May 16, 1926- August 4, 2014
Longtime Douglas County resident Bob Cameron passed away at home on August 4, 2014. He was 88 years old.
Bob was born in Bonners Ferry, Idaho in 1926 to Robert T. Cameron and Thelma (Gardner) Cameron. He had 2 brothers, Don and Bill and a sister Beryl. In 1931 the family moved to Slyvanite, Montana. Later, when the kids reached high school age, they moved back to Bonners Ferry where Bob graduated in 1944. Bob was involved in athletics and played baseball, ran track and was a champion boxer. Bob attended college at the University of Idaho and while on spring break met Mary Ellen Estlund at a country dance. Bob and Mary Ellen were married on Nov. 24, 1946.
Bob and his wife Mary Ellen moved to Roseburg in 1950. Shortly after their move, Bob started his own logging business which he ran for 16 years before selling to Sun Studs Inc. They started Lone Rock Timber Company which he managed until his retirement in 1991.
Bob had many hobbies and his favorite was raising horses. He raised and showed champion cutting and race horses. His horses won many awards and in 1989, he was awarded Oregon’s top owner/ breeder and attended the nations Breeder awards banquet in Lexington, Kentucky. One of Bob’s talents was buying and developing real estate. An avid fisherman, Bob loved fly-fishing for summer steelhead on the North Umpqua River. He also enjoyed big game hunting with family and friends and trips to Alaska with Mary Ellen.
Bobs parents and 3 siblings preceded him in death. He is survived by the love of his life, Mary Ellen. They were married for 68 years. He is survived by his 3 sons: Scott and his wife Carla of Roseburg, Bruce of Roseburg, Brian of Soldotna, Alaska. Five grandchildren: Lindsay (Cameron) Roberts and her husband Joe Roberts of Sutherlin, TJ Cameron of Roseburg, Tyler Cameron, Hilary Cameron, Marshal Cameron of Alaska. One great grandchild: Addison Roberts of Roseburg. Brother in law Tom Estlund of Sweet Home, Oregon and many nieces and nephews.
Bob was well respected in the timber industry. His integrity and leadership impacted many others in a positive and gainful manner. Bob was a member of the Elks and Moose and numerous horse clubs. He will be greatly missed.
At Bob’s request, no public services will be held. Donations can be made to SHAWHEART and Vascular Center - 2700 Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, Oregon 97471 (541) 673-0611.