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Charles Arthur "Charlie" Cameron
Charles Arthur "Charlie" Cameron, was born December 16, 1930 in Maplewood, Missouri to Gibson and Eva Cameron. His family moved to Hecker, Illinois in 1945, where Charlie attended Waterloo High School. There he met Shirley Josten, who on November 18, 1950 became his wife and life-long partner of 68 years.
During his life journey Charlie was the beloved father to son Dr. Mark Cameron, and daughters, Debbie (Peter) Egan and Gale (Glenn) Wetzler. As well as a grandfather to Drs. Ryan (Elisa) Wetzler, Justin (Sarah) Wetzler, and Sam Egan and great grandfather to Mason, Logan, & Ava Wetzler and Cameron & Henry Wetzler. As a father, he always was there for his children and was proud of his children, as they were of him.
Charles enjoyed many years of watching his grandsons play baseball in grade school, high school, and beyond.
Charlie is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He served during the Korean War period as a radar expert in the Strategic Air Command. He would tell many stories about his years of service, including his very early service as an 11 year old with his father who helped by working for a defense plant after school and in the evenings during WW II.
Charlie believed deeply in services to other as could be seen in his volunteer community work. Charlie served 12 years as a board member and president for 4 years for the Waterloo School District #5, as Hecker Village Board member for 9 years and the United Church of Christ Board for 15 years.
His professional life was all about the railroads. Charlie worked diligently and moved up the ranks in various railroads during his career. He started as a clerk of the Illinois Terminal Railroad and retired after 40 years as Director of Industrial Inter-Carrier Contract/Rates and Divisions.
He is survived by his loving wife, son, daughters, three grandsons, & five great grandchildren. The grandsons, just as his children were proud of his dedication to family. They received much time and love from their grandfather and all 3 boys have continued in his path that includes a love for baseball, aspiring career goals, and dedication to community and to family.
In continuing his service to others, Charlie has dedicated his body to science through St. Louis University.
As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to:
Arthritis Foundation, Frieden's United Church of Christ - Hecker, IL, or Donor's Choice
1 PM Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Cedarhurst Assisted Living
526 Legacy Drive, Waterloo, IL 62298
Pastor Ivan Horn officiating
Dear Shirley and family, Our sympathy to you and your family on your loss of your husband, father, grandfather. He lived a long, happy life with all of you.
Nancy Pabst-Oliver and
Nancy & Martin Oliver Nov 24 2018 12:00 AM
CONDOLENCES AND SYMPATHY [ Charly finally found the bus out of here he mentioned from time to time]
AARON and SAMANTHA BANKENSHIP Nov 18 2018 12:00 AM
Dearest Shirley and Family ===
My fond memory of Charlie is riding in the carpool with him from Hecker to St. Louis with Alice and Joyce. Back in the late 70s, I was fresh out of high school but even then I could appreciate his dry sense of humor and sharp wit. God rest your soul, Charlie!
With sincerest condolences...
Annie Wittenauer Lovelace Nov 17 2018 12:00 AM
May I offer my condolences to you and your family.
God Bless you.
Arline Wittenauer Nov 17 2018 12:00 AM
My prayers are with you, Shirley & Gale, and also the rest of the family. Charlie was loved by so many people. He was a tremendous asset to the community, as well as being a loving father and grandfather. Shirley, you and Charlie were a perfect pair. He will be missed by all who knew him. It is fitting that he passed on Veteran's Day.
Joyce Koetting Nov 15 2018 12:00 AM
An Indoor Garden Basket was ordered on November 15, 2018
Expression of Sympathy Nov 15 2018 12:00 AM
Dear Shirley and every member of the family, you have my deepest condolences on Charlie's passing. I won't be able to make Memorial but I'll be there in spirit. What We Keep in Memory is Ours FOREVER
Peggy Minemann Nov 14 2018 12:00 AM
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. May God bless you all at this very difficult time.
Rita Hubbs Nov 14 2018 12:00 AM
My deepest sympathy the the Cameron families. I carpooled with Charlie for many years. He was a beautiful and caring person. Many prayers to all of you. Eileen Curran, nee, Ruhmann
Eileen (Ruhmann) and Chuck Curran Nov 13 2018 12:00 AM
A SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent on November 13, 2018
With our deepest sympathy, Waterloo CUSD #5 Board of Education
Expression of Sympathy Nov 13 2018 12:00 AM