Joe L Sinko

August 28, 1935 ~ January 7, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Joe Sinko Obituary

“Joe L Sinko passed away peacefully early January 7, 2023 surrounded by his loving family and caregivers. 

Joe was born in Myrtle point on August 28, 1935 to his parents, Frank and Mary Sinko. He has a younger sister, Sudy Lamb, and younger brother, Douglas Sinko. 

After graduating from Myrtle Point High School in 1953, Joe went on to acquire two degrees from Oregon State University. One degree in Agriculture/Milk Processing and the other degree in Business and Technology / Business Administration. It was during his studies at OSU, he met the love of his life, Karen Slate, on a blind date setup by Karen’s aunt, Nancy Perrott, at an OSU basketball game. 

Following graduation, he and Karen Married at St. James Episcopal Church in Coquille, Oregon on June 30th, 1957.

Joe and Karen settled in Roseburg, Oregon where they lived for 10yrs and had all 5 of their children; Darcel (1958), Teresa (1960), William (1962), Bradford (1964) & Cynthia (1965). 

Joe worked at Meadowbrook Dairy where he managed and produced milk & ice cream.

Eventually Joe’s work in the dairy industry uprooted he and his family from Oregon to many locations both in and out of the United States where he partnered and managed many dairy operations.

Joe and Karen have always considered Oregon their true home, so when the opportunity arose for them in 1989 to purchase a convenience store in Bandon, Oregon, they happily returned to the beautiful beach town. 

Joe soon started consulting for west coast dairies and took a particular interest in the Bandon Cheese Factory. 

Joe and his partner Leo took ownership of the historic cheese factory in the early 1990’s. Joe loved every minute of managing and producing cheese until he sold and retired in the year 2000.

When Joe was not working he could usually be found in his well tended garden growing delicious vegetables and beautiful flowers or working in his wood shop creating gorgeous pieces of furniture and art. Joe loved hiking his beautiful surroundings, golfing with friends and family and especially taking his grandkids on “grand & glorious adventures”.

Joe is survived by his loving wife, Karen Sinko, his 5 children and their spouses, Darcel (sp. Dean Thornblad), Teresa (sp. Steve Tyrrell), William (sp. Gina Sinko), Bradford (sp. Sarah Sinko), Cynthia (sp. John Savarese), his 12 grandchildren; Melissa Gutierrez, Cruz Joseph Gutierrez, Stephanie Holland, Jacob Thornblad, Jessica Tyrrell, Rachel Tyrrell, Brittany Sinko, Tiffany Provenghi, Nicholas Sinko, Maxwell Sinko, Tyler Savarese, Matthew Savarese and his 9 great grandchildren; Nicholas, Cruz, Autumn, Elijah, Emma, Levi, Everett, Jaxon and Rhea.

Joe loved his family, friends and Bandon community dearly. His sister Sudy said that Joe left a large imprint on all who knew him. 


Services for Joe Sinko will be held at Bandon Community Center aka “The Barn” on Saturday, February 11th, 2023, at 11:30am


In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to be sent to a few of Bandon’s community nonprofits that Joe took particular interest in. Please check back for the website links to be uploaded very soon.”

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