October 26, 2020
1:00 - 2:00 PM
October 26, 2020
- 2:00 PM
Joseph’s service livestream will start at 1:30 PM Monday, October 26, 2020.
Joseph John Camery (West Fargo, ND), age 66, died October 17th, 2020 at Essentia Health in Fargo, ND after complications from a long, seven-year battle with cancer.
“Joey” was born on April 2nd, 1954 to Agnes K. Blum and Morgan P. Camery in Mankato, MN. He grew up in Le Sueur, MN where his mischievous spirit kept his parents and siblings on their toes. During his youth he was an altar boy, a boy scout, had a paper route, worked for local farmers in the summer and was a championship wrestler. Joe often annoyed his teammates with his big appetite by eating whatever he wanted before an upcoming match. He thought if he had to wrestle in a higher weight class, that wasn’t a big deal. His big appetite and laid-back attitude would be traits he was well known for throughout his life. He graduated from Le Sueur High in 1972 and was inducted into the Le Sueur- Henderson Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.
After high school, Joe spent some time at Winona State University. Around this time, he was a successful crop and hail insurance salesman. He also spent time working for Distel Grain putting up grain bins around the countryside.
Joe moved to Moorhead, MN in 1981 and soon after welcomed two daughters. In the late 80’s, Joe moved to Fargo, ND. There he met his partner, Deb Sandbeck, gained two step-sons, and welcomed his third daughter. They eventually made their home in West Fargo. He worked as a talented, self-taught carpenter and started Camery Construction. Joe was not only smart, but lucky. His “nine lives” helped him survive two nail-gun ‘incidents’ and several ER visits from his jobs.
Joe’s magnetic personality provided many life-long friendships. Joe was happiest having a beer with friends and family and enjoying live music, “dark and smokey atmospheres”, fishing, and bonfires. Joe always brought fun, laughter, and fireworks to any event. You really had to be on full alert in the backyard because a firecracker could be lit at any time. Joe loved telling a good story as much as he loved living one. You could always tell when the story was good because he would throw his shoulders into a good laugh.
He could often be found in the garage no matter what season. You could hear the music from the garage year-round: Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Bob Seger, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones. Everyone was welcome in Joe’s garage- he was quick to offer you a five-gallon bucket to sit on and reluctantly offer you one of his Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups. In addition to candy, Joe was known to put down a dozen donuts in a sitting. When his youngest daughter started working at Sandy’s Donuts in West Fargo, he would often greet her after a shift with a hearty, “Where’s my donuts?”.
Joe loved being a Dad and was overjoyed when he became a grandfather. Shouts of “Papa Joe!” by the grandkids could be heard as they showed up to Nana and Papa’s place. He could be found on Holidays playing with the kids and sitting at the kids’ table. He was almost always the last one sitting at the table, eagerly finishing everyone’s leftovers. He was known to sneak a bite from your plate if you weren’t quick enough and say, “What does this taste like?” or “Are you gonna eat that?”
Joe lived life at his own pace. He was known to love a good break- “take five” he’d say. Sometimes the breaks would last a little longer than they should. When asked about returning to the task at hand he was known to say, “not today anymore.”
Joe, Dad, Papa Joe- however you knew him- he left a huge imprint on your heart and he will be missed dearly. We wanted more time, but cancer said …not today anymore.
He is survived by his partner Deb Sandbeck and children, Abby (Jim) Lewis, Elizabeth (Bryan) Voss, Leah Camery (John Ferrie), Dan Sandbeck (Brandie Goulet), Adam (Andy) Sandbeck; his siblings, Vicki (Jim) Weber, Sue (Tom) Doherty, Jim (Tammy Tollefson) Camery, Tom (Miranda) Camery, Kristin Camery; and 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Pete and Bill Camery.
Funeral will be held Monday, October 26th at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo, ND with a visitation at 1 pm and Celebration of Life at 2 pm. Masks are required and will be provided if you don’t have one. Efforts have been taken to allow people to spread out and still hear and see the service throughout the funeral home for social distancing. He kindly ask to minimize hugging, hand shaking, etc. in an effort keep everyone healthy. We completely understand if you do not feel comfortable attending the service. A livestream of the service will start at 1:30pm and the recording of the service will be available, as well. We also plan to have a Celebration of Life in Le Sueur, MN next spring or summer.