David Lee Camren, 70, of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on Monday, September 9, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
David was born on November 22, 1948 in Coffeyville, Kansas to Virgil Ellis Camren and Olive May (Redus) Camren.
He grew up in the area of Wann, Oklahoma where he went to high school. At age 20 he proudly served his country in the United States Navy for four years earning the rank of BM3 (E-4); upon receiving his honorable discharge he transferred to the Naval Reserve. During his service he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medical with Four Bronze Stars and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
David was united in marriage to Marilyn Wooten. Of that union three daughters were born, Dana, Lana and Jana. The couple later divorced. They remained friends and were great co-parents for their girls.
He worked as a mechanic, a truck driver and tree trimmer. He was known as “Monkey David” and his trucker handle was “Lil Red”. He was awarded for a million miles with no accidents.
David was a member of attendee of the Emmanuel Chapel in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma. He enjoyed playing the guitar and singing. He was part of a group of friends that went to Casey’s and Eggberts for morning coffee. You could often find him tinkering on different projects, and could build air compressors from scratch. Most of all he loved the time he spent surrounded by his family.
David is survived by his daughters, Dana Lea Bechtle of Coffeyville, Kansas, Lana Wright of McAlester, Oklahoma, Jana Sells and husband, Rob of Coffeyville, Kansas; siblings, Virgil Camren and wife Louise of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, J.E. Camren and wife, Linda of Bonner Springs, Kansas, Margie Blair and husband, Vern of Smithton, Missouri, Patty Russell and husband, Jerry of Independence, Kansas; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Olive Camren; an infant child in 1972; brother, Garver Camren; sister, Lucille Robinson; granddaughter, Lilith Anderson
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, September 13, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Chapel in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Coffeyville, Kansas. Military Rites will be provided by the V.F.W. Post 1022 and American Legion Post 20l
Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at David W. Barnes in Coffeyville, Kansas. Family will greet friends Thursday evening at the funeral home from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
The family suggests memorials can be made to Emmanuel Chapel; contributions can be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home 306 North Cline, Coffeyville, Kansas 67337.
David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Kansas is in charge of arrangements.