Kenneth CAMERON

CAMERON Kenneth John Cameron of Olds, Alta went to be with the Lord on November 13, 2008 at the age of 89 years. Ken was born on June 13, 1919 on a farm south of Lougheed, Alta. to Donald and Joyce Cameron. Ken's early years were spent near Dry Crossing, south of Hardisty, AB. As a child he spent much time herding sheep for his father. His parents were separated, so he came to appreciate the love of his extended family. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins all played an important part in his upbringing. His uncle John and aunt Jennie Littlejohn were especially important to him as a child. As a young man, Ken worked at various farms in the area. He often spoke of the 2 years he spent near Barrie, Ontario, working on the farm for his cousin, Donald Cameron. Family was always important to Ken. While working at Art Widlake's farm, Ken met the love of his life. Emma Borup was staying at the farm while she and another girl taught a children's Vacation Bible School. Emma caught Ken's attention and he took a shine to her right away. After three years of dating, and many trips across those long and rough prairie roads to Bashaw in his father's model B Ford Coupe, Ken and Emma were married on June 15, 1948. The first 5 years of Ken and Emma's life together was spent at the old Pickering place, south of Lougheed, near Ken's family. When Emma's father retired from farming, they took over his farm near Bashaw and farmed there until 1972. It was here that they raised their 2 children Brian and Debbie. Ken also worked as a telephone lineman, locating and repairing downed lines in all kinds of weather. After selling the farm and settling in Red Deer, Ken took on various jobs. He worked for Versaline Farm Machinery setting up Versatile farm equipment, Air-Vac Brake, Midway New Holland delivering machinery, Peavey Mart, and others. He enjoyed working on the house, collecting wood for the fireplace, and taking on various woodworking projects for his family. As a young man, Ken reached out to God and has served Him faithfully ever since. He took the family to church at Meeting Creek, and after moving to Red Deer, attended Oriole Park Missionary Church, before choosing Bethany Baptist as their home church. His faith was more than just church. It was a life of service to his family and others, Bible study, prayer, and trust in God. Ken and Emma enjoyed traveling and made great memories on trips to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Europe, Alaska, California, and many other destinations. Ken's health began to fail in 2004. After 2 strokes, it became clear that he and Emma needed to be closer to their family, so they moved to Sunrise Condos in Olds. Ken went into the hospital in January of 2008 to recover from a broken arm. His failing health, due in part to the onset of Parkinson's disease and the lingering effects of his strokes, never let him return to Sunrise. From the Olds Acute Care facility, he moved to Linden Nursing Home for a month, before returning to long term care in Olds. He is now finally home. In spite of his failing health, Ken kept his sense of humor and didn't want to cause trouble for the staff. Ken was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Emma, in February, 2008. He was also predeceased by his parents, Donald and Joyce Cameron, and his brothers and sisters, Margaret, Duncan, Doris and Stuart. Ken is survived by his children; Brian (Cheryl) Cameron, and Debbie (Larry) Hooper, six grandchildren; Ellice and Dustin Cameron, Darren (Tara), Tim (Merla), David (Joanna), and Julie Hooper, and 7 great grandchildren. As Ken's family, we extend our sincere thanks to the staff of the Olds Hospital, Linden Nursing Home, and the Olds Long Term Care facility for their wonderful care, to Dr. Jim Weidrick, and to Irene for recently giving Dad the pleasure of a raisin pie. That was always his favorite. Special thanks to Marie Griffiths for the loving care she has given over the past 11 months. God bless you all. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Olds with Pastor Norm Tauber officiating. Memorial donations may be made directly to the Gideons. HEARTLAND FUNERAL SERVICES LTD, Olds entrusted with arrangements. 403-507-8610