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Cameron L. Madison

Cameron Lee Madison came into the world on the cold, white winter’s morning of December 27th, 2004. He was the third born child to bless his loving mother and father, Patricia Wheeler and Larry Madison, following his older brother and sister, Devonte and Kiersten. In addition to his immediate family, many grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends were instantly in love with the beautiful baby boy with the soft, curly hair. Cameron was followed by 3 more siblings, Aden, Adalynn and Adrian who he enjoyed both protecting and teasing almost equally.

As he grew, his personality, interests and obvious talents quickly developed. Cameron had a gentle spirit, yet was impressively athletic with never ending energy. He was a fast running, high jumping, skilled athlete. He excelled in every sport with a ball, and most without. Most recently playing as #16 for the Otsego Bulldogs Middle School Rocket Football team. He was also a wrestler and was coached by his step-father, Adam Campbell over the years. His father, Larry Madison, was proudly there to watch and congratulate his son on all of his efforts. When not practicing or playing competitively, Cameron was always surrounded by a group of friends, and enjoyed being a part of the “Jeffy Crew” also known as the “Flip Squad,” where he could do impressive flips and tricks that would leave those watching in disbelief.

Even though he was a force to be reckoned with in any arena of play, Cameron loved nature and being covered in dirt. He enjoyed catching frogs, fishing, hiking and anything that involved spending time outdoors with his family.

Cameron will be remembered for his gentle eyes, sly Mona Lisa like smirk when he was planning something, and the way he could make people laugh out loud. When he really smiled, it genuinely came from somewhere so deep within, he couldn’t contain it, and the joy that spilled out of him was infectious. He loved to play a good joke, because in the end, he could have the whole room laughing, and bringing joy to his family and friends was what he really loved to do, besides loving them. Oh, how Cameron was a lover. He may have been the fastest on the field, but he could also be found enjoying a good cuddle on the couch with his mama. Cameron taught those who knew him how to love in ways they hadn’t before, and his big heart and easy going attitude are to be admired and emulated.

Though those he left behind feel there were not enough days in his life, they know that his days were full of life. The joy he brought to everyone who knew him will live on forever in the broken hearts of his parents, gentle eyes of his grandparents, smiles and laughter of his siblings, cousins and friends and the memories held by all who knew him. He was a gift of love from Heaven to the world, and will be greatly missed.

Cameron passed away unexpectedly October 30, 2017 at his home in Otsego.

Surviving are his parents, Patti (Adam)Campbell of Otsego and Larry (Kimberly) Madison of Allegan; siblings, Devonte and Kiersten Madison, Aden and Adalynn Campbell and Adrian Sevitts; grandparents, Gary Sr. (Julie)Wheeler  Lauree (Mike) Snelson, Marie (Redigo) Bailey, Toni (Donna) Campbell and Leo (Janice) Madison; great-grandparents, Eva Kidd and Mary Drainer; aunts and uncles, Gary (Jennifer) Wheeler, Jason (Brandy) Wheeler, Andrew (Melissa) Wheeler, James Wheeler, Michael Gudith, Amy Drainer, Amber Campbell, Abby Campbell, Chad (Jessica) Germain, James (Christina) Madison, Matthew (Irma) Madison and Brandy (Adam) Emmons along with many cousins.

Friends may visit with Cameron’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Otsego Church of God with Pastor Stephen Burrows officiating.

Contributions in memory of Cameron may be made to

Gryphon Place of Kalamazoo

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Gretchen Kershaw

October 31, 2017 at 4:37 pm

Pattie, Madison Family, Friends & Loved Ones of Cameron…We are praying for you all and asking our HEAVENLY FATHER to send ministering angels to surround you, for the LORD JESUS to provide strength to you, and the HOLY SPIRIT to bring comfort and a peace that surpasses ALL understanding. There are no words that anyone could say that will erase the sorrow, pain, grief and hurt you are feeling, but what I can say is that you are surrounded by a community of people who have ALL the LOVE, support and prayers to help hold you up in this time of need.

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Grace Mercy Luv Ministries

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Mark

October 31, 2017 at 5:05 pm

I did not know this young man that had passed, i had seen it on my news feeds on facebook this morning and my eyes swelled up with tears. I pray and continue to send prayers to the family and friends and the community during this difficult time.

