William B. Cameron, 78, of Jeromesville died March 19, 2020.
Born August 4, 1941 to Fred and Ruth (Sellers) Cameron, Bill was a lifelong Jeromesville area resident. A 1959 graduate of Jeromesville High School, he married Karen McFarlin April 27, 1968.
Bill found joy in farming all his life. Cameron's Big Rock Farms, for many years a dairy farm, had been operated by Bill, wife Karen and son Fred. In more recent years, Bill concentrated on grain and hay farming. He had been a member of Maple Grove Church.
With his jovial wit, Bill was a welcome addition to any gathering. Known as the community storyteller, he could spin a preposterous tale and bring gales of laughter as a master joke teller. People sought him out, entertained by his wry observations and sparkling smile.
Bill was blessed with many friends of all ages, and his joyful spirit and unforgettable character sowed a wealth of stories which will be shared for many years to come. He was the first to arrive if a friend or neighbor needed help, and would be the last to leave, only after the work was done.
His roots ran deep in the Jeromesville community, and he often joked he got a bit homesick if he wandered outside of Mohican Township. Cameron exemplified living happily where one is planted, with gratitude and simplicity. He was a self-taught musician, playing guitar, mandolin and banjo completely by ear. He had performed with his father and uncle in his early years, and continued to enjoy playing country and bluegrass music.
Bill's unquestionable work ethic was and will remain admired and respected by co-workers, friends, and more importantly was handed down to his son. Early mornings and late nights, he would be found in the field, if not at “the office” or in the shop washing and waxing his trucks and tractors until each one looked brand new.
Survivors include his wife, Karen; son Fred and daughter-in-law Kristie of Columbus; nephews Mike West of Johnsville; David West of Dalls, Georgia and their families; sisters-in-law Sandra (Russell) Berry and Becky Leibolt, all of Ashland.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Connie West.
The help and support from friends over the years and throughout his illness was overwhelming and appreciated by his family more than words can express.
Bill was one of a kind who will be truly missed by all his family and friends. He was equally quick with a joke as he was to show compassion, always there to help friends in need. Although we mourn his passing, what once was so close and dear is embedded in our lives and a part of us all. “Love you.....” “Yea”
Private graveside services will be 1:00 PM Thursday March 26, 2020 in Jeromesville Cemetery with Pastor Andrew Foster officiating. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
The family suggestions that those wishing to offer their condolences to Karen, please do so by phone or card.
Online condolences may be made at www.fickesfuneralhome.com.
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