Steven L. Cameron
November 18, 1966 – July 7, 2021
Funeral Service, Tuesday, July 13th at 11am at the West Center Chapel. Memorials will be directed by the family. Complete notice later.
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Steven Lee Cameron, formerly of Burr, Nebraska, passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Bergan Mercy Hospital. Steven, the youngest of Gale and Pat’s three children, was born in Lincoln but spent the majority of his childhood in Omaha, Nebraska.
As a young boy, Steven spent considerable time at the family homestead in Burr helping with chores and exploring the grounds. He also often recalled spending his summer break taking the bus up to Westwood Golf Course in Omaha to learn the game of golf. When forced to be indoors, Steven could be found building model airplanes or pestering his sisters, Donna and Diane. His mechanical inclination, good-natured orneriness, love for the outdoors, and the game of golf developed in these early years and became lifelong staples of his identity.
Steven graduated from Westside High School and promptly joined the Navy, where he repaired optics and radar components for helicopters off the Pacific Coast. Following his time in the service, he attended UNO and shortly thereafter moved to the Quad Cities to begin a career drafting sprinkler systems for commercial and industrial buildings. In the late ’90s, Steven transitioned to sprinkler sales. He put a premium on building lasting relationships. This boded well for him as he finished his career as arguably the most highly-regarded sprinkler salesman in the region.
Steven was the proud father of four boys. He enjoyed playing football in the yard as an all-time QB and often took them camping. Caring for four boys who inherited his orneriness was never overwhelming for him, Steven tended to take on many large tasks at a time. One of his most proud accomplishments was building a beautiful home in Blue Grass, Iowa in 1999, only contracting out the foundation and the plumbing. He did this while working full time and caring for a full family at home.
Steven’s long-term goal for retirement was to build a cabin in the Montana wilderness. Unfortunately, he retired at age 47 due to health, but that didn’t stop him from pursuing a modified version of his plan. Until he passed, Steven focused on a complete remodel of the vacant Cameron family homestead. Blindness, among other health issues, didn’t stop him from attempting overly ambitious projects at the homestead including re-shingling the home and even adding skylights. No matter how many times he fell, he always got back up and tried again. This was the essence of Steven and a critical lesson to his children he demonstrated many times over. He will be deeply missed.
Preceded in death by parents, Gale and Patricia. Survived by sons: Ryan, Justin, Aaron, and Jon; sisters, Donna and Diane; nephew, Cameron; and granddaughter, Harper.