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Margie (Morgan) Grabowski

October 31, 2017 at 5:49 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss. RIP

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Cavazos family

October 31, 2017 at 6:16 pm

The Cavazos family will be praying for all of you. No words are right to express the sadness we feel for D, Kiersten and the entire family!

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Alisha Davis

October 31, 2017 at 6:42 pm

Pattie this is Kim’s sister Alisha, I met Cameron many times and he would give me hugs. He was such a sweet little young man and he has this big beautiful smile. I can’t imagine the pain you are experiencing right now. We will never understand God plans for our life, let alone a young child’s life. There are no words I can say that will take away the pain that you and the family are experiencing. Just know God is with us especially in times of grief. I will be praying for you.

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Craig &a Amanda

October 31, 2017 at 6:43 pm

Patti and Adam my heart goes out to you. I pray you and your family can find peace in your sorrow, and the memories can provide some light in this dark time . Our thoughts and love are with you .

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Mrs. Curtiss

October 31, 2017 at 7:14 pm

Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. I will miss his sweet smile in the office. He was such a wonderful young man.

Mrs. Curtiss

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Angie uramkin

October 31, 2017 at 7:44 pm

My daughter was really good friends with Cameron. She is devastated at that loss of her friend. Praying for your family!!!

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John Stidham

October 31, 2017 at 8:08 pm

So sorry for your loss. There are no words that will make you feel better with your overwhelming loss. Our children are suppose to outlive us. Please accept my condolences.

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Conni Pierce

October 31, 2017 at 8:14 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss my heart breaks thoughts and prayers with the family as friends god has another angel god bless

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Amy Nieuwenhuis

October 31, 2017 at 8:54 pm

Cameron’s smile, great attitude and that curly hair are forever etched on my heart. Can’t express my sympathies enough. Praying for all of his family and friends!

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Autumn Frost

October 31, 2017 at 8:56 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you all, my heart breaks seeing news like this from back home. I pray for strength and family to help all you through the loss and struggle.

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Jeanne A Wheeler and Stanley Wheeler

October 31, 2017 at 9:02 pm

My heart is so broken. So I know yours is numb. Were here for you always. We love you all. I’m sending our prayers and hugs and kisses to you all.

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Mary Harris

October 31, 2017 at 9:32 pm

Sorry for your loss. Praying for the family.

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Brandi Leonard

October 31, 2017 at 9:40 pm

Patti and family I am very sorry for you loss. I did not know Cameron very well, but I do remember, and always will, his curls, amazing smile and kind heart. I pray for continued support from your surrounding family, friends and community. My thoughts and prayers go out to you ALL in this tragic time. XOXOXOXOXO

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Carolyn Mathis

October 31, 2017 at 9:54 pm

Cameron will missed I’ve known the family since before he was born I loved his curly hair and cute smile he was a sweet boy I will be praying for the family I’m so sorry for the lost

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gary e. burd

October 31, 2017 at 10:01 pm

my feelings of despair and condolences are unmeasurable…I didnt know the young man…but my heart is still very broken. please reach out to me for any reason…no judgements or questions. <3

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Julie

October 31, 2017 at 10:44 pm

I did not know of him (directly) either. The fact that he represents so many youths of this world has brought me to tears also. My heart & deepest sympathy goes out to his family & friends. I hope you feel God’s arms wrap around you at this time We mourn, but Cameron would hope we wouldn’t, as he is no longer suffering the way he once was.{{ hugs }}

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Terri Long

October 31, 2017 at 11:23 pm

Sending your family up in prayer, prayer for healing, strength and guidance. I ask God to surround your family and loved ones to give you peace and comfort through this time. Cameron looked like a beautiful child with a contagious smile. Although I do not know him I feel a terrible loss, these things are never easy there are no words. Know that he is now with the Lord in an Amazing Heaven that is more beautiful than anything here on Earth. RIP Cameron you were an amazing light to your family.

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Kimberly Horn

November 1, 2017 at 5:22 am

Sending my love and prayers for Patti and the entire family. May God wrap his arms around you all and help you find peace and comfort through this difficult time. Cam was such an amazing kid. Top notch athlete, good friend with an infectious smile.

