Alan Leon Camp
On July 26, 2014, the world lost one of the “good guys”.
Surrounded by his loving wife of 50 years and his three children, Alan Leon Camp, 70, of Blanchard, took his last breath on earth and his first breath in eternity.
Alan was born March 10, 1944, the son of Leon K. Camp and Myrtle (DeWitt). Alan lived his entire life in the quaint village of Blanchard in the ripple of several generations. He graduated from Blanchard High School in 1962 and then attended Ferris State College, studying architecture. Alan married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, JoAnne Emily Eldred, on February 8, 1964, beginning their life “happily ever after”.
Alan became the proud owner of DeWitt Lumber Company, a business established by his great grandfather in 1890. Following in the footsteps of his predecessors, his honest and hardworking reputation earned him the respect and admiration of many. Nearly every road in his three-county radius displays a house or barn he built. He worked hard and played hard and that’s the way he wanted it.
In 1986, Alan helped JoAnne realize her dreams in creating and establishing the business of Loafer's Glory, one of the many examples of their teamwork, talent, and creativity, which thrived for 27 years.
His tenacity and “gitter-done” spirit allowed Alan to accomplish much during his time on earth, never wasting a moment. With an adventurous spirit, he journeyed far and wide. As an avid motorcyclist, he was proud of his many travels. His favorite thing to do was explore the back roads of America on two wheels.
Alan was a true-hearted American and considered himself a patriot of the red, white, and blue. He was proud of his country and for all that it stood.
Alan’s life was cut short due to cancer, but that is not the end of his story. Alan trusted in Jesus and because of his faith and forgiveness through Christ, his family will meet him again. He took the journey first and that was just like him; he paved the way, leaving a path for his family to follow.
Alan is celebrating in heaven with his parents, Leon and Myrtle Camp; sister, Claudia S. Riley; niece, Amy Brook Houghton; and beloved grandparents, aunts and uncles.
Those left loving Alan are his wife and best-friend, JoAnne E. Camp; son, Mark Alan Camp and Brooke Compson of Blanchard; daughters, Kimberly Camp-Smith and husband Shane of Blanchard, and Megan Miller and husband Bradley of Indiana; his precious grandchildren, who will cling to his memory, Chloe Isabella Smith, Rebecca Rain Smith, Caleb Wyatt Smith, Wade Alan Miller; brother, Barry G. Camp and wife Thoa of Louisiana; sister, Madeline Pavelin of Grand Rapids.
Alan’s service of remembrance will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30, at the Blanchard Pine River United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Pine River Cemetery.
Friends and family will be received at the church on Tuesday, July 29, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 3 p.m. until the service begins.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Alan, you will forever be missed. There will be an empty chair at the head of our table until we meet again…your loving family.
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