Lawrence Camp

Isaac Lawrence “Larry” Camp, 91, of Springfield, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1998, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.

He was born Oct. 20, 1906, in Woodland Township, Fulton County, a son of Charles Enyart and Anna Mae Gouker Martin Camp. He married Louise W. Hofferbert on May 23, 1940. She died in 1977. He was also preceded in death by one half sister, Lillian Martin Slaight; one sister, Mildred Tedrick; and two brothers, Willard C. and Wallace O. Camp.

Surviving are one son, Larry of Monticello; one daughter, Karen Birnbaum of Lincoln; three grandsons; two granddaughters; and one great-grandson.

He was a graduate of Astoria High School in 1925 and Western Illinois Teachers College in 1932 with a bachelors of education degree. He taught school for 18 years in Fulton, Schuyler and Tazewell counties. The family moved to Springfield in 1945.

He was employed as an insurance claims adjuster for Country Companies for 26 years. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where he served as Sunday secretary for 22 years and Church Elder for 10 years.

He was a volunteer for many organizations. He was an active member of the PTA serving as president at Lanphier in 1963. He was a member of the district scholarship commission and a member of the Juvenile Protection Springfield Council.

He was a past president of the Joe Delong Little League. He was named 1987 Volunteer of the Year by the United Way of Sangamon County. In 1991, he received the Sertoma Service to Mankind Award. He was named Usher of the Year at Sangamon State University. He was also given the Colonel Sanders Volunteer Award in 1984, and the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame Award in 1982.

He had been active with the “Redcoat” escort service at Memorial Medical Center and as an instructor for the Secretary of State’s “Rules of the Road” classes. He was a member of the Mayor’s Senior Citizen Commission and a tour guide at the Old State Capitol. He donated time to the senior citizens building at the Illinois State Fair and helped fill out circuit breaker and income tax forms.

In addition to the service he gave R.S.V.P., he was a member of the Evening Kiwanis club since 1966 and served as secretary/treasurer for the Northend club for 22 years. He also worked with the YMCA youth soccer program.

He volunteered his help to school district #186 at Lincoln, Wilcox, Matheny and Dubois schools.

Services were held Friday at Ellinger-Kunz & Davis Funeral Home in Springfield with Rev. Theodore Gall officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Memorial Park in Springfield.

Memorials may be made to his church, the senior citizens center, United Way of Sangamon County or to the donor’s choice.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 9/23/1998


Current Obituaries in the Astoria South Fulton Argus