Mark Howard Camp

Mark Howard Camp

Mark Howard Camp of Kalamazoo, Michigan. My husband and I , (Karen Sue Camp), were married for 31 years. We exchanged vows on April 9, 1976 in Kalamazoo. During our marriage we were blessed with three children; Joel Allen, Eric William and Jessica Renee Camp. In June 2005, Joel married Brooke (Joyce) Camp, and their son, Nolan Jon Camp was born on June 25, 2006. In September 2005, Eric married Amber (Peet) Camp. Both of these young women have been a welcome addition to our family, and I compliment our sons on choosing well. Both of our sons followed in Mark’s footsteps by choosing pipefitting as their trade. Jessica is a Heyl Scholarship recipient, completing a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing. Our children and daughters-in-law were at our side throughout Mark’s illness; Nolan was a special gift.  Mark was born on March 12, 1955. He grew up and attended school in the Otsego area. Baptized on December 8, 1957, he was a life-long member of the Twin Lakes Reformed Church. His parents are Bud (Leonard) and Katherine Ekema. His oldest brother is Tom Camp, married to Kathy (Miller) Camp. He has a younger sister, Marcia (Ekema) Kiel, married to Tom Kiel, and a younger brother, Len Ekema. There are several nephews and nieces; Carrie (Camp) Whelan, T.J. Camp, and Matt, Tim, and Jennie Kiel.


We thank God for the life of Mark. Just as we received his life as a gift of love from God, may God also help us to accept his death as being given from Christ’s perfect heart of love.



 “Everything is a grace…everything is the direct effect of our Father’s love – difficulties, contradictions, humiliations, all the soul’s miseries, her burdens, her needs – everything, because through them she learns humility, realizes her weakness. Everything is a grace because everything is God’s gift. Whatever be the character of life or its unexpected events – to the heart that loves, all is well.” – St. Therese of Lisieux


Friends may meet with the family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Monday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, MI. Private interment will be at Alamo Center Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 7 P. M. Tuesday at Twin Lakes Reformed Church, Rev. John Haas officiating. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Twin Lakes Reformed Church.

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