Joseph C. Kellogg

Born: Sat., Apr. 24, 1926
Died: Mon., Mar. 21, 2011


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Mar. 25, 2011


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Joseph C. Kellogg, 84, died Monday March 21, 2011.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Krishna, his daughters Virginia, Christine, Janet and Karen, his grandchildren Sarah, Rebecca, Miriam, Raychel, Kelly and Max, his step-daughter Bina and granddaughter Daphne, his brother Martin and wife Esther, his sister Christine, brother-in-law Tom and many beloved nieces and nephews.  

Joe was born April 24, 1926 to Serine and Joseph Kellogg in St Paul, Minnesota.  His father was an engineer working on projects in many US cities and overseas, and the family lived primarily in St Paul, but occasionally lived in other states, including Louisiana and New Jersey, when he was growing up.  

Joe attended high school in Westfield, N.J. where he played on the football team along with his buddy Tom, who would later become his brother-in-law.  (Although the events that lead to Tom’s marriage to Joe’s sister Hildrud and Joe’s lifelong friendship with Tom happened at the end of the war.)  Joe graduated from high school in Westfield, New Jersey and enlisted in the Navy in 1944.

In 1946, after his WWII Naval service in the Pacific, Joe enrolled in Southeastern Louisiana University to play football and study engineering.  In 1948 he transferred to the University of Minnesota and earned a degree in Civil Engineering.

Joe began his professional career as a structural engineer with Johnson, Drake and Piper and soon left to join the newly formed Al Johnson Construction Company.  While working for Al Johnson, Joe contracted polio in October of 1955.  After a strenuous rehabilitation process he was able to continue his work as a civil engineer.  At Al Johnson he had a distinguished career engineering dams, bridges and tunnels across the country.  

Joe always felt that the highlight of his career at Al Johnson was his role as the Superintendent and Head Engineer for Al Johnson Construction Company’s participation in the construction of the Eisenhower Tunnel.  The tunnel involved twin bores through the Continental Divide in the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies.  On the project they were confronted with the nearly unsolvable problems of penetrating hard rock during the tunnel construction.  As one engineer remarked, “we were going by the book, but the damned mountain couldn’t read”.  Important new engineering techniques were developed during the project, such as the special shields required to protect the construction workers during the constant blasting.  Engineers today still respectfully acknowledge the advances made in civil engineering during the Eisenhower project.  

Following the Eisenhower project, Joe put the insights he gained on his previous projects to good use by starting his own engineering consulting firm.  In addition to consulting on traditional engineering projects, the firm offered technical and legal consulting advice to construction companies involved in legal disputes for projects that were running over budget and behind time.  His staff of construction engineers and specialists provided data and insights that lead to remuneration to these companies for lost revenue.  This was a new approach to dispute resolution that was well received by the industry.  

Over the years, the Kellogg Corporation saved time, money, and reputations.  The nature of the firm’s work gained the respect of other consultants, law firms and accounting firms, many of whom initiated similar departments in their own operations.  The Kellogg Corporation maintained three offices across the country, employing over 100 people dedicated to solving construction problems and resolving disputes.  In 1985 the firm was honored for its work with an award from The Beavers, a heavy engineering construction association.

As the success of this new approach to dispute resolution developed, members of Joe’s firm left to form their own firms, some in direct competition with the Kellogg Corporation.  Joe harbored no resentment, but helped them succeed.  In a few instances, he hired back his former employees who didn’t fare well on their own, with no hesitation.  He gave and accepted advice from others, keeping an open mind.  Joe strongly believed that one good mind is always enhanced by another.  He was an expert, but he knew an expert was always learning.

Joe’s energetic and enterprising manner earned him respect in the construction world.  He drew upon his personal experience in engineering to give expert testimony in courtrooms around the nation.  He was the epitome of a positive mind and what it can accomplish.  He said at one time, “If you have your mind, you have it all.  Everything you need.”  

Joe had a personal commitment to his industry.  He had an unquenchable force of will.  He also had a commanding presence.  His crutches and his wheelchair never stopped him from having a positive outlook, a thirst for new adventures, and the ability to accomplish more in a day than seemed humanly possible.  He traveled all over the country attending meetings and courtroom proceedings.  He never gave up and kept his determination acutely attuned to the demands of the day.  His sense of humor, his loyalty to his staff and his willingness to travel and do whatever it took helped his business grow successfully.

