Joel's Story

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Joel K. "Tinker" Schleig Jr., 66, of Sunbury, died suddenly at home on Saturday, June 24, 2017.
He was born June 16, 1951, and was preceded in death by his parents Kenny and Jeanette (Troup) Schleig.

He is survived by his Aunt Pat Herman, his brothers, Daniel and wife Ann, and David and wife Cindy; his sister, Kathy Knoebel and companion Bill Shultz; nieces, Sydney Knoebel, Amy Eckenrode, and Rechelle Quintero; and nephews, Daniel Schleig Jr., and Jason Harper.

We also are thankful for the care-givers that were so much a part of his life these last four years. They are kind, caring, and loving people who gave so much of their personal lives to Tinker. He lived life so much more because of them. He truly had a special fondness for them for the love that was shown him.

Because of an illness when he was two years old, Tinker could never talk, or read, or ride a bike, or understand things like we do. He had to be taken care of his entire life. But, he lived a good life with his family and friends at his only home on Fourth Street for 66 years.
In his younger years, Tinker stood on the of corner of Fourth and Reagan street in Sunbury for many years and had become a bit of an icon because of that, and will be familiar to many. In later years, he just watched from the porch of his home on Fourth Street, usually swinging on the front porch swing. He loved to watch parades, go to football games, and to Knoebel's Grove where he would ride the ferris wheel, merry-go-round, and train.
Tinker never had a job, belonged to any organization, or fought in any wars, but he was very special and busy bringing joy to the hearts of many with his laughter and demeanor. He lead a simple life, but he moved the hearts of his family and those who knew and cared for him. We have been blessed to have him as our brother, an opportunity that most people will not be fortunate enough to experience or understand.

We are thankful that God brought Tinker into our lives. We were blessed and we are better people because of him. And for the first time on that day of June 24, 2017 when God took him home to glory, he is able to talk and rejoice with his family that are in Heaven. We will miss him greatly, but someday we will meet again on the other side, and we can't wait to hear all what he has to tell us.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former thinks are passed away. Revelation 21:4

A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 395 State St., Sunbury and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Zion Lutheran Church, Sunbury, followed by the funeral at 11.
Interment will be in the Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington.
Published on June 27, 2017
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