Gary E. Camerer, 76


Gary E. Camerer, 76, of Gillespie, formerly of Carrollton, died on Saturday, July 18, 2020, at 8:34 p.m. at Carlinville Area Hospital.

No public services will be held at this time. His remains were given to the National Body Donor Program. Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie is assisting the family.

Mr. Camerer was born Jan. 17, 1944, in Carrollton, to Carl “Ike” Camerer and Tillie (Wollemweber) Camerer. He married Janet K. Hutson, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 6, 2000.

He graduated from Carrollton High School with the class of 1962, and served his country in the U.S. Air Force, from 1962 to 1966.

Mr. Camerer worked as a correctional officer at Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro, where he retired in 2001.

He is survived by his son, Troy J. Camerer of Gillespie; stepdaughters, Terri Valstad of Jerseyville and Tammy Lawless of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Derek Valstad, Drew Valstad, Justin Mattes and Holly Mattes; seven great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Jake Reno; and sisters-in-law, Grace Camerer and Darielle Camerer.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Camerer was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Ryan Valstad; sister, Betty Reno; brothers, Tucker Camerer, Larry Camerer, Charlie Camerer and Carl Camerer, Jr.

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