Joseph Edward Valencic, Sr., age 77, of 9431 Bay Shore Drive; Gladstone (Kipling area), died unexpectantly on Sunday April 25th, 2004 at home of an apparent heart attack.
Joe was born June 18th, 1926 in Kipling, the son of Anton Valencic Sr. and the former Katherine Medvedic who were Croatian immigrants to the area. He was a lifelong resident of Kipling and was a 1944 graduate of the Gladstone High School and entered military service in the US Army in 1945 where he received numerous awards and citations during the occupation of Japan. After his honorable discharge in 1946, he returned to Delta County and was employed for Morley-Murphy Co. for 18 years and later in construction work until his retirement.
Joe was a member of All Saints Church, Croatian Fraternal Union, and the Laborers Union Local in Escanaba. He was an avid reader and enjoyed wood-working, landscaping and generally loved the outdoors and nature.