Joseph Robert King

Jun 26, 2020

Joseph Robert King, Susquehanna, PA, age 85, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully at home on June 26, 2020 after battling cancer. Joe will be fondly remembered for his generous heart and corny jokes.

He is predeceased by his parents, William and Lillian King, siblings Sr. Marie, Elizabeth von Stetten, Edward, Carl, William, Beata Anne Nolze and James, and granddaughter Tara Ann Starr. He is survived by his loving wife Patricia (Kiernan), sister Dolores Fitzsimmons, children Brian (Debbie), Cheryl Starr (Thomas), Peggy Rosenthal, Martin (Lana) and Erik (Cheryl), as well as 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joe, the youngest of nine children, was born at home in Nutley, NJ. In his childhood years, he went through the Nutley public school system and was an altar boy at Holy Family Church. At Nutley High School, he played football and was on the crew team. Agriculture was his favorite subject, so it’s no surprise that Joe had a green thumb and gardening was one of his much-loved hobbies.

In 10th grade, Joe began dating the girl who sat in front of him in homeroom since junior high. He married that girl, Patricia Kiernan, on October 30, 1954. For 33 years, Joe and Pat lived in their beloved home on Preston Street in Belleville, NJ, where they raised their five children.

Joe worked for United Parcel Service (UPS) for 30 years. When he wasn’t working, he was a devoted parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Nutley. There, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Holy Name Society and Nocturnal Adoration Society, and was an usher at Bingo.

When it came time to retire, Joe and his son Erik built a retirement home in Susquehanna, PA. Here, he attended St. John the Evangelist Church, where he was in the choir, Knights of Columbus and Men’s Club, and served as a Eucharistic minister, as well as an altar server at funerals. His experience from working on 50-foot ladders over the years made him the go-to parishioner for replacing the church ceiling light bulbs.

Joe was never one to sit still and was always happy to lend a helping hand. In addition to church activities, he generously donated his time to Meals on Wheels for 18 years. He was also instrumental in starting an annual Oktoberfest sponsored by St John’s Men’s Club. Somehow he still had enough energy to enjoy line-dancing classes. Speaking of energy, at the age of 67, Joe won a father/son crew race at a New Jersey regatta with his son Erik despite their much younger competitors.

Among Joe’s other favorite pastimes were watching the New York Giants, hunting, hosting the King Family Reunion, traveling and lovingly nagging his devoted wife of 65 years.
With a name like Joe King, it’s no wonder that he loved to tell jokes. His family, friends and so many others will deeply miss Joe’s humor and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory are made to: St. John’s Men’s Club, 15 E Church St., Susquehanna, PA 18847

Due to health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will be holding a small private Catholic Church service. There will be a public visitation at Hennessey’s Funeral Home 747 Jackson Ave. Susquehanna, PA on Tuesday June 30, 2020 from 10am to 11am. Masks will be required for entry.