Richard "Dick" Cameron

Richard “Dick” B. Cameron, 63, of Lansing, passed away peacefully, Saturday, December 26 2015, at his home, surrounded by love. He was born January 19, 1952, in Sabetha, Kan., the son of Richard E. and Ellen (Armstrong) Cameron.

Richard Cameron

Dick was raised in Atchison, Kan., which he was always proud to call his hometown. He graduated from Atchison High School and earned his Bachelor’s degree at Kansas State University. He made it well known to all that he was a proud Wildcat supporter.

On Aug. 28, 1985, Dick married Tera Cliff, she survives at their home in Lansing. He is also survived by one son, Richard Andrew Cameron of Kansas City, Kan., who was Dick’s greatest source of pride and joy; two sisters, Jane (Don) Gray of Atchison, Kan., and Ruth Ann (Hal) Jackson of West Jordan, Utah; two nephews Cole (Tassie) Gray of Culver City Calif. And Kit Jackson of West Jordan, Utah; a niece, Jill (Shad) Crookston and their daughter, Samantha all of Herriman, Utah; along with in-laws and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Dick opened his State Farm Insurance office in 1984 and retired after 31 years in August 2015. He enjoyed serving his policyholders, who he considered friends, more than customers.

Dick was a man of faith and service. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Atchison throughout his childhood and young adult years. He joined the Leavenworth Presbyterian church in 1985, where he and Tera were married. He served in nearly every leadership capacity during those 30 years, including Clerk of Session, Elder, Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and Youth Group Leader.

He was a member of Atchison Kiwanis Club and transferred to Lansing Kiwanis upon his move to the Lansing community. He was a founding member of the Lansing Education Foundation and represented the Lansing business community in the establishment of an exchange program with China. He also served on the boards for Citizens Savings and Loan, the Leavenworth/Lansing area Chamber of Commerce and the Salvation Army. He spent many years supporting Boy Scout Troop 165 as an Assistant Scoutmaster while his son was growing up. He was an Eagle Scout and very proud to watch his son earn the rank of Eagle also.

Dick loved to hike and spent most family vacations in Estes Park, Colo., where he worked throughout his college summers. The mountains called him and he went as often as possible. He also loved cartooning and was published in the local newspapers, but mostly enjoyed handing out personal drawings to his friends and making them smile. In recent years, his favorite pastime was spending time at his son’s business, Daylight Donuts, greeting the customers with his friendly smile and shamelessly promoting the donuts. Dick did not know an enemy or stranger.

The family will receive visitors at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in the church living room, at the First Presbyterian Church in Leavenworth. A Celebration of Life service will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, at the church. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Lansing Education Foundation or the First Presbyterian Church of Leavenworth.