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Sharon Glass

November 1, 2017 at 7:08 am

I am so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. I wish that I had words of comfort. I know that nothing that I can say will ease your grief.

Please know that people care and are praying for you.

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Tina Vecchio

November 1, 2017 at 8:15 am

Iam so sorry for your loss.

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Sharon Milhiem

November 1, 2017 at 8:22 am

Praying for the whole family and his friends

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Stephanie K

November 1, 2017 at 8:48 am

Sending all my strength and love to your family as these things are never easy on anybody. I didn’t know this kid, but I know he loves you all dearly. Know that he is catching frogs in heaven and showing off his trampoline flips to a whole crowd. May you all find peace with this, as that is what Cameron would want. Rest in peace little buddy, we all love you.

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Lynne (Bullock) Livingston

November 1, 2017 at 8:51 am

Words cannot express the sadness I feel. I did not have the pleasure of meeting this child, but I do know a lot of the family. My heart breaks for you and know your are being lifted up in prayer. Strength and comfort. Loving you.

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Tim and Marcia Quigley

November 1, 2017 at 10:23 am

Dear Family of Cameron,

Please know that your son is now a Heavenly Angel watching over you! We send love and prayers to all of you and to all those that your son touched! May you always be comforted by your memories.

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Tom & Sue Brady

November 1, 2017 at 10:25 am

We are deeply sorry for your loss, praying for the entire family of this precious child.

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Lori Laughlin

November 1, 2017 at 10:33 am

Please know that the entire Bulldog community is suffering a broken heart. A loss to one of us is a loss to all of us. We are praying for all of ‘our kids’. May you find comfort in the outpouring of love and support during this dark and difficult time.

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The Loomis Family

November 1, 2017 at 11:04 am

We are all so saddened by Cameron’s passing. Cameron was such a sweet child and shared a friendship with our son, Harrison, also born on December 27th. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to your entire family.

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Ron Plotts (granps)

November 1, 2017 at 12:19 pm

May God give you comfort and warmth during this tragic time. Its hard for this old man not to cry when I think of Cam because he was such a wonderful young man and has spent many hours at our house with his friends and Connor (Plotts) I would sit in my easy chair and see Cam and 3 of his friends walking around the corner to come over and play on the trampoline and count the fish in our pond and look for frogs. He is such a gentlemen and special young man. Couldn’t miss him in a crowd with his curly hair and sweet smile. Missing you so much already little buddy. I thank God for the time I had with him. He was such a pleasure to be around. There small sweet gang will never be the same. RIP Cam

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Kathy Cassady

November 1, 2017 at 1:00 pm

You don’t know me but I wanted to send Thoughts and Prayers to the family.

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Lee & Katie Hitow

November 1, 2017 at 1:17 pm

Adam & Patti,

Lee and I are at a loss for words to say in this horrible time of grief. We just wanted you to know how much we are thinking about and praying for you both, his siblings and entire family. After reading about your son and his passions, Cameron seems like he was every dream & hope a parent could have asked for in their child. You must always be so proud of the love he had in his heart and to everyone he shared that with.

With heartfelt sympathy,

Lee & Katie Hitow

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Rachael Livingston

November 1, 2017 at 1:20 pm

There is no amount of kind words that could ever heal the hurt and pain in your heart. My heart breaks for you and your family and the heart ache no mother should ever have to face. May god wrap you in his arms and I pray for some peace for you and your family. Use the outpouring of support from your family and friends and community to help give you strength to keep going. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ❤️

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April

November 1, 2017 at 1:35 pm

You may not know me but my daughter Mercedes Jones was really Good friends with this amazing young man her thought a prays are with, Mercedes was devistatde at the loss of Cameron Madison May God be with you and your family sending many prayers your way

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Debbie Wesseling

November 1, 2017 at 1:39 pm

I am so so sorry Larry and Patti there are no words. You are all in my every prayer.

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Nikki Dykstra

November 1, 2017 at 1:43 pm

My sweet Patti (Trish), my heart is breaking for you. I wish I could just pull you into my arms right now. I have never read such a beautiful obituary in my life. Cameron was clearly amazing! Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you.

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kelly

November 1, 2017 at 1:57 pm

this is kim’s mom patti..wanted to let you know..all ur family is in my thoughts and prayers..

