Joseph R. Humphrey – 51

Mt. Morris, IL, Joseph R. Humphrey, age 51, passed away suddenly in his Mt. Morris home after returning from Alaska. Joe was born January 25, 1967 in Dixon, IL the son of Ray “Doc” Humphrey & Kay Slater. Joe graduated from Mt. Morris High School, class of 1985 and loved being a Mounder. Joe filled this world with love, laughter and enthusiasm for every moment. He had an unbelievable and unconditional love for his family and friends. He loved living in Alaska, and was passionate about building his cabin home in Healy, Alaska with his family. A piece of paradise that they will be able to enjoy forever. Joe loved coming home to Mt. Morris, IL where it was always a treat for those of us still living here to get to see him. He was so proud that he got to play, camp, take hikes, teach, nap and cook with and for, his family and friends. Joe was always willing to help family and friends with projects. He always wanted to experience life as an adventure, living in the moment in every day. He wanted his children to experience that same adventure but was most proud of being a Dad and Grandpa Joe.
Joe is survived by his children: Cody Humphrey, Juneau, AK; Paige Humphrey (Stephen Baxter) , Machesney Park, IL; grandchildren: Carson and Parker Baxter, Machesney Park, IL; parents: Ray Doc (Brenda) Humphrey, Dixon, IL and Kay (Terry) Mageland, Janesville, IL; brothers and sisters: Gina (Eric) Siefert, Kenosha, WI, Susan (Mark) Meyer, Milton, WI, Bob (Carla) Humphrey, Bedias, TX, Fred (Stephanie) Butler, Janesville, WI, Bucky (Ashley) Humphrey, Dixon, IL, Tanya (Pat) Bushman, Polo, IL, Kim Toliver-Crawford, Dixon, IL. Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews; and his band of brothers that was his family outside his family.
Joe is preceded in death by his: Grandmothers: Caroline Humphrey and Kathryn Giblin; Aunts: Ginger Britz and Paula McCarns; Cousin: Roxanne Johnson.
Celebration of life will be held Saturday March 31, 2017 from 1:00 P.M. until the last to leave at the White Pines Dude Ranch, Oregon, IL. Cremation rites have been accorded with Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
In lieu of flowers memorials to be determined.

16 thoughts on “Joseph R. Humphrey – 51”

  1. My depest sympathy to the family he will be missed enjoy so much working with him for many years. He is a great person. God Bless

  2. Much love to Joe’s beloved family and many friends. I’m proud and lucky to have known him. All of MMHS ‘85 will keep him in our hearts.

  3. Our condolences to Cody, Paige and their families. The loss of Joe Huphreys is difficult to experience, but our Lord has called him to come home. Blessings Joe, rest peacefully Joe!

  4. So sorry for your loss. When Joe was in Cordova he got to be friends with my daughter Denise. Everybody her and her friend would make up a new name for him. So I stated calling him Million Man Name. Rest In Peace Joe. Now you are an Angel to watch over my daughter Denise.

  5. OMG!!! Just read about Joe passing.He was always, a wonder caring guy. He will be missed,didn’t make to many like him. May God bless his family and friends.Rest In Piece Joe. He is certainly God’s Angel now.

  6. Joe was one my my best Alaska friends and we hung out everyday for 18 months while he was working/living in Cordova. Lots of great adventures, epic hikes, high noon, and blaring the car horn while laughing. Thoughts and love to his family.

  7. Our family counts themselves lucky to have had the pleasure to know Joe. He was a bright light, and a truly happy soul. We enjoyed getting to know his family thru his love for them. My husband and I feel his loss to our extended family at Orca Adventure Lodge. Our hearts go out to Cody and all of Joe’s family. This loss cuts deep. Our love to all those left behind.

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