Joseph “Joe” “Sonny” John Kiral Jr., a native of Minnesota and longtime resident of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph John Kiral Sr. and Virginia Nagle Kiral. Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Elsie “Anne” Bourdet Kiral; his children: Richard Kiral (Tammy) of Hammond, Louisiana, Michelle Kiral of Prairieville, Louisiana and Michael Kiral of Hammond, Louisiana; his grandchildren: Caitlyn Kiral and Jamie Kiral of Hammond, Louisiana; his siblings: Wilma K. Mueller (Ron) of Winona, Minnesota, Raymond Kiral (Nancy) of Montgomery, Illinois and Lyle Kiral (Marylin) of Lewiston, Minnesota; sisters-in-law: Nancy Bourdet of Hammond, Louisiana and Catherine Bourdet of Metairie, Louisiana and many nieces, nephews and friends. Joe was a United States Air Force Veteran having served as a Radar Repairman. He graduated from Loyola University of New Orleans with a degree in Business. He was retired from Newark Electronics after 25 years and had also been employed by Sonoco at Shell Robert Training and Conference Center for more than 11 years. Joe had a lifelong love of fishing and often reminisced about the long walks he took with his Dad while hunting when he was growing up. He loved baseball, the LSU Tigers, the New Orleans Saints, and spent many a night sitting by his radio listening to ballgames, classic country and 1950s rock ‘n roll. He enjoyed working outdoors, particularly planting his vegetables. Visitation will be held Monday, May 16, 2022 at Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4900 Airline Dr., Metairie, Louisiana 70001 from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will take place at 2:30 p.m. followed immediately thereafter by interment in Garden of Memories Cemetery. To leave condolences or send flowers please visit www.gardenofmemoriesmetairie.com.
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