Albert “Abe” Lee Cameron, 92, of Basco, passed away Tuesday morning, October 8, 2019, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
Albert was born December 10, 1926, the son of Lee and Tillie (McIlmoil) Cameron in Loraine, Illinois. He graduated from Elvaston High School. On November 20, 1948, he was united in marriage to Louella Wilson. In 1949 Albert was called into Army active duty serving in France, Germany and Okinawa. He received his Honorable Discharge in 1950. After the death of Louella in 1999 Abe was united in marriage to Marilyn Launer Wachtendorf on May 26, 2001. She survives. Albert had worked for F.S. Farm Service in Macomb retiring in 1988.
Albert enjoyed the great out of doors. Through the years he enjoyed camping, boating and riding his motorcycle. He had a passion for gardening and bird watching. Albert was a wood carver and enjoyed carving western art and wildlife. He could always be found Wednesday evenings for chicken night at The Office in Basco. Albert loved his family and was proud of his children and grandchildren
Albert is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of Basco; children, Wayne L. (Rhonda) Cameron and Mary (Les) Eslinger, both of Macomb; step-children, Eldon Wachtendorf of Basco and Phyllis (Bill) Whitaker of Carthage; grandchildren, Josh L. (Tracie) Cameron, Tammy (Kevin) Klinedinst, Marli (Eric Klatt) Apt and Quintin (Angie) Eslinger; step-grandchildren, Jerry (Tammie Gipe) Wachtendorf, Wendi Whitaker and Corey (Rebekah) Whitaker; great grandchildren, Jessa and Andrew L. Cameron, Hayes and Callen Apt and Leo and Henry Eslinger; step-grandchildren, Jude Hopkins, Grace, Glory, Josie, Justus, Harley and Royal Whitaker, Mitchell (Jenna) Reed, Melissa (Eric) Horn, and Marcy (Matt Garlits) Reed; step-great-grandchildren, Mayson, Maddox and Maylee Reed, Emerson Horn, and Holden Garlits; siblings, Willa Loring of Hamilton, Clarence Cameron of Carthage, Marjorie (Stanley) Whitaker of Keokuk, Larry (Carol) Cameron of Warsaw and LullaBelle LaFoon of Kankakee; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Louella; brothers, Lester, Lyle, Bill and Donny Cameron; and a sister, Marlene Whitaker.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the First Christian Church (DOC) in Macomb with burial to follow in the Archer-Bethel Cemetery near Fandon, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 3:00 – 8:00 P.M. Friday evening at Printy Funeral Home in Carthage with family meeting friends from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church (DOC) in Macomb or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Printy Funeral Home of Carthage is in charge of arrangements.
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