Joe Hernandez, III

Obituary of Joe Hernandez, III

Joe Hernandez, III, age 36, of Joliet, and formerly of Oswego, passed away Tuesday, September 14, 2021, on his ninth wedding anniversary, at Edward Hospital, Naperville, following a courageous battle with esophageal cancer.

Joe was born July 31, 1985 in Aurora, IL, to Joe and Alba (Santiago) Hernandez.  He was raised in Oswego and was a graduate of Oswego High School.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, where he was a standout baseball player and scholarship athlete.  While attending EIU, he was visited frequently by major league scouts until an injury his sophomore year sidelined his baseball career.

Long before he joined the Joliet Police Department six and one-half years ago as a Patrolman, Badge #289, and member of the Honor Guard, he demonstrated his work ethic and dedication to advancing his career with Acceleration Sports Performance, XSport Fitness, and Oberweis Dairy.  

Joe was a wonderful, loving and caring husband, father, son, brother and uncle.  His family felt blessed and he made his family proud.  He was a fearless protector and a wonderful provider who greeted everyone with open arms and evoked a sense of calm in all his interactions.  He enjoyed fishing, had a passion for reptiles, and most recently, took up cooking and mastering his smoker.  

Joe’s legacy and leadership will live on in OVCM, Inc.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Anna (Campobasso) Hernandez of Joliet; his three adoring sons, Ayden, Giovanni and Lincoln, all at home; his parents, Joe and Alba (Santiago) Hernandez, Jr. of Oswego; one sister, Yvette Hernandez of Oswego; his grandmothers, Alba Santiago and Alicia Hernandez; his wife’s parents, Vincenzo and Carmela Campobasso of Plainfield; his wife’s siblings, Marisa (Jesse Pinedo) Campobasso, Michael Campobasso, Giuseppe “Joey” (April) Campobasso, and Jonathan (Melissa) Campobasso; two nieces and four nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Luis Santiago and Joe C. Hernandez; and Anna’s grandparents, Giuseppe and Anna DiDonna.

Visitation for Joe Hernandez will be held Monday, September 20, 2021 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Road, Joliet.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., from the funeral home to St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Plainfield, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will be in Risen Lord Cemetery, Oswego.

Face masks will be required at both the funeral home and the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to an education fund for the benefit of his sons would be appreciated. 

For more information, please call (815) 741-5500, or visit his Memorial Tribute at



2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday, September 20, 2021
Fred C. Dames Funeral Homes - Joliet
3200 Black at Essington Roads
Joliet, Illinois, United States
(815) 741-5500

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church
15629 Illinois Route 59
Plainfield, Illinois, United States


12:45 pm
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Risen Lord Cemetery
1501 Simons Road
Oswego, Illinois, United States

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to an education fund for the benefit of his sons would be appreciated.
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