March 12, 1933 in Versailles, Missouri, the daughter of Gladys
Louise Stone and Forest White, she was the third child of
four. Recognized as an exceptionally talented young girl,
Joy’s early piano skills were honed in an unheated parlor
where hat, heavy coat, and often times gloves, were a
necessity. At 10 years old her family moved to Oregon and soon
after she met the love of her life, Ken, at Woodrow Wilson
Junior High School in Eugene. She continued to excel
academically, musically, and
socially while attending South Eugene High School. Joy was
handpicked to be among a select group of students given a
special tour and scholarship consideration at the University
of Oregon for her abilities. Meanwhile she also found time to
be a High School cheerleader, and during her senior year,
earned the distinction of being named Miss South Eugene High.
In the end, she chose not to attend U of O and shortly after
graduation Joy married Kenneth Theodore Krumdieck on November
18, 1951. Then the adventures really began.
three years into their young marriage with a two-year-old,
daughter, Cynthia Kay Hall, and a newborn daughter, Pamela Joy
Jensen, in tow, they sold all they had and moved to Hawaii
before it received statehood. Never doing things in a small
way, they rented a bungalow right on Waikiki Beach. That
property is now home to the rainbow tower Hilton Hawaiian
Village. Stories abound of sunset beach walks listening to
music emanating from the Royal Hawaiian and the radio show
“Hawaii Calls” from under the banyan tree at the Moana
Hotel. It was true bliss. And of course, while there, Joy
quickly learned the ukulele and frequently entertained Ken
with songs such as “The Hukilau.”
back to Eugene, their third and final child, Kevin Don, was
born and now Joy’s prodigious talents were laser focused on
being a homemaker caring for her husband and three children.
By our estimation, no one has ever done it better.
priorities were firmly established; God first, family second
and work next. She and Ken ensured their family attended the
Lutheran Church every Sunday and Joy taught her children Bible
stories and prayers every evening. She played the piano for
the choir, children’s programs and taught herself how to
play the organ. From then on, Joy played the church organ
every Sunday for 15+ years unselfishly and without ever
receiving compensation. She did it purely out of her love for
musically talented as she was, her real gift was “loving her
neighbor.” She exuded a genuine kindness, gentleness and
sincerity that drew others to her. She communicated
pleasantries with such ease and respectability that made
others feel immediately comfortable. She possessed an innate
humility and was the biblical definition of meekness without
being weak. Although ‘meek,’ she had the ability to be
fierce and it was most often evident in the protection of her
faith, family, and any young child.
clothes and beautiful prom dresses for her daughters, taking
her kids to countless cheerleading and sporting practices, and
never missing their games or performances, Joy was the mom the
other moms turned to for assistance. Her home was always
immaculate, with breakfast, school lunches, and dinner meals
freshly prepared every day.
her own children grew, she re-entered the workforce as one of
Ashland High School’s administrative secretaries, and then
moved on to be the Executive Secretary for the President of
Southern Oregon College. She was beloved by all.
Joy found happiness in gardening and her outdoor plants and
flowers were impressive. Her children’s friends always
wanted to come to the Krumdieck home because it had a
welcoming, peaceful and warm feeling about it as soon as you
walked through the door…it was amazing and so was she. We
receiving snow skiing lessons as a 25th wedding anniversary
gift from their children, Joy and Ken, who were always
physically fit for their age, became accomplished snow skiers.
While Joy was modest about her skill level, she could handle a
‘black diamond run’ on Mt. Ashland or Mt. Bachelor where
they frequently skied. There was seemingly nothing she could
not do well, and that spirit of possibility, determination and
discipline was a high standard expected of herself, modeled
daily and yet not a standard to which she held others.
soon arrived - Anjanette (Hall) Duke; Ryan Hall; Tiffany
(Jensen) Lance; Hayley Jensen; Kaia (Krumdieck) Hill. Joy was
simply delighted and poured out her love on each and every
one. Visits with “Gram” were anxiously awaited and each
one a treasured memory. With kids scattered all over the
country and some overseas, she never missed sending a birthday
card or Christmas gift. She enjoyed shopping and always seemed
to find the cutest things just right for each child.
Grandchildren arrived as well - Ava and Rory Hall, Lennon and
London Lance. Her love for all of them knew no bounds.
and Ken lived in many homes throughout Oregon, with residences
in Eugene, Medford, Ashland, Rainier, Bend, and Stayton. For
one entire year they enjoyed living aboard a 32-foot sailboat
exploring coves and small towns around Puget Sound. Most of
her life she lived in custom homes built by Ken and her
knowledge of the needs of a homemaker were invaluable as Ken
designed the interiors…they were an unmatched team.
Joy was faithful, inspirational and a witness to the end.
Courageous and brave in the last months of her cancer battle,
confident in her Lutheran theology of grace alone and not
works, we know she is now safe in the arms of Jesus and has
heard the words, “well done, good and faithful servant.”
And for those of us still waiting on this side of Glory,
heaven is even nearer now, because one that we dearly love is
there. We selfishly miss her terribly but take comfort in
knowing she has crossed the finish line and is rejoicing
is proceeded in death by her mother and father, older sister,
Willeta Glee Rath, older brother, Forest Gene White, and
younger brother, Donald White and survived by husband Ken,
daughters Cynthia Hall and Pamela Jensen (Scott), son Kevin
Krumdieck (Sharon), 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
entrusted to Weddle Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers
donations to the following would be appreciated:
Messiah Lutheran Church
4965 Indiana Ave NE
Salem, OR 97305