Keith Lyle Joens
August 10, 1950 - April 25, 2018


Keith Joens MHS 1968

Keith Lyle Joens

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Keith Lyle Joens on April 25, 2018, in Ashburn, Virginia, after battling a short illness. He was a devout Christian and has gone home to heaven and the glory of God.

Keith served 25 years in the United States Air Force, retiring in 1997 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He served in hospital administration and in the medical inspector general office. After his military service, Keith served in many consulting roles before finally retiring full time in 2014.

Keith will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 22 years, Anna; his children: Carrie Joens of Valdosta, Georgia; Chris (Jing) Joens of Fort Worth, Texas, Arthur (Amber) Green of Roanoke, Virginia; Richard (Joanna) Green of Brambleton, Virginia; David (Therese) Green of Ashburn, Virginia; and Daniel (Erin) Green of Purcellville, Virginia; and his dog, Sammy.

Keith will also be fondly remembered by his father, Lyle Joens of Audubon, Iowa, and sister, Kathleen (Frank Whobrey) Carlton of Schereville, Indiana. Keith will also be forever remembered by his 19 grandchildren, extended family and dear friends.

Keith was preceded in death by his mother, Donna in March of 2003. A funeral service in memory of Keith will be held on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018, at 11am at the National Funeral Home at 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, Virginia. Burial service will immediately follow in the National Memorial Park Cemetery at the same location.

National Funeral Home & National Memorial Park - Falls Church, Virginia

1968 MHS graduates: Ron Arp, Michael Blum, Linda Case, Clinton Chandler, Dennis Dammann, John Detlefsen, Charles Ehlers, Linda Sue Ehrichs, Linda Ann Eickman, Helen Marie Espenhover, LaRay Freese, Linda Graner, Terry Hargens, Jane R. Heithoff, Deborah Kay Hinners, Thomas Irlbeck, Lynn Irlmeier, Shirley Irlmeier, Terry Irlmeier, Keith Joens, Kenneth L. King, Gary Knueven, Bonnie Jane Kruse, Gary Kuhl, David Kuhn, Jake Kuker, Connie Kusel, Douglas Long, Richard Mahnke, Bronwen Morris, Ann Marie Mueller, Allen L. Muhlbauer, Cynda Ann Musfeldt, Darrell Ohde, Jack Charles Peters, Janice Peters, Patricia Kay Pfoltner, Kelly Pratt (valedictorian), William W. Ranniger, Craig Ruhde, Peggy Saunders, David Jon Schroeder (salutatorian), Linda Lee Schroeder, Sandra Schrum, Dianna Strosahl, Rhonda Struve, David John Schultz, Eileen Schwaller, Gwen Tank, Kathryn Wegner, Judith Gail Wetzel, Paul Wurr

1968 former students: Dixie Baley, Peggy Bellows, Gwenna Bogatzke, Marla Borkowski, Kenneth Brady, Victoria Frahm, Janet Galvin, Kenneth Galvin, Patricia Goer, Dorene Golwitzer, Norene Golwitzer, David Grage, Gary Haase, Joyce Halbur, Larry Hargens, Ricky Hargens, Julie Hass, Elaine Hon, Vernon Irlmeier, Judy Jones, Ralph Kaleta, Danny Kienast, Charlotte Knapp, Karen Knudsen, Donald Kuker, Richard Loucks, Karen McCammond, Rebecca McConnell, Laura Meaike, Arlene Otto, Jeffrey Peterson, Marvel Popp, Steven Riesselman, Janna Sue Schroeder, Stanley Schwiesow, William Brick Sebern, Marsha Segebart, Barbara Sorden, Barbara Steffes, Barbara Watson, Judith Watson, Paulette Weiss, Nancy Wilson, Brad Winkleman, Patricia Wuebker



Lyle Joens, Carlys (Kusel) Stribe at her wedding, Donna (Sander) Joens
Lyle & Donna were good friends of the Kusels

Junior High basketball team - December 1963

Back: Ron Arp, Craig Ruhde, John Detlefsen, Kelly Pratt, Ron Leitschuck - coach
Middle: Keith Joens, Gary Knueven, Terry Irlmeier, LaRay Freese, Charles Brotherton - coach
Front: Darrell Ohde, Terry Hargens, Rick Hargens, David Kuhn, David J. Schroeder


Twirlers: Mary Muhlbauer, Janice Peters, Connie Ross, Helen Reinke, Linda Barten.
Behind Connie and to her right is Keith Joens, to her left is Ann Mueller.

