Joseph Isaiah Oehmen, 14 of Wanatah, passed away tragically as a result of a car accident on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. He was born April 16, 2008, in Valparaiso to Bryant and Angela (Slagle) Oehmen. Joey was a 9th grade student at South Central High School in Union Mills, where he was a talented athlete on the basketball court and baseball field. He was active in travel ball and played for the Duneland Flyers, Clinton Township Baseball, and Valpo Crusaders, among others. Joey loved sports and excelled when he played. He also enjoyed gaming and playing Fortnite. Joey could be shy if he didn’t know you, but he was a comedian amongst friends. Joey’s smile was contagious and lit up whatever room he was in. He had a happy go lucky personality and a kind heart. The world is a better place because Joey was in it. He will live on in the hearts of those he touched while he was here.
Joey is survived by his father, Bryant Oehmen; siblings: Jacob and Abby Oehmen; grandparents: Raymond and Charlotte Slagle, and Robert and Theresa Oehmen; and a host of loving extended family members, friends, and classmates. He was preceded in death by his uncle, Adam Morgan; and great grandparents. Joey’s mother, Angie Oehmen, passed away alongside him.
A visitation will be held on Monday, October 10, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Valparaiso Baptist Church, 612 Emmettsburg St., Valparaiso, with a memorial service beginning at 7:00 p.m. The family encourages everyone to come as you are or wear a sports jersey, ball cap, or hoodie. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made for the education of Joey’s siblings. Checks may be made payable to Ashley Medley, please write “Oehmen Family” in the memo line and send to Horizon Bank, 113 W. First St., Wanatah, IN 46390.
Bryant Jacob and Abby. So many wonderful memories in our lives include your family. We feel blessed to have known Angie and Joey. Keep the beautiful memories Alice. Remember the good times because those will outweigh the bad. We are here for all of you anytime. -Jeff and Kim Newburn
Although I was your Aunt for a short time, my heart is hurting right now. Rest in peace Angela and Joey. May the Lord provide strength and comfort during this difficult time. -Julie Nasserjah
I can't express how deeply saddened I am about your loss. No words can ever take away the pain and suffering your fault is going through. While I knew Angela for a brief time it was very obvious that she was a devoted mother and wife. I will forever miss hearing her call for her mother at work when they'd be joking around with each other. Charlotte and Ray, you raised a tremendous Daughter who always put others first. To her husband and children. It was very well known how much she loved all of you. Always boasting of her children's successes in anything they put their minds to and how she was one of the few to have married her high school sweetheart. I hope and pray that God's love will help you all through this terrible time. -Robert Raymond