Living Life to the Fullest

Boating friends. 
We have a tight-knit group of boating friends with which we take trips, get together for dinner and maybe a wicked game of Wii, play golf, or just hang out at the dock. So when our friend Joe
Weigelt, age 48, was killed on March 13th while snowmobiling near Lake Wenatchee, the shock and unexpectedness of it, took us all by surprise. (In photo, Greg Kruse and Joe Weigelt, golfing in Canada).  

Joe loved being outdoors. He loved skiing, hunting, fishing, motorcycles, ATVs, horses, boating, golfing and snowmobiling.

Construction. He worked in the construction industry his entire adult life, as an operating engineer and project superintendent.  There wasn’t a piece of equipment Joe couldn’t run, and there are many roads and bridges we drive on around western Washington that Joe had a hand in building.

Joe and his wife, Recia, would have celebrated 20 years of married life on March 24th. For the last six of those years, boating has been a big part of their lives. They loved being on their boat.  So many of the people the couple met through boating, became not just friends, but family. Joe loved being on the water, and hanging out on the dock with those so important to him. In fact, we just had a great weekend with them earlier this month watching the fireworks at Bell Harbor in Seattle.

A “great guy.” Joe was known by his friends and family as ‘just a great guy.’  He had an infectious smile and laugh, and was always happy to lend a hand. He never had a bad thing to say about anyone, and we shared a good many laughs over the last several years that we’ve gotten to know Joe and Recia. Joe is an example to the rest of us to ‘live life to the fullest.’ He worked hard and played hard, but he always had time for his friends.

Joe Weigelt, our good friend, will be greatly missed.

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