Joseph John Janik U.S. Veteran

February 5, 1916 - July 2, 2011

Joseph John Janik died in Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital in Hood River, Ore., after a short illness on July 2, 2011. Born on Feb. 5, 1916, in Chicago, Ill., he was the only child of Rudolph and Magdelena (Burda) Janik.

He is survived by two sons, Josef Jan Janik (Margaret) and Ronald Tracy Janik (Marva); a daughter, Kerrone Lee Arbacauskas (Tony); two grandsons, Ben Arbacauskas and Rob Freeman; four granddaughters, Leslie Janik, Tiffany Janik-Pecknold, Megan Janik and Erika Owens; six great-grandchildren, Sierra, Aidan, Shae, Savannah, Audrey and Caleb; and many cherished nieces and nephews.

Joe graduated from high school in the mid-year class of 1934. He then trained as a tool and die maker. After Pearl Harbor, although he could have gotten a deferment because of his skills, he enlisted in the Navy and joined the Naval Bomb Disposal Service. He did a tour of duty in the Pacific, disposing of ordinance from both sides of the newly occupied islands.

In 1943 Joe was sent to Washington, D.C., to help develop new techniques and tools for bomb disposal. While there he met Florence Tracy, a fellow Navy Volunteer (WAVES) from The Dalles, Ore., and they were married on Feb. 7, 1944. While still in Washington, their first son, Jan, was born.

In October of 1945, they moved to Joe's hometown of Chicago. After three years in Chicago, they decided that Oregon would be a better place to raise a family and moved to The Dalles.

They lived with Florence's parents on 13th Street while Joe built their house on a vacant lot next door. During their stay in The Dalles, Tracy and Kerrone were born and Joe began his career with Pacific Power & Light. Subsequent moves took them to North Bend in 1962, Beaverton in 1970 and Yakima in 1973.

While moving from place to place, Joe always had a garden and worked on many garden projects proposed by Florence. He also began a life-long hobby of recognizing hidden gems of furniture in "antique" shops and returning them to their former glory.

Joe retired from PP&L in 1978 and he and Florence settled into retirement life in Pacific City, Ore., where he began another hobby of creating stained glass objects. Both the furniture he restored and the glass objects he created are treasures retained by family and friends.

Florence and Joe were members of the Pacific City Library Club which raised funds and helped build the Pacific City branch of Tillamook County Library. Dad's one complaint about Pacific City was that he couldn't grow a decent tomato.

Even though Florence and Joe were somewhat reluctant to give up their independent life in Pacific City, in 1998 they moved to Down Manor Assisted Living in Hood River to be closer to their son Tracy and his family in Cascade Locks.

Their reluctance was overcome rather quickly and both served terms on the Down Manor Civic Club board and Joe took up another hobby, pool. And worked several garden plots with vegetables, including great tomatoes and flowers.

In December 2009, they moved to Cascade Locks to live with Tracy and Marva. Florence died in January of 2010. Joe spent the next 18 months, as he did the 95 years of his life, surrounded by loving family which filled his last days with love and laughter.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory can be made to Providence Home Health Care.


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