Joseph Lewis Campen (1951 - 2018)

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Mr. Joseph Lewis Campen peacefully passed away from a short battle with cancer, on July 15, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was born on May 15, 1951 to Lewis Whitfield Campen and Julia Elizabeth Pierog at Port Angeles, He graduated from Sequim High School in 1969 and earned an AA in Business from Peninsula College.

During his youth his family owned Campen's Stop Inn in Blyn where the Jamestown Longhouse is now located. When he was not working at the family restaurant, he was involved in youth baseball leagues, bowling leagues and cars. When he was an adult, he played softball for years, coached local youth Junior Babe Ruth teams, bowled on many different leagues and enjoyed his many friends.

He met his future wife, Laurie (Olson) Janssen at a bowling alley in 1981. They were married on September 27, 1997 in Sequim. Their relationship was a special one, because they were partners in everything that they did together. Due to Laurie's job, they worked on many catered events together and he enjoyed doing the cooking and taste testing of the food they were serving.

He was also involved with Sequim High School Band when his youngest daughter was in high school. He was a great band dad, driving equipment vans all around the state and even to California when the kids went to different competitions.

He worked as an electrical supply salesman at CED in Port Angeles over 20 years. He would go the extra mile to try and please his customers, which they appreciated. He retired from that job in October 2017. Laurie retired in February of 2018 and they did a lot of camping until Joe got too sick to travel.

He will be greatly missed by the Diamond Point car guys, his many camping friends, pinochle and cribbage buddies and his dog, Roxie.

Joe is survived by his wife, Laurie, step daughters Janette Bucholtz, Melody Janssen, daughter Katelyn (Tyler) Woods, son Richard (Kathleen) Campen, sister Bunny (John) Rudder, niece Julie Vanderschaegen (Val) and nephew Mark Meyer and half-brother Pat (Linda) Campen. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews

He is also survived by his grandchildren Amber, Ashley and Austin Bucholtz, Alissa Kreuscher, Jacob Adams and Aubrey and Ryan Campen. A great-grandchild is due in February, 2019.

He is preceded in death by his parents Julia, Lewis, step father Carl Gafvert, and half-sister Joanne Ferber.

There will be a Celebration of Life at Sky Ridge Golf Course on Sunday August 19 from 3 to 6 pm. Please drop in and say goodbye to a great husband, friend and family man.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on July 29, 2018
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