William “Bill” Allan DesCamps, 64, of Aberdeen, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2020, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND, shortly after suffering a massive stroke.
Mass of Christian burial will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 22, 2020, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 409 2nd Avenue NE, Aberdeen, with Father Michael Griffin, Celebrant and Reverend Donald Glover, M.M. and Deacon Pete Mehlhaff con-celebrating.
Burial will take place at the Westport Cemetery, Westport, SD, at a later date.
Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary & Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Friday, at the mortuary, with a liturgical wake service beginning at 7:00 p.m. Visitation continues one hour prior to Mass at the church on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Avera Health Farm and Rural Stress Hotline at http://www.avera.org/services/behavioral-health/farmer-stress-hotline/ or the charity of your choice.
Family and friends may sign Bill’s online guestbook and also view his service via the live stream service link at www.schriversmemorial.com.
William “Bill” Allan DesCamps was born October 28, 1955, to John and Margaret “Peg” (Walker) DesCamps at St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, SD. Due to his mother’s Rh negative blood type, Bill had low odds of survival and within hours of his birth underwent one of the first successful complete blood transfusions in the region. He was his parents’ “miracle baby.”
Bill grew up on the family farm east of Barnard and was a member of the Sacred Heart Church at Westport. He graduated from Frederick High School in 1973. During his high school athletic career, he was a state champion discus thrower and standout football player. He went on to play football at Northern State University for two years.
While at Northern, Bill met Rosemary Kealey and, after a whirlwind romance, they were united in marriage in Sioux Falls, SD, on May 16, 1975.
Following college, he managed the local record store, Stereo Town, and then put his charisma to use as a car salesman at Lust Chevrolet. In 1981, they welcomed a daughter, Megan, and he moved his young family to the Barnard and Frederick area. A son, Tyson, followed in 1986. There, he farmed for nearly a decade before returning to car sales at the Aberdeen Chrysler Center and Johnson Motors.
In 1990, Bill returned to the agriculture sector for the remainder of his career - working as a commodity broker, branch manager, loan account manager, and marketing manager with organizations throughout the region. At the time of his death, he was a merchandiser for Anchor Ingredients based out of Fargo, ND.
While raising his family in Frederick, Bill was an involved member of his community. He served as President of the Elm Valley PTA, Frederick Town Board Member, and lector and CCD teacher at Sacred Heart Church at Westport. In 1996, the family moved to Aberdeen where he was also involved in the Roncalli School community.
Bill was not only proud of his children’s athletic endeavors, but also volunteered much of his time to support all youth athletics. He spent many hours at the Frederick Baseball Field - grooming the diamond, umpiring youth baseball games, and coaching girls softball teams. He also assisted the Roncalli High School track team throwing squad and youth wrestling program.
Bill shared his talent and love of cooking with friends, family and coworkers. He was famous for his prime rib and his grilling, particularly his Billy Burgers and pork ribs. He was known to say “Never trust a skinny cook” and rarely let anyone leave the table without being full of both food and good cheer. Bill was known for his incredible sense of humor - the type you work a lifetime to perfect but that came to him effortlessly. It was witty and smart, never (or at least rarely) low-brow, and never at the expense of others - except for maybe himself. He was proud to be a kind and generous friend to all and also proud of his 34 years of sobriety.
Grateful for sharing his life are his wife, Rose of Aberdeen; daughter, Megan of Washington, DC; and son, Tyson (Holly) of Aberdeen; granddaughters, Kealey and Waverly DesCamps; his mother, Peg DesCamps of Aberdeen; sisters, Kay (Mike) Miesen of Orange City, IA; and Sally (Paul) Tafoya of Pueblo, CO; uncles, Allan (Shirley) Walker of Sun City, AZ and Richard (Carol) Walker of Summerfield, FL; aunt, Joyce DesCamps of Aberdeen; and many nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, John DesCamps; sister, Sharon Garcia; five infant siblings; two uncles; and four aunts.
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