CHRISTOPHER JO CAMERON
Christopher (Chris) Jo Cameron was born on September 28, 1986 to Marie Jo (Bolinger) Cameron and Robert (Bob) Alan Cameron in Creston, Iowa. He was the only child of the couple.
Chris attended Clearfield elementary until the sixth grade. He participated in cub scouts and Webelo’s scouts throughout elementary. Chris then moved on to Lenox High School where he graduated in 2005. He played football, basketball, golf, and baseball; lettering in the latter three. Right after high school he and some friends started up their own band calling themselves “Almost Somebody.” To date, Chris wrote nearly 3,000 songs. After high school Chris joined the Clearfield Volunteer Fire Department where he even worked up the ranks to become an officer. Through the years he helped his father, Bob, coach youth baseball, basketball, volleyball, and soccer in Clearfield. Throughout high school, he volunteered to help Bob coach the junior high girls’ basketball program at Lenox. In 2004, Chris would receive his coaching authorization from the State of Iowa and get his own head coaching job after high school. He coached the Lenox Junior High Boys Basketball as well as the Lenox Junior High Boy’s baseball program. After some trouble, Chris finally landed in Creston. His coaching trail landed him helping the Creston youth at the rec league there with the soccer program. He started at Southwestern Community College in the summer on 2016 working on his AA of Business. His dream was to open his own business helping veterans with disabilities and mental health issues as he believed the VA didn’t do enough. He held many interesting jobs in his lifetime meeting many people throughout his life. Chris had many friends who adored his friendship and loved to hear his constant jokes and even more consistent sarcasm. He was an avid family man and was often the life of the event.
“Good, better, best; till your good becomes your better and your better becomes your best. Like his father, Chris often used quotes throughout life and especially involved them with coaching. He loved mantras as well and used them to fit with everyday life to motivate those around him. Chris loved his Kansas Jayhawks, was an avid Broncos fan and still believed his Yankees were a dynasty. Everything he owned was often decorated in Harley colors or some sort of related apparel as was a giant fan of the bikes. Chris had two hobbies; sports and music. Chris loved music; anywhere from writing it to playing it. He played both drums and bass guitar over the years but strangely enough, could not read a lick of music. In his life, Chris was both an animal lover as well as a huge fan of youth. He was avid in shaping the minds of youth in multiple local communities through coaching with his father and coaching by himself. He enjoyed focusing on sports in general as well as teaching them about the importance of life’s qualities.
Chris passed away August 14, 2018. Preceding Christopher in death were his father, Robert (Bob) Cameron; his grandparents, Lloyd and Theola (Monk) Cameron; Everette and Leona (Powell) Bolinger; great-grandparents, Claude and Eva (Greer) Monk; great-grandmother, Ellen (House) Cameron; great-uncles, Cecil and Darrell Monk; and great-aunts, Bertha Monk and Lucille Miller.
Survivors include mother, Marie (Bolinger) Cameron of Fort Morgan, CO; uncles, Tracy (Cindy) Cameron of Lenox; Marty (Shawn) Cameron of Diagonal; Patrick (Sherri) Bolinger of Lenox; Allen (Sandy) Dougherty of Leon, Rusty (Carrie) O’Brien of Garden City, ID; aunts, Kelly (Kyle) Freshour of Lenox; Barb (Mark) Thornton of Fairfield; Patti Knaub of Fort Morgan, CO; great-aunts and uncles; Ronald (Bev) Monk of Marshalltown; Phyllis (Jack) Gourley of Lenox; Paul (Barbara) Monk of Des Moines; Verla Monk of Clearfield; cousins, other family and friends. Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr is n charge of the arrangements.
Services were at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at the Christian Church in Clearfield, Iowa.
Officianting was Rev. Al Rusk.
Special song was “Ships of Heaven” by Blackhawk.
A private burial will be at a later date at North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox, Iowa.
Memorials may be left in his name to be decided later.