The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

December 31, 2012

Rev. Ray Cameron Sr.


ROCKFORD — The Rev. Ray Cameron Sr., 89, of Rockford, and formerly of Galesburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center.

Born Aug. 29, 1923, in Rushville, he was the son of Otis D. and Eleanor (Guthrie) Cameron.

He married his loving wife, Margaret E. Babbitt, on March 14, 1943, in Galesburg.

Ray graduated from Galesburg High School in 1942 and then entered the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II. Upon returning from the war, he became a design engineer for Admiral Corp.

He felt called to the Christian ministry in 1957 and went back to school, earning a bachelor of arts from Eureka College in Eureka, and then a masters of divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. He was ordained as minister of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Danville in 1967. Ray served as pastor at churches in Stanford; Eastland, Texas; Danville; Bellville; and Central and Woodland Christian Churches in Lexington, Ky.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Margaret Cameron, of Rockford; daughters, Christine May, of Rockford, and Jodie (Tom) Linnan, of Thermopolis, Wyo.; sons, Mark (Kay), of Byron, and Ray D. (Susan) Jr., of Lexington, Ky.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Charles Cameron, of Galesburg; and sister Sandra (David) Murphy, of Princeville.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Harriet Thorsen.

Memorial services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at First Christian Church, 301 N. Broad St., Galesburg, with a visitation from 10 a.m. until time of service. A memorial celebration of Ray’s life will be held from 2-3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, at Morning Star Village, 1160 N. Mulford Road, Rockford.

Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Mulford Chapel, is assisting the family. Express online condolences at


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