Joost Koenig

Born in The Hague, Netherlands on December 10, 1924

Departed on March 11, 2018 and resided in Portland, TN

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Joost Koenig, 93, from White House, Tennessee, graduated from this life to the presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ on March 11, 2018.

Joost was born December 10, 1924 in The Hague, Netherlands to the late Menko Ludwig and Henriette Koenig.  He is also preceded in death by one daughter, Heidi Lynn Koenig and two brothers; Menko Koenig and Adriaan Koenig.

Joost spent his growing up years in both the Netherlands and Switzerland.  His loves included skiing, ham radio, travelling, and learning.  He spoke five languages fluently.  Joost served in the Dutch Air Force and is a World War II veteran.

He married the love of his life, Joan Opal Blackman, on August 30, 1958.  They were married for nearly 60 years.  He loved his family and was a faithful and amazing husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.

He is survived by his wife Joan Opal Koenig; children Rebecca Runyan (Jeff) and Eric Joost Koenig (Paula); grandchildren Nichole Campbell (Levi), Sarah Koenig, and Matthew Koenig; great granddaughter Emma Campbell; sister Jeanette Vonck; nieces Grace DeHaas (Mick), Irene Vonck, and nephews Menko Koenig and Fred Vonck.

A Celebration Of Life will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Crestview Funeral Home.  Visitation will start at 11 AM prior to the service.  Burial will follow at Crestview Memory Gardens.

12 Comments to Joost Koenig

  1. Eric Koenig
    March 15, 2018 6:13 pm

    I love you dad. I will miss you love every day I breath. See you soon. Love Eric

  2. Rob Schulze
    March 16, 2018 12:18 am

    Good bye my friend. I’ll miss you. We had good times together. God bless.

    • rebecca Runyan
      March 17, 2018 12:00 pm

      Thank you gor being such a great friend to my daddy!

      • rebecca Runyan
        March 17, 2018 12:03 pm

        Daddy, you are my Rock! Words can never express how much I love you. My love for you is eternal and I look forward to seeing you soon! Life here is going to be tough without your smile and laugh and words of wisdom! Say hi to the family in heaven and bathe in the glory of our Lord!

  3. Gaylene Crowder
    March 16, 2018 10:53 am

    Gaylene Crowder
    I woked with Joost at Hughes Aircraft Fullerton He was a dear man and always had a smile and made work for a better day. He called me Okie and I called him Sliver foot. I know he will be missed Rest in Pease Dear Yoost. 😕👜👃🙏

  4. Barbara Diers Blackman
    March 16, 2018 11:35 am

    I came to know Joost when I moved to California with my fiance Warren Blackman, uncle of Joan. Joost was one of the best blessings to the Blackman family, and he was Warren’s best man at our wedding. He was the “best” in so many ways: best host, best smile, best sense of humor, best intellect, best nephew, lover of the best music… and best friend. When I reminisce about our time in California, the good times with Joost and Joan’s family are my best memories. The world was a better place with him in it.

    In Isaiah 66:13 it says, “I will give you comfort, as one whom his own mother comforts.” As you celebrate Joost’s life and your memories, let God’s comfort embrace you all.

  5. Jeanne Gardner
    March 16, 2018 5:03 pm

    Rebecca and Jeff, so sorry to hear of your loss of your Father. I lost mine almost 2 years ago and understand the void. Close your eyes and see him resting in the arms of Jesus. You will see each other again. Love in Christ.

  6. Jim Blackman
    March 16, 2018 6:36 pm

    A great friend, ham radio operator and member of our family. Lived a good life. We all benefited from knowing him. 73 my friend. Jim K0EVE

  7. Roxann M.
    March 22, 2018 8:40 am

    He was such a sweet man an the world was a better place because he was in it.

  8. Larry G. Irelan
    March 23, 2018 7:09 pm

    A very unique person and I will miss Uncle Joost very much.

  9. Jeff Binkley
    March 24, 2018 11:43 am

    Rebecca,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I’m thinking of you today. Please know that you and your family remain in my prayers. God bless you!

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