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Mike VanOrman

November 1, 2017 at 2:18 pm

We are very sorry for your loss. We pray that God gives your family the streghth to make it through this.

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Amy Walters

November 1, 2017 at 2:21 pm

You will be missed little man. I will always keep in my heart the memories of your sweet smile and personality. You always put a smile on the faces of people around.

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Christy and Bryan tamayo

November 1, 2017 at 2:48 pm

This us Amy’s friend I’m so srry to hear about your loss there’s no words that will make things better just know God and his angels ate with him he’s in good hands praying for your family

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Artricia Gaines

November 1, 2017 at 6:49 pm

I am so heartbroken for the family. My prayers are with each of you. May God grant you all with the peace and comfort that only He can provide. All of our love is embracing you. Please know that your Wadley family loves you all.

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The Crawfords

November 1, 2017 at 7:26 pm

Patti, We are thinking of you and your family, sending lots of prayers.

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Shannon Fuller

November 1, 2017 at 7:56 pm

I’m so saddened by this. There are no words to relieve your hurt. Cam has enter heaven and will forever cuddle you. You may not be able to touch him physically, but you will always feel his warmth.

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Nicole wells

November 1, 2017 at 8:22 pm

So sorry for your loss. No words can really ever help or soothe your pain. One can only hope for you all to find the strength to carry on. I pray that will find peace to carry on. May the Lord bless you in this time of darkness and help you see the light within your hearts. Peace and Love to you all.

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Amanda Almy

November 1, 2017 at 11:27 pm

So sorry for your loss. My heart hurts because I know your are all hurting. May you find comfort and peace in this very difficult time. I remember when we used to come over to Ervs and my kids would jump on the trampoline with Cam, D, and Kiersten, play catch together, and even try to out wrestle Cameron. He was always doing crazy flips and always had a big ol smile on his face with his curly hair bouncing all over the place. He was such a sweet boy, gone way too soon. We are praying for everyone that knew Cameron. Such a beautiful obituary…

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Stephenie Tebo Klingler

November 2, 2017 at 3:06 am

I’m so very sorry for your loss. My heart aches for all the family ands friends of this young man.

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Tracey Newburry (Davis)

November 2, 2017 at 7:42 am

So very sorry for your loss. Prayers, hugs and love being sent for the family and friends.

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Kelly Taber

November 2, 2017 at 10:09 am

To all of Cameron’s family,

My son Bryce and I are new to the Otsego area and Otsego Middle School. I am shocked at how quickly my son felt welcomed into the school and Cameron was one of the kids that made him feel welcome. Bryce feels very bad for Cameron and wishes he could have gotten to know him better. I understand that no words can heal your pain, but I wanted to let you know that our hearts and prays are with all of you. I hope you can find comfort in knowing that he did positively effect this new student and most likely will never be forgotten.

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Boysen family

November 2, 2017 at 11:58 am

Our prayers go out to all of Cameron’s families, friends and classmates during this very difficult time. While we have never had the pleasure of meeting Cameron, we wish we had. He sounds like a wonderful boy full of promise in this world. As parents, grandparents and great grandparents, we are shedding tears for Cameron and all of you over his passing. None of us knows what to say at times like these, but we hope these words may bring some comfort over the coming days . May God wrap his arms around all of you and hold you in his love.

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Stefanie Fowler

November 2, 2017 at 12:52 pm

I’m so sorry for your families loss may Godwrap his arms around you and your family and friends and comfort you all at a time like this R.I.P Cameron sending lots and lots of healing prayers your family

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Noah Thomson

November 2, 2017 at 1:42 pm

I’m sorry for your loss. Cameron will be missed.

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Madison Uramkin

November 2, 2017 at 7:01 pm

I’m so sorry for this unxpected loss of Cam. Cam was one of my best friends and he’s helped me through so much. He was the funniest person I’ve met and he alaways made me laugh and even if I was already laughing he would make it 10x better than it already was. He was also such an inspiration to me he taught me how to always stay posative and alaways smile. My prayers out to his Family.

-Madison Uramkin

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Rachel (Worden) Schuiteboer

November 2, 2017 at 8:29 pm

Patti (Trish) & family. My heart breaks for you and there are just no words to describe. Thoughts, prayers and all my love to you and with your family.

