Camburn, Gary

Written by David Green.

Gary Camburn, 60, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 4, 2010, at home.

He was born Feb. 28, 1950, in Morenci.  On July 14, 1973, in Adrian, Mich., he married Suzanne Lockwood and she survives.

Gary was a 1968 graduate of Morenci Area High School and he furthered his education at Elkhart College in Indiana, earning a laboratory technician degree.  He worked at Morenci Area Hospital until it closed and was then transfered to Herrick Hospital in Tecumseh in July 2007, with a total of 39 years of service. 

Gary was a member of the Morenci Sportsman Club, the NRA and the American Trap Shooter Association. In 2001, Gary earned the number one position in the state of Michigan, winning ATA Michigan Handicap Open class AA shooting 200 straight. He loved his Harley and was proud of his last trip to Florida which included the dragon at Deal’s Gap.

Besides his wife, Gary is survived by two sons, Zachery Camburn of White Lake, and Nathan (and Kristen) Camburn of Deland, Fla.; and two grandsons, Hunter and Ryder (due in January 2011).

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, William and Irene Camburn.

Funeral services are planned at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Visitation is scheduled at 1 p.m. Thursday until the service.

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