Joseph M. McKamey
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Great Falls —Joseph Michael McKamey, 62, a retired M.A.N.G. firefighter and longtime rancher, passed away peacefully in his home on February 18, 2014, after a four year battle with prostate cancer.
Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 21 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at Croxford Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be Saturday the 22nd at 10 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1401 9th St NW. Committal with military honors will follow in Highland Cemetery.
Joe was born on August 18, 1951 to George and Catherine Ada (Turner) McKamey in Great Falls, MT. Joe grew up working on the McKamey Ranch and attended Emerson Elementary and Paris Gibson schools in Great Falls. While attending Cascade High School, he was active in band and F.F.A. He graduated from CHS in 1969.
In 1969, Joe joined the Montana Air National Guard and was assigned to the 120th Civil Engineering Flight, specializing in Crash Fire Rescue. In 1972, he graduated from Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho with an associate's degree in welding. He attended BYU in Provo, Utah and earned a bachelor's degree in manufacturing and engineering technology in 1973. From 1976-1978, Joe served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Arkansas-Little Rock Mission. After his mission he returned to the McKamey Ranch and would continue to work there until his illness prevented him from doing so. Joe retired from the Air National Guard in 1995 and from firefighting in 2011.
Joe married Laverne (Ernie) Farnsworth March 7, 1981. From their union, Joe and Ernie were blessed with four daughters: Kori, Kayla, Kimberly, and Karissa. They divorced in 1995.
Joe married Corliss Johnson on October 2, 1999 in Cascade, MT.
Joe was active in his community and church.
Joe is survived by his wife of almost 15 years, Corliss McKamey; his children Kori (Luke) LaLiberty, Kayla (Jared) Peterson, Kimberly (Van) Oakes, Karissa McKamey, Melissa (Mike) Robohn, Kay (Leo) Wild, Dan (Cara) Johnson, Hayley (John) Barnes, Sarah (Casey) Anderson; 15 grandchildren; sisters Claire Roehm, Ruth Starkey, and brothers Les McKamey, Alvin McKamey and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials in Joe's name can be made to the Children's Receiving Home, PO Box 1061, Great Falls, MT 59403 or to
, PO Box 78960, Phoenix, AZ 85062-8960.
Condolences to the family may be shared at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com
Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory
1307 Central Avenue Great Falls, MT 59401
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Feb. 20, 2014