Joe Van Hoof

Buckley resident Joe Van Hoof, 75, died Sept. 19, 2017, in Federal Way.

Buckley resident Joe Van Hoof, 75, died Sept. 19, 2017, in Federal Way.

He was born April 3, 1942, to the late Elvin and Gladys Van Hoof in Buckley. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Ticonderoga, working as an aircraft engine mechanic, and received the Good Conduct Medal. He worked as a logger for Weyerhaeuser and Blanusa Logging. Joe went on to become a journeyman carpenter and worked for Kline Brothers and Algline Construction in Seattle in addition to being self-employed. He was a member of the Carpenters Union and did carpentry work on and off later in life, helping friends. He loved building hot rods and customizing street rods and was always accompanied by his dog.

He is survived by daughter Terry Spencer of Yukon, Oklahoma; four grandchildren; and former wife Diane Julius of Pipestone, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by son Jeffrey Van Hoof on Feb. 6, 1988, and sister Margaret Hatch.

Memorials may be made to Treatment Advocacy

A funeral service took place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Weeks’ Funeral Home in Buckley with burial at Buckley City Cemetery.

All may sign the online guest book at

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