In Memory

Monday, January 9, 2012

Nolan Edmund Ray Camp, 1925-2012.

My father-in-law was permanently cured of his cancer on January 3, 2012, at the age of 86. His family will miss him, and his wife of 64 years will miss him most of all, but we rejoice knowing that he has gone to be with his Father.

Dad had his own brand of humor. In the early years of my marriage, he introduced me to people as "my daughter-in-law the liar--I mean the lawyer." And every time he found a new lawyer joke, he made sure I heard it. But he got along very well with this particular lawyer.

Growing up during the Great Depression, Dad never got beyond a high school education. Still, he always found a way to support his family. A hard worker, when the children were small he took a second job at a gas station to supplement his pay as a mailman.

Dad cared about the education his children received, sending his two sons and three daughters to a Lutheran school through eighth grade. The public school was nearby, and the Lutheran school was not within walking distance. Although tuition was free for church members, transportation wasn't. So the fares to ride the public bus system came out of his meager funds.

A committed Christian, Dad was very active in his church. When the time came to leave this world for a better one, he was ready.

Happy celebration, Dad.

1 comment:

Loree Huebner said...

My thoughts and prayers are with your family, Kathryn.

What a lovely tribute to your father-in-law.

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