Joe McKenzie

Joe McKenzieJoe McKenzie of Ridgecrest passed away Nov. 24, 2017. He was born in Stillwater, Okla., to Mary Blanche and Alexander McKenzie.

Joe graduated from Stillwater High School and received his B.S, and master’s degrees in electronic engineering from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.

He worked in the Fuze Department at the Naval Weapons Center for 35 years, earning the distinction of Senior Fellow in 1989. He was awarded the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1996.

He was a dedicated member and organist of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Ridgecrest. He served as president of the Desert Community Orchestra board for two years and performed with the DCOA from 1990 to present. He also performed in the Eastern Sierra Symphony 24 summers and served as a piano accompanist for many music students and groups the past 40 years.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents and sister Jane. He will be lovingly missed by his wife of 52 years Carol Sue; his son Steven (Gwynne) of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughter Bonnie Roesch (Jon) of Gilbert, Ariz.; and grandchildren Connor, Rachel, Ruben and Issy McKenzie, Laura and David Roesch.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Grace Lutheran Church Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to Desert Community Orchestra Association, P.O. Box 1988, Ridgecrest, CA 93555 or the Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society RMES (please note subject: DONATION), 225 E. Ridgecrest Blvd., Ridgecrest, CA 93555.

— Submitted by the family of Joe McKenzie

Story First Published: 2017-12-01