Joe also had other interests beside the engineering business.  He loved jazz music and attended jam sessions, often sitting in the front row.  On one occasion in New Orleans at Louis Armstrong’s nightclub, Satchmo asked him to come up and sing for the audience.  Joe often spoke of his desire to sing professionally once he retired.

Family was very important to Joe.  While married to Henrietta, he raised four daughters – Virginia, Christine, Janet and Karen.  He was very proud of his daughters and experienced so much joy while being with them.  He especially loved to gather them all together, for family trips or simply to enjoy a meal together, telling stories and laughing about each one’s latest antics.  The highlight of these family trips was the trip to Norway with his mother and two of his daughters to visit the family homeland.  He was later married to Helen, who was an active partner in the early years building his business.  In his later years he met and married Krishna, the love of his life.  They were together for over 20 years and spent many happy years traveling together and simply enjoying each other’s company.

He also loved to be surrounded by his grandchildren.  He made his children and grandchildren laugh with his love for funny faces, spoonerisms, jokes and spontaneous spirit.

Many joked about Joe’s Norwegian will power, but it was true.  As the old saying goes, “He wasn’t stubborn; he was Norwegian.”  Over the years, Joe Kellogg’s spirit never faltered, and he will be remembered for the love and sunshine he brought to the hearts of those around him.  Joe’s smile was famous.  He was positive spirit and energy at its finest, often teaching his family and friends the power of positive thinking through his constant example.  During recent months in Denver, bedridden and becoming almost immobile, when asked how he was doing, his answer was always, “I’m doing great.  Can’t wait until I can move back home.”   

Joe Kellogg was courageous and strong.  He brought light to the hearts of those around him every single day

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Rotary International - End Polio.

Funeral Service, Friday, March 25, 2011, 11:00 AM, at Drinkwine Family Mortuary. Private interment at Ft. Logan National Cemetery.

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Gene Beisman
  
Mickey and I offer all our sympathy and love for your loss. Joe was a powerful and formative influence on my professional life from the spring of 1963 when he made a recruiting trip to Stanford to the Al Johnson Company in 1968 to the Kellogg Corporation in 1973 to the Obayashi litigation in 2002. We will miss him, but we will have wonderful memories.

Larry True
  
I owe Joe a debt of gratitude for the three great and educational years I spent with Kellogg Corporation. I started when there were 12 people and left when there were over 30. I learned more from Joe and Mike than I did in the years that I spent getting my engineering degree. Thanks to Joe, I visited the wonderful state of Hawaii, one of Joe's favorites, many times. I always had the greatest respect for Joe and will always remember my reationship with him fondly.

Cathy Mullowney
  
I was fortunate to know Joe. He had a compassionate, generous and wonderful spirit with a love for people, especially Kris, family and friends. We have lost a valuable proud individual who enjoyed life. My thoughts and prayers are with you Kris and his family.

Jack Huskinson Jr
  
I am saddened by Joe’s passing and offer my sincere condolences to his family. Although Joe was my employer, he was also my mentor and friend. He instilled in me positive work ethics and self confidence, for which I will always be grateful. His seemingly never ending exuberance for life was always apparent, and touched the lives of many of those around him, including me. Joe once commented “We work hard…but have fun doing it….and play hard too”. I will always have fond memories of Joe and the Kellogg Corporation and the great times we had there, like the annual Christmas parties, Code 1 meetings, Joke Gift Exchange, just to name a few. One of my fondest memories was the famous family golf tournament at the Keystone Lodge in Colorado I was graciously invited to, that Joe sponsored. I am grateful to have known Joe and I know his legacy will live on. Mahalo nui loa Joe! We will miss you very much.

Jay Halverson
  
Joe would be on everyone's list of "Super Gentleman". We will all miss him. RIP JCK.

Robert Bolenbaucher
  
Your loss of a great father, husband, grandfather and uncle is my loss of a friend and the best employer in my work careers.

God be with you and comfort you.

Bob Bolenbaucher

Pam Tittes
  
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. I know everyone who ever worked for Joe loved and respected him. I know I did. He will be missed.

Peggy Bliss Ickis
  
We were together in a bridge club in the 70s and always enjoyed eacj other.My condolences to the family.

