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Rainier loses town icon Joe Keeslar –
Joe passed this morning after a series of illnesses!

Joe Keeslar
Credit: GoFundMe

Rainier auto-mechanic Joe Keeslar passed today!

Joe Keeslar, who has been an iconic auto-mechanic serving the area for over 30 years, passed away this morning outside of Mexico City. His wife Keyra was at his side. He was in Mexico undergoing treatment for his illnesses.

Joe moved to Yelm from Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1990, subsequently establishing JK Autoworks in Rainier, WA.

Further details on a Life Celebration are to be determined.

  • Editor’s note: Joe was one being who uplifted everyone with whom he came in contact. I never heard one word other than joy from or about this man. What an amazing legacy he leaves. His light, laughter and love will be greatly missed. Blessings to his family during this period of grieving and loss.

Posted by Steve on June 27, 2022 at 9:29 am | Permalink

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  1. I never heard Joe say an unkind word about anyone. His eyes were always smiling. He was my mechanic for many years, He will be sorely missed in this community.

    Comment by Carlos Perez on June 27, 2022 at 10:59 am

  2. I met Joe years ago as a customer. Over time, he and Keyra became our friends. Joe was the most humble, honest, caring person we’ve ever met. He was so kind and full of encouragement when I lost my husband. I was in shock to hear that he had passed. I saw him the day he and Keyra got married when he told me how much he loved her. What a great man!! He will be so missed by my family and the community he served.

    Comment by Sandra Smith on July 2, 2022 at 11:36 am

  3. My family and I are very saddened to hear the news, of Joe passing. He was our mechanic for 15 years. He was a very kind, humble, honest, man. He always made you feel like family, and took time to talk and listen. We shared our losses my parents, his parents, his sibling, my sibling. Keyra, was such a joy to get to know and made him take vacations! My heart hurts for her and his family. He and I would joke (after, I moved to Idaho) I was his farthest customer. I am glad, I came back in March 2022 and had him work on my car but even more importantly got to see him one more time. My condolences to everyone that was blessed to know Joe. We will miss you Joe

    Comment by Debbie M on July 3, 2022 at 10:44 pm

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