Joseph George Kares, surrounded by family at his home in Sedalia Missouri, passed away October 2nd, 2022. He was born May 23rd, 1943, son of the late George and Julia (Payne) Kares. On September 29th 1971 he was united in marriage to Candy Y. Shull, by the Rev Sid Mabry Sr. in Sedalia Missouri.
Born and raised in Louisville Kentucky, Joe enlisted in the Air Force in 1962. He served as a Jet Aircraft Mechanic Crew Chief at Whiteman Air Force Base before being stationed at Keflavik Air Station in Iceland until his honorable discharge in 1965. Joe then entered the reserves and was assigned to Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base. After his military service ended, Joe returned to Whiteman Air Force Base, holding several key roles for the Department of Defense, as well as adding time with the National Guard where he enjoyed flying Huey, and Cobra helicopters. Numerous awards and accolades were presented to Joe, including several Exemplary Civilian Service Awards. His military time spanned Vietnam, Minuteman Missiles, the B2 Bomber, and a couple Presidential visits, all of which he went above and beyond doing his job.
From childhood shenanigans, to a 1972 NHRA national event win with the ‘Orange Blossom Special’ his 1969 HD Sportster; to restoring, flying, and maintaining several personal aircraft, Joe’s love of mechanics enveloped his personal life. The lifelong friendship’s formed out of these passions was something he truly cherished and only enriched his family. The home he provided for his family even included an airplane landing strip out back…
Surviving are his wife, Candy Kares, of the home. Two sons; Kevin Kares, of Sedalia, and Ryan Kares (Emily), of Gardner, KS. Five grandchildren; Kenady, Tye, Damien, Turner, and Ariah. Three nephews; Rick, Nick, and Rusty Anderson, and a niece, Carolyn Bickett.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Elaine Anderson, and brother-in-law Garold Anderson, both of Louisville Kentucky.
Graveside services will be at 1:30 PM Saturday October 8
, 2022 at Crown Hill Cemetery with the Rev David Banister officiating. Full military honors will be conducted by VFW Post 2591 and the United State Air Force.
Visitation will be 5 PM to 7 PM Friday October 7th, 2022, at Heckart Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial to a charity of the donor’s choice in care of Heckart Funeral Home.