1969 Concert Band

Standing: Judy Mueller, Barbara Heithoff, Marcia Mundt, Beverly Mundt, Nancy Stoberl, Kathy Potthoff, Lois Muhlbauer, Barbara Wiese
Third: Gail Phillips, Vickie Mundt, Mary Kasperbauer, Jennifer Zerwas, Kent Rutz, Mark Spack, Peggy Bennett, Daniel Weis, Allen Rohe, Lonnie Jensen, Brian Peters, Ruth Croghan, Greg Blum, Lyle Karsten, Dave Schroeder, Francine Kruse, Gaylin Ranniger, Vickie Musfeldt, Doris Volquartsen, Georgia Dethlefs, Susan Opperman, Karen Dreier
Second: Mary Wiese, Frances Struve, Sandra Hass, Julia Croghan, Russel Ranniger, Keith Schroeder, Debra Schroeder, Starre Christensen, Mary Croghan, Roger Musfeldt, Dick Hornberger, Vernon Hansen, John Dobler, Darrel Baker, Lola Stammer, Kevin Struve, Mary Hudson, Connie Sibbel, Janet Arp, Kristyn Kuhn, Marjorie Stangl
Front: Anne Jensen, Kathleen Joens, Darlis Dammann, Beverly Ohde, Linda Rohe, Roxanne Ruhde, Lance Lage, Irene Stangl, Dottie Dammann, Twyla Misselhorn, John Heinicke, Pam Foley, JoAnn Dethlefs, Kathy Felker


Keith was a Veteran, but I have no military pictures and just this basic information...hopefully a family member will contact me so we can include some pictures and also more information.

Keith Joens was inducted into the Air Force on May 22, 1972. During the time of his grandfather William's death in 1983 he was serving in Harbor City, California, and during his grandfather Roy's death in 1988 and his grandmother Elna's death in 1989, he was serving in Greece.
During his grandmother Leona's death in 1993, Keith was serving at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
He served as a Hospital Administrator and his last assignment was at the Pentagon.
Lieutenant Colonel Joens was discharged on April 1, 1997.


Lyle Joens 1960-61 Legion Commander
Lyle was inducted into the Army Infantry on July 20, 1945. He took his basic training at Camp Robinson, Arkansas. Private Joens was given a medical discharge on September 6, 1945.


Roy Sander, son of William and Emma (Wegner) Sander
Leona Ohde, daughter of George and Anna (Rademan) Ohde, married Roy Sander.
Daughter of Roy and Leona: Donna (Sander) Joens.


William Joens, son of Jurgen and Catherine Joens, married Elna Groteluschen.
Children of Jurgen & Catherine: William, Eggert, Alfred, John, Henry, Emil, Alvena, Emma Musfeldt, Elsie Sporrer

Elna, daughter of Louis and Anna (Ahrens) Groteluschen married William Joens.
Sons of William & Elna: Orland and Lyle Joens.


Orland Joens
Orland was inducted into the U.S. Army in January 1943. He took his basic training at Fort Custer, Michigan. He served with the 424th Military Police Escort Guard Company in North Africa and Italy, transporting and guarding German POWs. He then transferred to the Army Transportation Corps and attended Officer Candidate School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Upon graduation, he was assigned to Fort Mason in San Francisco and served as a Commissary Officer aboard the S.S. Uruguay troop transport in the Pacific Theatre. 1st Lieutenant Joens was discharged June 1946.

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