Mark Pedigo
  
I will miss Joe and will always be thankful to God for the blessing he has been in my life. He gave me the start in the business I am in and for that I am thankful. Joe was like a second father to me (and was only about 4 months younger than my father). His sense of humor, kindness, and overall fairness and integrity made an impact on me. I have many fond memories of Joe and one in particular that I look back on and laugh at even today. In 1999, Joe and I were in Salt Lake City at a trial and we left the attorneys office to go to the hotel. We were told the hotel was about 4-5 blocks away. We did not realize that blocks in downtown Salt Lake City were about a mile long. It probably took over 30 minutes to get there with me pushing Joe with one hand and pulling our luggage with another. I think I was the one who said we could just walk there. Joe kept his great sense of humor and 5 sweaty and long blocks later we laughed about it over a beer at the hotel bar. The world has lost a good man and is a better place because of Joe Kellogg.

Forrest Garrison
  
Warm thoughts of Joe Kellogg will live in my memory forever. Sadly, I never had the pleasure of knowing Joe in person... but I have felt his strength and determination as I lived vicariously through part of his life from heart warming stories. Life's obstacles seemed to challenge Joe rather than hinder him. Whenever I drive through the Eisenhower Tunnel, pleasant thoughts of Joe will always come to mind, knowing how proud he must have felt to have ramrodded the team that fulfilled a dream of millions!
My heart goes out to Kris for her loss, to Virginia and her sisters for the loss of their hero, and to the many family and friends that lost such a true inspiration!
Thank you for sharing him.

Jerrie and Judie Eckelberger
  
Kris,
Judie, David, Krissy, John and I will always remember our great neighbors. Joe was an inspiration to all of us in never allowing polio to cripple him. He was a very productive and contributing person who always displayed tremendous optimism. His warmth and smile will be much missed. You and all of Joe's family and friends have our deepest sympathy.
Jerrie

Don Babcock
  
What a great man! Joe was an example of industry, innovation, tenacity and integrity. But more than that, he was a good man and a loyal friend. Joe was my employer, but he was also a mentor and encourager. He always saw possibilities; obstacles as opportunities. He stood by me in loss and discouragement and believed in me; often more than I believed in myself. I am a better man for his influence in my life. I am thankful to God for having had him as a friend. Joe leaves the world a better place than he found it and we will miss him.
To his family, my deepest condolences and prayer for your comfort in this time.
Don

Ranelle and Jeff Bensch
  
We will never forget the wonderful times and many lessons learned during our time with Uncle Joe. Although a short period in his outstanding life, he was such an influential person in our lives during our collegiate and post-college formative years. We are forever thankful for having known Joe. To his family, we think of you often and you have our deepest condolences.
Jeff and Ranelle

Robert Pratt
  
More than any other single person, Joe steered the course of my career at a critical time. In the fall of 1970, Joe was a guest speaker in one of my senior-level classes at CU in Boulder. I was so impressed with his grasp of the factors influencing the construction industry, and his sense of fairness, and his vision for positive solutions to problems facing the industry, that I wanted to go to work for him immediately after graduation. His advice to me was to go get 10 years of experience in the field with a contractor and then come back and talk to him. That was exactly what happened. He gave me a referral to a Denver-based general contractor client. I worked for them for 10 years, and in 1980, I became a proud employee of Kellogg Corporation. During my tenure at KC I got my first opportunity to testify as an expert witness. Since that time I have been blessed with continuous opportunities to be a consultant or testifying expert (and in a biblical sense "bear witness to the truth") in hundreds of construction cases. Joe was where I needed him to be over 40 years ago, and now I want each of his family members to know how much his spirit, and integrity, and mentoring has meant to me ever since. I had the opportunity to have lunch with him and some other Kellogg alumni a couple years ago, and I will never forget how wonderful it was to renew the connection. I will also never forget being a part of the "Kellogg Kraut Koncert Band and Ballet Society". I think I still have a cassette recording of our performance at one of the Kellogg Christmas parties. Indeed, as others have said, at Kellogg, we worked hard, but we had a lot of fun doing it.

My deepest sympathies and condolences to all members of Joe's family. Joe was truly a giant of a man, and he will be missed greatly.

