Joseph Paul Drinkman died peacefully in his sleep, at home, surrounded by his loving family after a short bout with cancer.
Joe was born on December 1, 1937 in New Haven Township in Dunn County, Wisconsin. He was the son of Paul and Eleanor (Link) Drinkman. In 1955 he graduated from high school in Glenwood City, Wisconsin. On October 10, 1959 he was united in marriage to Carolyn Joann Cummings at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, Wisconsin and together they raised three children. Joe started his work career doing farm work for several neighbors. He then worked at the Teegarden Cheese Factory doing several jobs in the cheese plant. He moved on to work at Sanna Dairies in Menomonie where he worked in manufacturing and packaging for dried milk products. He worked for Amery Super Value in inventory control, stocking and ordering products for the store. He spent time driving delivery truck for Holsum Bread Company out of Rice Lake. His last employment was with the Amery School District as a Custodian at the Amery Middle School. He retired on December 31, 2001 after 21½ years of service.
Joe was active in several organizations. The Amery Jaycees, Amery Snowmobile Club, and Amery Area Garden Club. He was a member of East Immanuel Lutheran Church and also Little Falls Lutheran Church and spent time serving on their church councils. He was currently a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Amery. Joe had many special hobbies and interests. He was part of the Jaycees Clown Club, enjoyed classic cars, antique collecting (mostly hand tools), snowmobiling, riding ATV, camping, annual family vacations and doing gardening and other yard work. He had Joe’s Metal Art, a hobby where he created metal art work for sale. After retirement he and Carolyn enjoyed spending winters in Arizona.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents and two infant grandchildren. Surviving family members include his wife of 55 years, Carolyn; children: Eugene (Maureen) Drinkman, Lisa (Steve) Hoff, and Dana (Christy) Drinkman; ten grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren; brother, Ken (Jennie) Drinkman and four sisters, Delores Kedrowski, Shirley Jarchow, Viola (David) Nelson, Patsy (Dale) Woodard as well as other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at Our Saviors Lutheran Church at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 6, 2014. There will be visitation at the Williamson-White Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be at the Amery Cemetery. You may sign an online guest book and view a video tribute at www.williamsonwhite.com.