Walter Eugene (“Gene”) Cameron, 81, a resident of Cincinnati, passed into eternal life on October 8, 2021 at his home. He was born in Chicago, the son of Walter Cameron and Stephanie Soja Cameron, on February 3, 1940. His family moved to Kokomo, Indiana, when he was three years old, and he attended both St. Patrick and St. Joan of Arc Catholic Churches and schools. He was a 1958 graduate of Kokomo High School, where he played on the football team.
Gene served in the U.S. Army from 1960-63, serving in the 50th Signal Battalion, attached to the 82nd Airborne. He attended several colleges, including the University of Toledo, St. Joseph’s College (Rensselaer, IN), and Purdue University, where he graduated from the School of Engineering. On June 15, 1968, he married the love of his life, RoseMarie Kuhn, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. He worked at Continental Steel / Penn-Dixie Steel from 1968 until it closed in 1986. He then worked in home remodeling until he retired in 2011. In 2011, he and his wife, RoseMarie, retired to Cincinnati to live near three of their children and their grandchildren.
Gene was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kokomo, and then of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cincinnati. He was a devout Roman Catholic, attending daily Mass whenever possible, and prayed the family rosary each day for the past 39 years. While living in Kokomo, he was very close to the Poor Clare Nuns, and often did repair work in the monastery. After moving to Cincinnati, he could often be found praying the rosary outside the abortion clinic, and was a regular volunteer at the Old St. Mary’s Pregnancy Center in downtown Cincinnati.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, RoseMarie; by his brothers, Norbert (Indianapolis), James (Raleigh, NC), and Robert (Kokomo, IN), and three of his four children: Fr. Ben Cameron, C.P.M. (Fathers of Mercy), of Glasgow, Kentucky; LinMarie Cameron, of Cincinnati; and Mary Katherine Appiagyei, and her husband Sam, of Cincinnati. He is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Tatiana Cameron, and three grandsons, Dante, Evan, and Blais Cameron, all of Franklin, Tennessee, and by his granddaughter, Annalise Appiagyei, of Cincinnati, and by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Stephanie Marie Cripe, and his son, Matthew Shane Cameron.
Visitation for Walter Cameron will be held at Gilligan Funeral Home, 8225 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, on Wednesday, October 13th from 5:00-7:00 PM, with a rosary prayed at 7:00 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, 2733 Massachusetts Avenue, Cincinnati, on Thursday, October 14th, at 11:30 AM. He will be laid to rest at Memorial Park Cemetery, Kokomo, Indiana, on Friday, October 15th at 1:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fathers of Mercy, the Poor Clare Monastery in Kokomo, or to Old St. Mary’s Pregnancy Center.
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The Fathers of Mercy
806 Shaker Museum Road, Auburn KY 42206
Monastery of the Poor Clares
1175 N. 300 W., Kokomo IN 46901
Old St. Mary’s Pregnancy Center
123 E. Thirteenth St., Cincinnati OH 45202