Obit: King, Joseph
Thunder "King of Thunder" (1863 - 1940)
Contact: Crystal Wendt
Surnames: King, Stucki
----Sources: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thurs., 1 Aug. 1940
King, Joseph Thunder "King of Thunder" (1863 - 28 July 1940)
Joseph Thunder King, more general known as King of Thunder passed away Sunday, July 28, at 1:00 a.m. at the old Mission, at Black River Falls where he served as an elder for many years.
King of Thunder was born near Humbird in 1863, shortly after the Winnebago Indians tribes returned from the west where they were sent after the government took over their lands, their great love for home and freedom bringing them back to Wisconsin.
He was one of the first four Winnebago Indians converted at the Mission under Rev. Jacob Stucki. The conversions were made in 1898, after twenty years of missionary work among these people.
He was twice married and had a large number of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
About 20 years ago he began to suffer with eye trouble, being totally blind for the past eight years. His wife is blind also.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Mission at Black River Falls, Rev. Benjamin Stucki conducting the services.
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