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1936 Joe 2022

Joe Paul Koenig

May 29, 1936 — July 13, 2022


Joe Paul Koenig, 86, of Kevil, KY, formerly of Kuttawa, KY and Murfreesboro, TN, gained his angel wings on Wednesday evening, July 13, 2022, at the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Clarksville, TN.

Joe was born in Dickens, Missouri and after graduation from Forsyth, MO High School he went on to serve in the United States Navy for four years before going to college at Ouachita Baptist College in Arkadelphia, Arkansas where he met his bride of 59 years Carolyn, and they were married in August 1961. He earned his Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky in 1970. While in school, he was a Probation and Parole Officer in Louisville, Kentucky and worked with Volunteers in Corrections. In 1975, he accepted the Chaplain’s position at the Kentucky State Penitentiary at Eddyville, Kentucky where he served until 1988. He also served as interim at many area churches and worked in maintenance at the Murfreesboro, Tennessee housing authority where he received his HVAC license and certification for housing authority manager. He was bestowed the highest honor in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, twice with the first by Gov. Louie B. Nunn and the second by Gov. Wendell Ford.

He is survived by his two sons, Jon Mark Koenig (Rebecca) of Kevil, Kentucky and Joel Karl Koenig (Becky) of Lebanon, Tennessee; Three grandsons, Mark Aaron Koenig (Claudia) of Oak Harbor, Washington, Joshua Koenig of Kevil and Thomas Koenig and fiancé’ Viva of Grand Rivers, Kentucky; Granddaughters Amelia and Norah of Lebanon, Tennessee. Great granddaughter Aria of Oak Harbor, Washington; Sister Karen Anderson (Will) of Forsyth, Missouri and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Carolyn in 2021, father, Paul Koenig and mother, Winifred Koenig and a brother, Claude Koenig.

Visitation will be on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at Kuttawa First Baptist Church in Kuttawa, Kentucky from 10am until the funeral hour at 1pm. Burial will follow at Glenns Chapel Methodist Church in Eddyville, Kentucky.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Joe Koenig Memorial Fund at Lindsey Funeral Home in Paducah, Kentucky who is in charge of arrangements

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