished there will be no service or funeral. However, a gathering of his close family will be held at a later time.

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