Joseph Allen “Joe” McKinniss

August 27, 2021

Joseph Allen “Joe” McKinniss, 68, of Frankfort, died August 27, 2021.  He was born September 9, 1952 in Lafayette, Ind. to Wayne Wilson & Julia Kay (Hanna) McKinniss.  He married Cynthia Lynn Moore on November 24, 1973 in Frankfort and she survives.

Joe attended Clinton Prairie School and received his GED in 1980.  He had lived in Mulberry and Frankfort his entire life.  He had worked at Welty’s for 17 years, Frito Lay for 5 and was currently a custodian at Frankfort High School for the past 7 years.  He was a member of the Christian Life Church for 41 years, where he was an usher & greeter and loved Bible Studies.  Joe loved fishing, traveling, being outdoors and spending time with his family.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Christian Life Church, 2501 E. Wabash St., Frankfort. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, September 3rd at the church. Burial will be in Green Lawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Christian Life Church Building Fund at the above address.

Survived by:

Wife: Cynthia L. McKinniss of Frankfort, Son: John Edward (Jana) McKinniss of Linden, Daughter: Cassandra Jo (Scott) Irons of rural Frankfort, 7 Grandchildren, Vera, Tabitha, Lillian, William, Bransen (fiancé Macaela), Ethan (wife Marissa) and Calista, 3 Brothers: Wayne (Norma) McKinniss, Jim (Cindy) McKinniss & Mike (Diane) Bloomquist, 2 Sisters: Judy (Harry) Clibon & Sharon Hill, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Preceded by:

his parents and a brother, John.


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17 Condolences for “Joseph Allen “Joe” McKinniss”

  1. Michael & Francine Jaggers August 29, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Cynthia and family, we are so sorry to hear about Joe, Mike and I were just talking about you both, he was telling me about being best man at your wedding. Mike and him were pretty good buds. Prayers to you all. RIP Joe.

  2. Karen Lippard August 29, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    I loved talking with Joe, he always had something funny to say. He came over one time and fixed our window, the siding on the garage, and a door that wouldn’t latch. He was a great guy and will truly be missed.

  3. Jenny Harris August 29, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Cindy and family. I was saddened to hear about Joe’s passing. Needless to say the Camp family has known the McKinniss family for many years. Your Joe was quite a character. Joe did not know a stranger and he had that precious “gift of gab”. When I was still at FHS there were very few days Joe and I didn’t have a brief conversation before I left for home….I enjoyed our little chats. We would remanence about days growing up down on Blinn Ave. I will be out of town September 1-10 so I will be unable to make Joes calling or funeral. Please know, you and your family are in my prayers. I have not walked the path you are on, but I understand grief and loss and how painful it is. I am thankful and blessed that my path crossed with you and Joe. Please, give Sharon and the other siblings my condolences. Grief, the price we pay for loving someone so big. Joe is home now and safe, I am thankful for that. Know that I care. Sincerely.

  4. Michael & Christie Hastings August 30, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Aunt Cindy, John & Cass, my heart is with you during this difficult time. Uncle Joe had the biggest heart and personality. My girls called him Ninja Joe. He was always spunky and full of life. He will be truly missed.

  5. Paula Butler August 30, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    This man was a true friend. Really going to miss him! My heart hurts for Cindy and her family. He’s going to be missed by so many of us at CLC!

  6. Trudy August 30, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    We were saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. He was a very good man. He has been a friend of my family for years and has done a lot of good deeds for our family. He loved God and loved his family dearly. He will be deeply missed. Praying for strength and comfort for all of you.

  7. Kenny Dragoo August 30, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    I worked along side Joe many times at the high school. We shared a lot of conversations and many laughs. He was a joy to be with and I’m sure he will be missed by all who knew him. I’ll see you again Joe, on the other side of the river, where we will share our stories and laugh once again. My sincere sympathy to Cindy and the rest of the family as they suffer the loss of one so loved. Go Rest High on that Mountain my brother,
    Kenny Dragoo

  8. Bill and Jan Shoemaker August 30, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    We were so very sorry to learn of Joe’s passing. Joe always had a smile on his face and kind words to say whenever we would see him in passing. Cindy, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. RIP Joe.

  9. Tony Stamper August 31, 2021 at 6:53 am

    I’m so sorry Cindy I know you are terribly hurt, I wish we could have talked just one more time but I know we will both see and talk with Joe again. When I first met Joe his parents owned the Pizza King in Frankfort. I went in and to apply for a after school job and he hired me. After that we became best friends and spent a lot of time together riding all over Frankfort and Mulberry in his Awesome black 55 Chevy. I remember he would stop by my parents house and there would be something wrong with his car and he would ask my dad to look at it. Well dad was a minister and he would take Joes car around the block and pull back up in the drive and the car would be running just fine and Joe would say preacher you healed my car, dad would laugh. I cherish those memories and many other times I spent with Joe, he was my best childhood friend I believe I ever had. Joe, Tone Bone will see you again someday.

  10. Philip Wright August 31, 2021 at 7:05 am

    I first met Joe in the Hoke St. Pizza King, where as a teenager he made a fantastic pizza! While eating your pizza, Joe would also entertain at times by coming around the counter and attempting to jump up and touch the ceiling with one of his feet – and he almost did it! Our paths would cross from time to time through the years, sometimes at the Moore’s household in the early 70’s – and Joe was always quick to smile, quick to get up close and quick to talk. Some years later Joe & I crossed paths again somewhere, and talked, and we discovered that we both had had an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ, which of course was a “Game-changer” for both of us. Last time we met was at Sam’s Wholesale just walking around – and we again talked about things & reminisced, and it was fun. Great memories of Joe. Cindy, God’s Grace will be found to be more than sufficient to get you and the family through this, though at times it can be difficult to realize just what we really do have in Christ. Our Prayers and thoughts are with you and the family – Phil & Pam Wright

  11. Sherri C. August 31, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    You will always be remembered, and so will the laughs we shared.

  12. Rick and Tanny Irwin September 1, 2021 at 6:44 am

    Cindy, so sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. Joe was a great guy and good christian. Rick has known Joe for a long time and was saddened by his passing. Joe always had a good sense of humor and a kind word. He will truly be missed. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Paul Harshman September 1, 2021 at 8:23 am

    Sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. I got to know Joe while my wife worked at the high school. I would see him at the various local car shows and was always glad to have the opportunity to chat. He was never without a positive demeanor and was a real joy to talk to. I really liked him.

  14. Eric Meiers September 1, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    So sorry to hear of Joe‘s passing what can you say but he was a great guy. I’ve known him since I was only 16 years old. He always with a kind word and quick not to judge. He will be missed.

  15. Don Foust September 2, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Joe will be missed he was a great person and friend.

  16. Theresa McNew September 9, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Joe was always a happy, smiling, God loving man. I know he will be missed by all. But nothing is better then being in the arms of Jesus. I can’t imagine what your going through Cindy , but his presence will always be around.

  17. John Smith July 23, 2022 at 11:48 am

    I miss you buddy. I always enjoyed our conversations. Tell Jesus we need His help here!!

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