Joe was preceded in death by his wife Bessie Lee and three siblings Theresa, Ernest, Roger and by his grandson Kristopher and nephew David.
Joe is survived by his three children: daughter Lyn Chambers of St. Peter, Missouri ; son Raymond Cormier (Irina) of Port Deposit, Maryland; and daughter Marguerite Cormier (Jeanne) of Worcester, Massachusetts; his siblings Edna (Donnie Casey), Robert (Carol), John (Ginette); as well as by his three grandchildren Joe, Kat and Elizabeth; and three great-grandchildren Alexis, Xavier and Zayden; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Joe enlisted in US Army in 1947 and was a veteran of the Korean War where he fought in the battle of Chosin Reservoir. Joe was also a veteran of the Vietnam War and spent much of his military career in Special Forces. In 1957 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he met the love of his life Bessie Lee. They were married in September of 1957. Together they moved many times and had plenty of adventures while Joe finished his career in the Army, and finally retired in 1970 as a Command Sargent Major.
For almost twenty years Joe and his wife lived in Tooele, Utah, and during this time he became a deacon in the Catholic Church. For many years he served at St. Marguerite parish of Tooele. Later in life Joe moved to Conowingo, Maryland, where he resided for the last several years.
Joe was always a valuable and vibrant member of every community he lived in. He loved to help people, he was always there for everyone who needed advice, support or just to be heard. He was a dedicated and an extremely active lifelong supporter of the Catholic Church. Joe was a passionate reader, RV traveler, sports fan and loved westerns. He loved his family and was loved back.
A viewing will be held at St. Marguerite Church, Tooele, Utah, Aug. 4, 2022, from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., following at noon with a funeral mass.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital or Smile Train charity, two of Joe’s favorite charities.