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Dalton family says:

November 2, 2017 at 10:19 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to the family and friends of this young man.

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Maria Penninga

November 3, 2017 at 6:02 am

Very sad

I’m very sorry for your loss. I don’t know your brother, but he sounded like a wonderful young boy. May God guide you in this tragic time. My heart aches for your family. This is very sad . I’m truly sorry this has happened to you and your family. ☹️ My God give you the strength to carry on , my dear.. Losing a loved one is so very hard at any age. So young with a lot going for him. So sorry , so soon. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Kim and Wayne Rayburn

November 3, 2017 at 9:54 am

So sorry for your loss, our deepest sympathies. Our prayers go out to Cameron’s family and friends. We understand that no words can diminish the pain you all are feeling during this difficult time, but want you to know that we will be lifting you up in prayer. May God’s infinite love embrace you all and give you peace, comfort and strength.

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Tonia Forney

November 3, 2017 at 10:53 am

Patti…..there are no words…..My heart breaks for you and your family….I am very sorry for the loss of your son, Cameron. He was such an inspiration to everyone that knew him. I will miss watching him on the field with my son Calvin, and the team. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you strength at this most difficult time.

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Kristina B.

November 4, 2017 at 12:47 pm

My heart cries out for you. I know that Cameron was a wonderful fella. He had a beautiful laugh. He was good at making others feel good. He loved nature. He loved you all very much. I am so sorry for your loss. Everyday will be a new day without him. The obituary is beautifully written sentiment for him. I pray for God to wrap his loving arms around each one of you, everyday and give you comfort. I will continue to pray for each of you.

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Cissy johnson

November 5, 2017 at 10:59 am

My deepest sympathy to the Madison family. My prayers are with you all. May God give you the strength to get through this tragic time.

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Melissa Elkins

November 13, 2017 at 10:39 pm

I only met Cameron once but I always remembered him.. him & my son wrestled against each other at a tournament in Otsego & one other time after that.. about 4 or 5 years ago now it’s one of the few actual pics I have, one of those 2. He was the nicest,

most good natured, easy going kid my son ever wrestled. Before that he had a lot of kids that were the opposite, he started a little later than the rest & it wasn’t easy on him at all then.. I think meeting Cameron was what kept him in the sport.. They were pretty even matched & went back & forth but Cameron had the best sportsmanship & attitude we ever saw. I always remembered him bc he had such a good heart. I am so sorry for your unimaginable loss. He was a great kid.

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Amanda Allen

December 16, 2017 at 7:22 am

Adam & patti,

I am so sorry for your loss… Words cannot explaine how much my heart hurts for you both. I couldnt even imagine what you both are going through right now. If you need anything at all or just need someone to talk to my ears are always opened to listen. I love you both and i will continué to pray for you both as you get through this tragedy and difficult time… R.I.P. SWEET BOY

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lily

December 27, 2017 at 11:24 am

I never knew you Cam, but I hear about you all the time from a sweet friend of yours and what I can say is that you were such a light and an angel in this world, and you will be greatly missed by all. Rest In Peace ❤️

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Haley Beazley

December 30, 2017 at 10:51 pm

Cameron, we have countless memories all the way from kindergarten it breaks my heart to know that you had to go so soon I miss you with all of my heart when I found out what happend I could not breathe I was just extremely shocked you were an amazing person a caring friend you alaways had a way to make someone smile.if they were having a bad day you would make sure they would leave with a smile on their face you were one of my best friends. I don’t know if words can explain how much I miss u I love you Cameron(curly fries) -haley :))

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Hailee Gouin

August 22, 2018 at 1:13 pm

Me and Cameron were good friends from the beginning, we first met in kindergarten. I was very shy and didn’t want to really talk but in the first couple minutes he had a smile on my face. We helped each other through tough times when we needed it the most or the least. He showed me how to love myself and how to love one another, he was always smiling and had jokes. Everyone loved Cameron he was a very lovable person, he had many friends and was always making more. Him and I grew apart a little more than I hoped because I was homeschooled in 7th grade, when I heard what had happened I was immediately in tears. My prayers go out to everyone who had the blessing of Cameron in your life, especially those who were very close to him. I hope all is well with the family and friends.

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