Joseph “Joe” Link
Joseph James Link Obituary
Joseph “Joe” J. Link of Stilwell, KS, passed away Saturday, June 12, 2021, at age 64 of natural causes. There will be two opportunities to attend services in honor of Joe Link’s life. First, a Catholic service will be held on Friday, July 9 at 11 a.m., at Queen of the Holy Rosary in Wea, KS. In addition, a Celebration of Joseph’s Life will be held on Saturday, July 10 at 1 p.m., at The American Legion Hall in Louisburg, KS.
Joseph James Link was born on January 20, 1957, in Kansas City, MO, to John and Elma Link. Joe graduated from Blue Valley High School in 1975. He married Nancy Jane Banister in 1976 in Bucyrus, KS, with whom he had one daughter, Jodi Link. Having worked for the Dover Sod Company for 35 years, Joe appropriately nicknamed himself “Joe Soddee,” and often wore one of his clever shirts that read, “Joe Soddee – Rollin’ Grass Daily.”
Life wasn’t always easy for Joe, but he valued what was important and had a big personality, matched only by his big heart. He cared for his community and loved giving back when and where he could. He was known to put together fundraisers at the local bars, often passing a hat around for cash when he heard of a friend or local family in need. After retirement, Joe found his deepest joy spending time with his grandkids and two daughters. The light of the last two years of his life was meeting and getting to know his daughter Jami Rae Gentry.
Joe, also known as “The Untamed Mayor of Wea,” was a creative force and talented artist on many levels. He loved drawing and was exceptionally good at it. Also an amazing lyricist who loved creative writing, Joe regularly had friends and family listening to his latest jingles. Joe also loved playing the guitar and singing. If you spent time with Joe at a gathering or around a campfire, you may have been lucky enough to catch one of his many original songs, or one of his hilarious interpretations of a current song.
Joe’s favorite events were family reunions and musical festivals, or any gathering that included friends, food, drinks, music, and laughter. His brother Steve Link fondly remembers the time Joe once bragged about a new country cowgirl band he’d heard while visiting friends in Austin, TX. After playing their evening gig, the girls came and sat at Joe’s table, sharing a beer and some tales. Joe told his brother, “Yeah, some day those chicks are gonna be famous! They call themselves The Dixie Chicks!” Soon after, Joe received by mail the band’s “Chick Chat” newsletter, in which they mentioned meeting Joe, the (self-proclaimed) Untamed Mayor of Wea. “What a proud moment for brother Joe!” Steve joyfully recalled.
Joseph James Link was truly one of a kind and will forever be remembered for his kindness and compassion. He packed a lot of fun, a lot of laughs, and a lot of love into his 64 years. With a personality larger than life, it is certain that big-hearted Joe, Joe Soddee, the Untamed Mayor of Wea will live on in the hearts and memories of those who knew and loved him. For wherever a memory of Joe remains, a smile will soon follow.
Joseph Link is survived by his daughters, Jodi Link of Avon, CO, and Jami Rae Gentry of Kansas City, MO, as well as his beloved grandchildren Indiana and Piper of Avon, CO, and Sha’Quala, Jason, Olivia, and Joseph of Kansas City, MO. He is also survived by his sister, Jane Brandenburg of Basehor, KS, and brothers Frank Link of Louisburg, MO, Steve Link of San Jose, CA, and Paul Link of Kansas City, MO, along with many other family and friends. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his brother David, and his sister Nancy.
To send flowers to the family or offer a donation in memory of Joseph J. Link please email Jodi.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970.331.2215.