Joseph Van Sumeren

1955 to 2019

Joseph R. Van Sumeren, father, Marine and 29 Palms resident, passed away unexpectedly in his home last week.

Known for his off-kilter humor and larger-than-life personality, Joe leaves a legacy of loyal service and friendship in his wake.

He was born to Betty Thompson and Joseph Van Sumeren in 1955 in Bay City, Michigan, the middle child of nine siblings. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1978, serving with honor and distinction for 19 years.

Upon his retirement from the Marine Corps, he continued to serve the Marines as a civil servant until his retirement in March 2019.

When he wasn’t at the bowling alley or on the shooting range, Joe enjoyed spending his time with his daughter, riling up and spoiling her cats and dogs. He is survived by his daughter, Katie Fleischman, his two grandchildren in utero, his son-in-law, Chris, and his sisters.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at the First Assembly of God Church, 73331 Sullivan Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Theatre 29 or any other nonprofit organization of your choice.