Wolf Point Herald

Joel Lemke


Joel Aaron “Chief” Lemke, 51, of Wolf Point, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at his residence.


He was born Aug. 25, 1962, to Carol Wing Smith Lemke and Ralph Mann in Wolf Point. He attended school in Wolf Point and, after graduation, joined the Army.


He was a jack of all trades; he was a diesel and gas mechanic, carpenter, iron worker and a chef. He was self-employed with Eagle Hunter Construction. 


He loved his family. He always had a smile on his face. He was adventurous and a daredevil. He wasn’t afraid to try new things. He lived his life the way he wanted and if things didn’t work out, he would say “it is what it is” and move on.


He was preceded in death by his brother, Leonard (Nicky) Lemke.


He is survived by his sisters, Vina “Cookie” Smith of Poplar and Janet Davison of Fairbanks, Alaska; brothers, Eddie “Eds” Smith of Wolf Point and Dale Smith of Albuquerque, N.M.; and seven children, Levi Lemke, Mary Lemke, Sara Lemke, Summer Lemke and Lacey Lemke, all of Colorado, and twin girls of Nevada.


Cremation has taken place and a memorial service was held Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.