Mr. Bill P. Camp, age 88 years, of Jefferson City, Mo. passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at the Capital Region Medical Center.
He was born on October 6, 1930 in Atlanta, Ga., the son of R.O. and Elizabeth (Powell) Camp. He was united in marriage on June 13, 1959 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Coopersburg, Pa. to Harriet J. Link.
Bill graduated from Fulton High School in Atlanta, Ga. and he was a 1957 graduate of Oglethorpe University, also in Atlanta, Ga.
He proudly served our country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a combat engineer with the 1st Cavalry Division, 8th Regiment during tours in Korea and Japan and with the 25th Infantry Division, 65th Combat Engineer Battalion during his second tour in Korea. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant First Class in December 1953. He was recently honored to participate in the Central Missouri Honor Flight Program.
Bill was employed with Westinghouse Electric Corporation and its successor, ABB, Inc. for over 35 years. He was transferred from Sharon, Pa. to Jefferson City in 1971 to help startup operations at the new Westinghouse plant upon its completion in 1972. He retired as the engineering manager of the ABB transformer division in 1992.
He was an active member of First United Methodist Church. Bill served on the Ministry Support Team and helped with the facilities committee “Helping Hands” to keep the church’s building updated.
Bill volunteered his time as a board member of the Missouri Prison Industries, served with the United Way Finance Committee and served on the board with the Dollars for Scholars Program.
He cherished time with his family and love them unconditionally. Bill always put them first in life: attending every event and celebration to cheer on family and more importantly, he was there during any struggle to help lift spirits. When his children were younger, he was a Boy Scout leader, helped with booster clubs, and attended all baseball, track, soccer and football games. When his children were older, he was always willing to help with home renovation projects. During his free time, he enjoyed working in the yard, attending Little Theatre productions and playing poker with his buddies.
Survivors include: his loving wife of 59 years, Harriet Camp; one daughter, Cheryl R. Base (husband Tom) of Acworth, Ga.; three sons, Greg P. Camp of Jefferson City, Mo., Roger W. Camp (wife Amy) of Richardson, Tx. and Russell A. Camp (wife Ellen) of Houston, Tx.; two sisters, Doris Wigley of Evans, Ga. and Judy Garcia of Rockport, Tx.; one brother, Larry Camp, and nine grandchildren, Chris Base (wife Megan), Kyle Base, Katie Roberts (husband Billy), Brian Camp, Julia Camp, Michael Camp, Emily Camp, Colin Camp and Callie Camp; and his great-grandson, Samuel Roberts.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Betty Sexton; and one brother, Jack Camp.
Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, 201 Monroe Street, Jefferson City, Mo.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Daniel Hilty officiating. A reception will follow his service at the church.
Graveside services and interment with military honors will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2018 at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Special Learning Center or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.