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Joseph Salem King, Jr beloved brother and uncle passed away at his home Monday July 29, 2019. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends who thought the world of him. Joe was a giving person who always thought of others first.
He was born June 10, 1944 in Queens, New York to the late Joseph and Mary (Bodenski) King. Joe started school at Visitation, then went to public school after 5th grade and graduated from Handy High in 1960. He became employed at McDonald's restaurant and in 1965 he became the manager of The Essexville store. In 1967 he obtained a journeyman card as a cement mason. Using his new found skills, he’d help family or friends with their projects and never took a penny, although a beer and a good dinner were accepted. He enjoyed being able to use his talents and earned skills. In May 1969 he began employment at Bay City Chevrolet. He continued working for General Motors until he retired July 1, 2000.
Joe bought his first Corvette in 1965 and his fascination for the Corvette continued throughout his life. He even owned a mustard colored one, but since then his choice of colors improved.
Having enjoyed many hobbies and activities he was very competitive. He was an avid bowler and won a singles tournament and a team trophy in 1971. He played softball for many years, his team winning in 1971. He belonged to the Linwood sportsman club and loved to shoot. 1967 thru 1969 Joe, with his good friend Jerry Benson, would drag race cars at the Tri-City Dragstrip. Stories have it that he also raced cars on back roads as well; and also enjoyed dirt bike riding. Later, Joe would own a couple of street bikes: a Harley Davison and a Honda. In 2007 he drove Petty's race car at the Las Vegas speedway… he said was quite an experience although he felt they didn't let him go as fast as he wanted to.
Joe’s love was golf; he started golfing at the age of 14 and lived and breathed for golf. In 2007 he won the Bay County Senior Golf Championship. In 2008 he not only repeated the victory in the Bay County Senior Golf Championship, but he did it in fine style getting a hole in one. Overcoming injuries he won the tournament for the third time in 2014. He made ‘hole in ones’ in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Joe golfed almost every day; he said however that he didn't do weekends. He was involved with a traveling golf league, golfed with members of his old softball league, and at times with his family.
Joe was an animal lover -- he enjoyed feeding the birds and often cared for more animals than just birds. He had a pair of ducks that had been coming to his feeder for over 4 years. He had at least 3 neighborhood squirrels that would actually come knocking at his door for their Windmill cookies. Of course there were also rabbits; he had quite the feeding station. Additionally he was always wrangled into animal sitting by his sisters.
Being a kid at heart he loved all kinds of toys: drones, train sets, radio controlled cars, and radio controlled planes, which he crashed sometimes. He however had spare parts and even 2 planes of the same make, just in case one was beyond repair.
Joe loved to try new restaurants and new food. His favorite foods were the appetizers: Calamari in any shape or form and fried pickles. Sometimes he just wanted a good burger, even an olive burger. He had his special restaurants that he frequented where he was proud that they knew exactly what he'd be ordering and how he like it.
Joe considered the casino as his job where he was known to double his money. He would say he was going to work whenever he headed to the casino. Up until just recently he only played video poker, but after playing a few penny machines he got hooked on a couple of favorite ones.
His parents Joseph Sr. (1-26-1980) and Mary King (11-18-18) predeceased him. He is survived by his sisters Pam Sulak (Mark) and Karen Schmidt (Mike), nieces Christine Anderson (Tim), Michelle Schmidt, Mackenzie Schmidt, and Meredith Schmidt (Josh Frankfurth), and great nephew and niece Max and Emma Anderson. Joe had a family relationship with John and Julie Luczak, children of Joe's lifelong friends Tom and Jan Luczak. Joe had many good friends among them: Jerry Benson, Tim and Sharon Roberts, Dennis Casey, Greg and Bernadette Eilfe and many others who will miss him beyond words.
The Funeral Service for Joe will be held Monday, August 5, 2019 at 6:00 PM at Squires Funeral Home, 211 N. Henry Street, Bay City, MI 48706. Pastor Joseph Atchinson will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 2:00 to 6:00 PM. Those planning an expression of sympathy are encouraged to make donations to Our Lady of Peace Parish Food Pantry. www.squiresfuneralhome.com