William Clark Camp
Friends and family called him Bill, Billy, or Willie. He was born January 18, 1956, in Milwaukee Wisconsin. He was raised and went through school in Carol Stream, Il, where he met his first wife, Leah Marie Bata. Bill and Leah married on August 13, 1977, in a church in Wheaton, IL. They had two children, Sarah Marie Camp born April 09, 1981, and Matthew William Camp, born June 22, 1984. They moved a few times before buying their first home together in Carol Stream, IL. This is where they spent their time together. When they weren’t busy with the kids, Bill and Leah enjoyed bowling night, family gatherings, and a good poker table. They divorced after 21 years of marriage but remained friends for the rest of his life.
Bill moved to Loxahatchee, Florida in 2006 for his job. He met Laura Jane Acosta there in 2011. They quickly began spending all their days together and married on April 20, 2015. They shared 4 married years together and separated as good friends.
Bill moved back to Woodstock, Illinois to reside with his son Matt, Matt’s wife Karen, and 5 of his 6 grandchildren. He spent his last couple of years here spending time with his family. He loved doing projects around the house and yard with his son and daughter-in-law. He loved playing with and helping take care of his grandbabies. Most of all, he loved being a part of their family. He will be forever missed there.
Bill is survived by his wife Laura Camp, his son and daughter-in-law, Matthew, and Karen Sue Camp of Woodstock, Il. Three brothers, Robert Bruce (Gloria), Gregory Eugine, Jeffrey Edward (Cathy) Camp, and his sister Debra Ann (Bob Hackiewicz) Jolley Camp. As well as six grandchildren: Grace Elizabeth, Lokin Douglas, Zachary Matthew Charles, Anna Sophia Claire, Henry Kenneth Clark, and Nathan Everett.
Bill was preceded in death by his daughter Sarah Marie Camp, and his parents Robert and Elizabeth Camp. His pets were always family to him too. He was preceded by his two dogs, “his boys”, Dozer and Moose.
Bill had a lifelong career in the Auto Body Industry. He started as a technician his first 10 years. He spent the next 35 years managing dealership body shops in Rockford and Southern Florida. He also, for a short period owned his own collision business in Roselle, Illinois.
Away from work, Bill poured his heart and soul as a young man and father into his family. He helped coach his son and daughters’ baseball teams, attended his daughters' dance practice and recitals, and supported them both in school and all other youth activities. He was a fun kind of dad and did his best to give them a good laugh and time. His home was always a home to family and friends. He loved spending his time with them. He enjoyed fishing, especially when with family and friends. He went on a few group fishing trips in Canada that he cherished. He was always up for some deep-sea drift fishing as well. Willie had a love for Harley Davidson motorcycles. From a middle-aged man until his death, he hit the road on his bikes. He put on thousands of miles and made hundreds of friends along the way. He was crazy about good food, good people, good times, and never missed a morning without his Baileys and coffee.
Bill was passionate about life, he had a favorite saying to live his life by and would advise others to hear, “Life was not meant to be a journey to the grave in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broad-sided, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming, WOW, what a ride!”
He was a true gentleman. He will be missed by all who knew him.