Ross Cameron Sydenham, son of Charles and Leona Paulina (Dimmit) Sydenham, was born in Broken Bow, Neb., on March 19, 1929, and died in Lehi, Utah, on Aug. 26, 2011.
The span of his life was 82 years, 5 months, and 7 days, and it ended peacefully in the midst of his loving family. In the days preceding his death, Cameron had expressed the desire to be relieved of his suffering and reunited with his eternal companion, Sadie Beth (Gardner).
Cameron and Sadie were high school sweethearts in Blackfoot and were married Jan. 4, 1949. Sadie introduced Cameron to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), which he joined, and they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on Oct. 27, 1959. Together, during their more than 61 years of earthly matrimony, Cameron and Sadie remained true to each other and lived lives of service and faith, setting an example for their children and grandchildren.
A graduate of Blackfoot High School, Cameron lived in many different places during his life including Fallon, Nev.; Austin, Nev.; Sacramento, Calif. and the Bay Area; Blackfoot; Boise; Carson City, Nev.; Sparks, Nev.; Monroe, Utah; and Lehi, Utah.
As an Air Force veteran, Cameron performed a variety of jobs throughout his life but spent most of his career with Nevada Bell (Ma Bell), working hard on his way from laborer to engineer. His interests included family history research, furniture refinishing, fishing and music (piano, organ and banjo). He was also an oil painter, creating many works that now hang in the homes of his descendants.
After his conversion, Cameron was a faithful member of the LDS church, in which he served as bishop (twice), a counselor in a bishopric, executive secretary, scoutmaster, Sunday school teacher and nursery leader (he loved this calling), among other responsibilities.
In retirement, Cameron spent time refinishing furniture and cabinetry. He also restored an original World War II Willys US Navy Jeep and an original deck chair from the Queen Mary of the Cunard Cruise Line.
On Feb. 13, 2011, he fulfilled a longtime aspiration of presenting the restored chair to the captain of the Queen Mary. Today, the chair can be found in a Lido Deck display on the ship.
Cameron was preceded in death by his wife, parents and three siblings: Ronnie, Margaret, and Carol. He has one surviving brother, Ronald.
Surviving Cameron are his seven children: Karen (Bruce) Leatham of Mesa, Ariz.; Curt (Vicki) Sydenham of Salt Lake City, Utah; Steve (Debbie) Sydenham of Sparks, Nev.; Janean (Lynn) Peterson of Spanish Fork, Utah; Susan (Ken) Lovell of Heber City, Utah; Alisa Sydenham of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Connie (Dale) Holman of Reno, Nev. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 30, 2011, at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling in Blackfoot. A graveside service will follow at 11 a.m. at the Riverside Thomas Cemetery where final military rites will be presented by American Legion Stewart Hoover Post #23.
All are invited to attend a luncheon following the graveside service. Immediate family communication may be sent to PO Box 838 Heber City, Utah 84032.
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