Joseph Van Camp, 53

Joseph E. Van Camp, age 53, of Belleville, and formerly of Mendon, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Sep. 9, 2009 at his home. 

He was born in Muncie, Ind., on May 15, 1956, the son of James E. and Clova H. (Porter) Van Camp.  The family moved to Mendon in 1968 where Joseph graduated from Mendon High School with the class of 1975, and later graduated from Glen Oaks Community College.

Joseph has been a pilot for the past 35 years, flying for Wolverine, Reliant, Kalitta, Ameristar, and Primaris Airlines.  He was an active member of the Three Rivers Free & Accepted Masons Mt. Hermon Lodge #24, and Ypsilanti Lodge #54; past member of  the Centreville Salathial Chapter #11 R & AM where he served as Past Master and High Priest;  past TIM Nebuzaradan Council #6 R & SM; past member Sturgis Columbia Commandery #18.  He was also a member of the Three Rivers Order of Eastern Star Chapter #210.  Joseph was a avid fisherman and was a Corvette enthusiast. He was also a Green Bay Packer fan, and enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews.

Joseph is survived by one sister, Tomi Van Camp-Harrison (Forest Jr.) of Zanesville, Ind.; one brother, Peter Van Camp (Judy) of Mendon; one half-brother, James Earl Van Camp of Delphi, Ind.; seven nieces and nephews, Adam and Jennifer Harrison, Sarah and Megan Van Camp, Spencer Schrader, Mike Van Camp, and Melissa Morin.  He was preceded in death by his parents, James in 1978, and Clova in 1987.

The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the Eickhoff funeral Home in Mendon.  Masonic rites and funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Elm Ridge Cemetery in Muncie, Ind., at 3:30 p.m.. Monday.

 If desired, memorials may be directed to F. & A.M. Mt. Hermon Lodge #24.  Online register is available and condolences may be left at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com

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