Larry Gallegos
  
Joe is one of the finest individuals I had the pleasure to work with during my early career. My condolences to Joe's family and friends who I know will miss him greatly.

Mike Wilkinson
  
One of Joe Kellogg's many, many talents was speaking before an audience and he was very, very good. He could tell jokes like Johnny Carson and deliver his subject manner in a way that left the audience always wanting to hear more. Joe was Al Johnson's chief engineer when he hired me in 1964 -- a tour of duty that brought both of us to Colorado and the challenge of the Eisenhower Tunnel. And he hired me again in 1971 while he was creating the Kellogg Corporation. When I left Kellogg in 1990 Joe and I had known each other for 26 years. He taught me a lot. He was a good man.

Jeanne Ramer
  
My memory of Joe Kellogg was that he had a commanding presence and was such a nice person. Looking back, I really appreciate the opportunity I had to work for Kellogg Corporation because I learned so much. When I was leaving the company, he was in San Francisco and invited me to lunch. I was so impressed that he would make the time in his schedule to have lunch with me. I know his family, friends, peers and employees will miss him, and remember him with fondness.

Renee Gorman
  
Last year I visited Joe and Kris with my mother, Sally Johnson, (I'm sure you all remember her) and was amazed how good looking and engaging he still was and by how gracious Kris was. Thirty-six years ago when I worked at Kellogg Corp., while in highschool, my funniest memory is of running errands in his car, always trying to use the handbrake, but was not very good at it. Everyone at Kellogg Corp. joined together to make quite the family.

My mother worked hard for him and I know he was a great help to her while raising eight children on her own.

My prayers go out to his family. Kris, find strength and smiles in knowing how many people's lives he impacted and my best wishes to you for peace in the days ahead.

Tom Canino
  
I have known Joe for fourty five years. I have never heard him speak a word of anger or regret. His smile and the sound of his voice will always be with me.

Sally Johnson
  
Oh, Joe, you will be missed so much and by so many! Memories are endless of the times at Kellogg Corporation - the learning, his high expectations, the fun times and parties, and the opportunity of working with so many other nice and talented people. His disability was never a consideration or slowed him down. I consider him my mentor and have so much to thank him for. My sympathy to Kris, his daughters and other family members.


Matt Becica
  
Joe was a good friend and was always kind to me. Never selfish, he taught me the construction consulting business and gave me advice on how to be successful with my own consulting business. I have great memories of travelling with Joe for client meetings and for attending conferences. Joe had a way of making business travel and work fun and interesting. I attended several of the Beavers conventions with Joe and especially enjoyed meeting his friends in the industry and hearing Joe's stories as well as the stories others told of Joe. I learned that Joe was a giant in the industry and that he touched the hearts and lives of so many people, including mine.

Jim Weidinger
  

When I heard of Joe's passing, a flood of memories came back to me in an instant. I went to work for Joe at Kellogg Corporation in 1973, when there were ten employees total. Over the ten years I was with the firm, I learned so much about so many aspects of construction, and life in general, from Joe and others he had assembled, that I truly grew as a professional and as a person. When other Kellogg employees and I left to form our own competing firm, Joe had nothing but encouragement for our endevours. To be able to accomplish everything he did, with the physical limitations he had, was an amazing feat itself. He never let his physical problems interfere with traveling on business, using wheel chairs or crutches, or whatever else it took. He had the respect of everyone who interacted with him. One of my memories of Joe is that he was always late for the plane, and would have the redcaps with the motorized carts take him to the gate, with me also on board, calling ahead to "hold the plane for Mr. Kellogg," and they always would. As someone else said, I think of Joe and my time at Kellogg Corporation when I travel through the Eisenhower (or, as Joe called it "Straight Crick") Tunnel. I consider myself very fortunate to have known Joe and will miss him very much.

Kevin Oshiro
  
When I remember Uncle Joe, countless examples of a great man ... truly one of a kind ... lifts my spirit and prevents me from grieving. Laughter fills my soul, and I find comfort and strength in being led by his wisdom once again. Oh, to live a fraction of the life he did: seeing the good in every situation, giving you his very best, and choosing to forget all the rest. I am blessed and honored to have shared share six years with Uncle Joe and his loving family ... moments I will always cherish and be eternally grateful for. much Love - "kevis"