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Joe W. "Little Joe" Koenigs

May 1, 2029 December 22, 2014
Joe W. "Little Joe" Koenigs
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Joe W. Koenigs Mapleton, IA - Joe W. (Little Joe or L.J.) Koenigs, 85, of Mapleton, Iowa died Monday, December 22, 2014, at Maple Heights Nursing Home in Mapleton. The Funeral Mass will be Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mapleton, Iowa with Rev. Dan Greving officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery at Mapleton. Visitation will be Friday at the church from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with the Vigil Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will resume Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until Mass time. Armstrong Funeral Home of Mapleton is in charge of the arrangements. The family is receiving condolences on line atξ Joseph William Koenigs was born May 1, 1929, to Joseph H. and Geneva M. (Germsheid) Koenigs in Mapleton, Iowa. He attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Mapleton through the eighth grade and graduated from Mapleton High School in 1947. While in school, he attended Sprayberry Academy of Radio, was a projectionist at the Maple Theater, and worked at the Coast to Coast as a radio repairman and salesman. After graduation, he started a radio repair business in his father's furniture, insurance, and appliance store. Joe was also licensed in the insurance business. He attended RCA TV School and Gibson Appliance School. With his training, Joe started Little Joe's TV and Appliance Store on Main Street in Mapleton in 1947. Joe was united in marriage to Jean Underwood on August 25, 1953, at Spencer, Iowa. To that union, three children were born, Ann Marie, Joseph T. and Thomas A. Joe was the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. "Little Joe" served many years on the Retail Committee for the Mapleton Club and volunteered two terms on the Mapleton City Council. He also served as lay minister and usher at his parish, St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mapleton. He was a member of the Mapleton Club, the Knights of Columbus, and Maple Valley Development Committee. He was also a private pilot and owned his own airplane. He retired from his downtown business, Little Joe's TV and Appliance, in 1991 but built a shop at home to repair appliances, a skill appreciated by his community. Jean passed away February 11, 1995. Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, boating, golfing and water skiing. The family owned a place in Okoboji and loved spending time there in the summers and on weekends. Above all, Joe treasured the time he shared with his family. Those family members remaining to honor their memories of Joe are this three children, his daughter, Ann Uhl and her husband, Rick, of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, and their children, Jennifer Garrison and her husband, Matt, and their children, McKenzie and Madison, and Jason Uhl, his son, Joe Koenigs, Jr. and his wife, Jan of Sioux City, Iowa and their children, Jody Sanford and her husband, Daniel and their children, Kayle, Kaitlyn, and Christopher, Julie Babb and her husband, Thomas and their children, Nathan, Jaycee, and Allie, and Jeri Gossett and her husband, James and their children, Alona and Jenna, and his son, Tom Koenigs and his wife, Kelly of Sergeant Bluff,. Iowa and their children, Michael Koenigs and his wife, Mary and their daughter, Hannah and Katie Koenigs and her fiancee, Clayton King; one sister, Ruth Oregon of Sioux City, Iowa; one brother-in-law, Bob Heidman of Watertown Wisconsin; along with many nieces and nephews; and many good friends. Along with loving wife, Jean, Joe was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lorraine Heidman; and one brother-in-law, Kenneth Oregon.


10:30 a.m.

St. Mary's Catholic Church Mapleton, Iowa


Friday, December 26, 2014 5:00-7:00 p.m.

St. Mary's Catholic Church Mapleton, Iowa
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