Jerry Joe "Captain Joe" Jamison, 83, of Corydon, Indiana, and formerly of Beardstown, Illinois, passed away at 12:47 a.m. on Friday, July 15, 2022 in his home with his loving wife by his side.
He was born on March 23, 1939 in Beardstown, the son of Vernon Theodore and Ruth Leona (Anderson) Jamison. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, along with a sister in infancy and brother, Mike Jamison.
Joe graduated from Beardstown High School in 1957 and then continued on to McMurray State College for two years.
He loved and cherished spending time with his family. Joe loved sports of all types, but golf was his favorite and he was an avid golfer. He was a kind, distinguished person who never met a stranger and was always respectful of others.
Survivors include his wife, Judith Jamison; his daughters, Pamela Lyons (Jeff) of Clinton, Illinois, Penny Sturdy (Dave) of Rochester, Illinois, Patricia Nuding (Tad) of Rochester, Illinois; stepson, William Tucker (Rebecca) of New Albany, Indiana; stepdaughter, Stephanie Knepp (Justin) of Montgomery, Alabama; grandchildren, Gage, Geddy, Griffin, Courtney, Taylor, Andrew, Gwendolyn, Sophia and Samuel. Step grandchildren include Rosalee, Hazel, Caiden, Annabella and Paisley; Ten great grandchildren also survive with another on the way. Joe is also survived by sisters, Susan Hendricker of Mount Sterling, Illinois, Linda Buck (Don) of Jerseyville, Illinois; sister-in-law, Bonnie Jamison of Springfield, Illinois; and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
Joe has been working on the nation's waterways since he was 18. He once stated, "I don't have the river in my blood, it is my blood." He was a third generation river man who began his career in St. Louis and has held various positions over the years. In the mid 1990's he supervised the construction of vessels for Par-A-Dice Riverboat Casino in Peoria, Illinois, Casino Rouge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Blue Chip Casino based in Michigan City, Indiana. He later held command of the Caesar's Glory of Rome in Elizabeth, Indiana and the Miss Belterra in Florence, Indiana. For him, the challenging part of being on the river is that is constantly changed. He got to live his dream and pilot the Delta Queen, the Mississippi Queen and the American Queen steamboats. As a riverboat captain, he stated that what he liked most was getting to meet so many interesting people. He was well-respected and admired among his peers and a mentor and friend to all who knew him. A legend of the waterways, his legacy will live on in the river industry through many miles on the rivers and the various special projects that he was an integral part of throughout his career. He loved and admired his river family.
A celebration of life luncheon will be held at the Beardstown Elks Lodge #1007 located at 205 East 2nd St. in Beardstown, Illinois from 1:00 p.m until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2022. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt.Sterling is assisting the family with the local arrangements.
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