Welton Lindbergh Camper of Darden, Tennessee passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He was 83 years old. He was born December 20, 1931 to the late Hade B. Camper and Zada (Deere) Camper. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Sue (Taylor) Camper whom he said, “was the love of his life,”; and his brother, Wilbert Deere. Welton and Shirley moved to Gary, Indiana after he served in the Army during the Korean War of which he said, “he was proud to serve his country.” He worked at Youngstown Steel (LTV Steel) for 36 years before returning back home in 1990 to Darden, Tennessee. Mr. Camper is survived by his five children, Karen (John) Burger, Sharon (Dan) Soltis, Denise (James) Gandy, Alana (Brian) Ingersoll and Mark Camper, all of Indiana.
He is also survived by his nine grandchildren, Jeremy Camper, Brienne Cundiff, Katelyn Burger, Jane Riley, Taylor Gandy, Kylie Ingersoll, Caleb Ingersoll, Andrew Camper and Trenton Camper; ten great-grandchildren, Alexus Camper, Eric Camper, Cameron Camper, Landon Cundiff, Bella Camper, Vincent Camper, Grayson Cundiff, Gabriel Camper, Samuel Camper and Oliver Feldman.
Other surviving family include: sisters, Alice Faye Flowers and Louise Lomax of Parsons and Lewis (Faye) Camper of Reagan. Welton was a born-again Christian who loved working in his garden, going to the flea market and spending time with his family.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Parsons Mortuary Chapel with Bro. Don Franks officiating. Interment followed at Bible Hill Cemetery. Parsons Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements. Serving as pallbearers were Eric Camper, Dan Soltis, James Gandy, Brian Ingersoll, Jeremy Camper, Andrew Camper and Trenton Camper. Honorary pallbearers were Keith and Jeff Brister.