Joe was born in Edgely, Pa., to Joseph and Emma King on Nov. 26, 1929. During his childhood in Pennsylvania he developed a love of hunting and fishing with his fatheršs guidance. He participated in school sports as a baseball catcher and basketball point guard.
Early in his adult life he worked for Philadelphia Electric Company as a lineman. During this time Joe attended Drexyl Institute at night where he was studying electrical engineering.
After the commencement of the Korean War he joined the United States Air Force. While stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base Joe met and married Julianne Smith of Glenns Ferry on Nov. 22, 1953.
Joe began his military career as a private. He completed Officer Candidate School and Navigator Training before serving overseas in the Korean War.
Upon Joešs return from the war he completed pilot training and flew cargo planes for the Military Airlift Command throughout his service. Joe was an accomplished and respected pilot, receiving his flight instructor certification and taking pleasure in training young pilots to fly the C-141 for four years. Joe retired as a lieutenant colonel after 22 years of service and dedication to his country.
After retirement, Joe and his wife chose to stay in Glenns Ferry to finish raising their three children. They built their dream home in Hammett along the Snake River in 1974.
To help keep himself busy Joe established a partnership with Campbellšs Studio, taking school photos for over 20 years throughout southern Idaho. Joe enjoyed the relaxed lifestyle of Idaho with a love for gardening, farming, skiing, hunting, camping and fishing with his good friends and family.
He was an active member of Masonic Fidelity Lodge No. 80 and became a lifetime member of the Masonic organization.
Joe and Julianne made the decision in 2001 to move from Hammett to be closer to their children and grandchildren in the Treasure Valley.
As a father and grandfather Joe was always there to assist his family in any way needed by giving his time, offering his guidance, sharing what was his, playing games, giving the latest NASCAR update, making jokes, and telling his lifetime of stories. His presence in our life was a constant and an irreplaceable comfort.
Joe is survived by his wife Julianne; son Joseph (Candace) King of Wilder, Idaho; son Jay D. King of Homedale, Idaho; daughter Judianne (Brian) Nichols of Star, Idaho; his sister Emma (Robert) Casbeer of York, Pa.; and his four grandchildren Jacob King, Joshua Nichols, Jack Nichols, and Josephine Nichols.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents and older sister Betty Gaskill.
Joešs wisdom, knowledge, and generosity will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Fridaay, Aug. 14, 2009, at Glenn Rest Cemetery in Glenns Ferry, Idaho, with reception following at Carmela Vineyards.
Arrangements are under the direction of Summeršs Funeral Home, Ustick, Boise.