Joseph Ray DeCamp

February 27, 1968 - October 02, 2020

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Wednesday, October 07, 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Kendallville Event Center, 615 Professional Way, Kendallville


Thursday, October 08, 11:00 AM
Kendallville Event Center, 615 Professional Way, Kendallville


Joseph Ray DeCamp, 52, of Kendallville, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 2, 2020, at his home.

Joe never knew a stranger, was a friend to all, lit up the room with his smile, and loved big. His children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews were loved and cherished by him, more than words could ever express. They were his pride and joy above all else. He loved his Oakland Raiders, riding his Harley Davidson, singing, being a whiz at Jeopardy, and his pup, Rocko.

He was born on February 27, 1968, in Marion, Indiana, to the late Rev. Russell and Phyllis (Smith) DeCamp.

Joe had worked at Smoker Craft in New Paris, Group Dekko in Avilla, and most recently, CrossRoads RV in Topeka.

He left behind his four children, Danielle (Brandon) Wood, Sasha (Donald) Taylor, Damien DeCamp and his fiancé, Amy Beran-Hall, and Desiree DeCamp and her fiancé, Austin Jimenez all of Kendallville; 14 grandchildren, Raylynn Taylor, Ava Atz, Grey Taylor, Nathaniel Wood, Adley Taylor, Lindsey Wood, Edeyn Taylor, Aria Atz, Ava Woody, Joseph DeCamp, Lilah’Rose Jimenez, DJ DeCamp, Santana Jimenez, and Jude Wood; four brothers, Russell (Rosemary) DeCamp of Wolcottville; Mark (Marlene) DeCamp of Wawaka, Phillip (Rebecca) DeCamp of LaGrange, and Lawrence (Sarah) DeCamp of South Milford; a sister, Judy; the love of his life, Michelle Forker of Kendallville; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Joanne and Nancy.

Funeral services will be Thursday, October 8, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Kendallville Event Center, 615 Professional Way, Kendallville with Pastor Marc Buwalda of Pine Hills Kendallville officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Wolcottville.

Honorary pallbearers are Donald Taylor, Brandon Wood, Phillip DeCamp, Justin DeCamp, and Eric Bidwell. Active pallbearers are Damien DeCamp, Austin Jimenez, Lawrence DeCamp, Mark DeCamp, Scott Gose, and Russell DeCamp.

Calling is Wednesday, October 7, 2020, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Kendallville Event Center.

Per the Governor of Indiana, face masks are required to be worn.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the family for funeral expenses. Envelopes will be available.

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Scott Pawlowski
November 12th, 2020 5:06am
Rome City

Was a neighbor on Sylvan Lake in Rome City. Nothing but good times with & good memories of Joe. Very sorry to hear of his passing, my condolences to the family.

Gary W. Hostetler
October 8th, 2020 12:24am

worked with him at Coachmen, years ago. how I met him, CAN ONLY THINK GOOD MAN ALWAYS!!!!

Larry & Sandi Guenin
October 6th, 2020 5:58pm

Such a great person. Always had a smile and friendly personality!!! Our hearts go out to his family!

Mike n Pam Keister
October 6th, 2020 7:05am

Sorry for your loss your family is in our prayer. Joe was awesome guy so friendly n careing. Loved his Harley. He will be missed with his smile god bless

Renee Falc9ne
October 6th, 2020 2:37am

Truly sorry for your loss. Joe was a really nice guy.

Angel Williams
October 6th, 2020 1:25am

Love and prayers to all of you. Every time I saw Joe he a smile and a hug. God bless you all in the months ahead as you heal.

Jeannine Hart
October 6th, 2020 12:14am

Every time I would see Joe at the Breakfast House he would be reading his paper and drinking his coffee. Always had a smile to share. My heart goes out to his family. He will be missed. 🙏

Keith 'Abner" Pelfrey
October 5th, 2020 9:02pm
Goshen In.

Joe always had a smile to share and a helping hand to lend. I will miss his laugh and his stories.

Teresa & Larry Criswell
October 5th, 2020 5:19pm
Rome City

To all the family, So sorry for your loss. Joe was such a good, kind and gentle soul. He was a lifelong friend and he will be greatly missed. Love and prayers to you all. RIP our dear friend, we love you and will miss seeing you around

Heather argueta
October 5th, 2020 5:15pm

This just breaks my heart!!! Joe is such a sweet guy that his smile would light up a room! My thoughts and prayers are with the family.