Caleb Michael "Catfish" Joyner

Born: Tue., May 12, 1981
Died: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Nov. 15, 2017
Location: Shirley & Stout
Lincoln Road Chapel

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Thu., Nov. 16, 2017
Location: Calvary Baptist Church

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Caleb Michael “Catfish” Joyner, 36, Avon, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, Illinois.  He was born May 12, 1981, in Kokomo, to Ken and Mary (Taylor) Joyner. 

Caleb graduated from Carroll High School in 2000 and earned his associates degree in biblical studies from Johnson Bible College.  He was an entrepreneur and owner/operator of Joyner Construction who enjoyed woodworking and was a true craftsman. Caleb was adventurous and had a love of the outdoors.  He enjoyed shooting sports, hunting, fishing at Eagle Lake in Canada and had achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts. Caleb was an organ donor and was able to save five lives with the donation of his organs.  More than anything else, he cherished spending time with his children.

Survivors include his fiancé, Katie Lechner; children, Eden, Adaleigh, Gavin, and August Joyner; parents, Ken and Mary Joyner; siblings, Jon (Robyn) Joyner and Kirk Joyner; grandmother, JoAnn Taylor; several aunts and uncles; and a host of cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William Joseph Ewing, Mary Lou Gordon and Glen Taylor.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 16, at Calvary Baptist Church, 1967 W. Boulevard St., Kokomo, with Pastor Butch Hart officiating.  Burial will follow in Ball Hill Cemetery.  Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Rd., Kokomo.  Memorial contributions may be made to his favorite charity, The Water Project.  Messages of condolence may be expressed online at  

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Richard and Susan Stevens
   Posted Sun November 12, 2017
Ken, Mary, Jon, Robyn and Caleb's family, we are devastated by the news of Caleb's terrible accident and death. Please know that we are praying for you and thinking of you with deepest sympathy.

Mrs. Kevin Snyder
   Posted Sun November 12, 2017
Ken & Mary;
The Lord will hold you tightly, and ever so close to his beating
God is Sovereign
Karen Snyder & Andrew W. Hopkins

Carolyn Slavey Mckay
   Posted Mon November 13, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your son. No parent should have to go thru this. I'm sure he has a special place in heaven . My prayers are with you and your family. God be with you all.

Sandra (Beard) Gaiser
   Posted Mon November 13, 2017
Praying for you and your family Kenny. It is the hardest thing you will ever go through. Stay fast in your faith and feel God's comfort, Peace and Love.

Kurt & Ronda (Copp) Dellinger
   Posted Mon November 13, 2017
Ken and Mary,
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bill and Connie Salsbery
   Posted Mon November 13, 2017
Dear Ken and Mary,
We are so saddened and heartbroken over your tragic loss of Caleb. We are in Israel on a trip and will not be there to see you, but please know our hearts and prayers are with you! Bill and Connie Salsbery

Mary Kelly
   Posted Mon November 13, 2017
Ken and Mary,

My heart breaks for you!!! Know you and Caleb's children are in my prayers.

Mary Kelly

Mary Neff
   Posted Mon November 13, 2017

GARDEN PATH was sent by Mary, Steve, Laura, and Matthew Neff.

We are so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Caleb. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Much love, Mary, Steve, Laura, and Matthew Neff

Lloyd and Linda Hinkle
   Posted Tue November 14, 2017
So sorry for the loss of your son. Just remember that he will forever be in your heart. There will be times that you will remember things and laugh and other times you will cry. Just rely on the Lord to get you through this time and keep your faith strong.
You and your wife and family are in our prayers.

Liz Nielander
   Posted Tue November 14, 2017
Ken & Mary and Family,
My prayers are with you at this time. Sometimes it is hard to understand Why but When you know the Lord it sure helps. I hope to see you On Wed Evening.
Liz Nielander

Anne Lechner
   Posted Tue November 14, 2017

GRANDMOTHER'S GARDEN REMEMBERED was sent by Mr. and Mrs Peterson.

To Katie Lechner and Ken and Mary Joyner and family, Our deepest sympathy on the sudden passing of Caleb Joyner. We are with you in prayer. From Katie's Aunt and Uncle in the Pacific NorthWest, John Peterson and Anne (Lechner) Peterson

Jon & Brenda Stitzel
   Posted Tue November 14, 2017
Ken, Mary and family,

We are deeply sadden by the sudden loss of Caleb. Our hearts ache with you but rejoice that Caleb is with his Lord and Savior. We pray that God will comfort your hearts and that God will use Caleb's testimony to those he left behind. We are sure he is enjoying his new home in heaven and pray that God will use his life to be a testimony to many others.

Jon and Brenda

Chuck henke
   Posted Wed November 15, 2017
Dear Ken and Mary,I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son.I pray that Gods grace and comfort be with you all thru this most difficult of times. Please accept robins and my sincere condolences. Chuck and Robin henke

Amanda Stout
   Posted Wed November 15, 2017
My deepest sympathy and condolences.

Let His Love overtake you
Caleb is Home
That overwhelming joy that Jesus gives
he is in that fullness now

The brokenness that surrounds
Is not greater then His power
His love
His amazing healing touch

Our God heals in ways we don't understand
Even through the many pieces we have become
In our moments of despair

Hear Him
Our God is calling
Calling to bring completeness in the lives affected so deeply

Surround yourself in His presence
Praise His name for He is worthy
For comfort and peace that will bring to your souls

Doug Crawford
   Posted Wed November 15, 2017
Ken and Mary,

My friend I am so sorry to hear of Caleb's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.