EUREKA – Arthur Cameron “Cam” Willey, 67, died effortlessly and beautifully at 7:35 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at his home in Smyrna, Ga., surrounded by his family and friends.
He was born Oct. 10, 1951, in Peoria, the son of James and Betty Jean Willey. He married Carole Sewell. She survives.
Other survivors include one brother, Terry (Lynn) Mechling; three sisters, Joyce Nabstebt, Cindy (Fred) Strube and Candace (Jack) Paul and five nephews, Jonathan Mechling, Tyler Willey, Jason Willey, Christopher Willey and Jim Camp.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Michael Willey.
Cam graduated from Eureka High School, Eureka, in 1969 and obtained a bachelor’s degree in business from Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, in 1973. While at IWU, he served as president of Theta Chi. He earned his doctorate from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1983, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Cam worked as a Sheriff’s Detective, range officer and sergeant for Peoria County. He also worked at three law firms in Denver, Colo.: Shaw, Spangler & Roth, Kutak, Rock & Campbell and Lohf, Shaiman & Ross, as well as his own practice for a while. Cam was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 23, 1987. He was a deep thinker, author, man of faith, loyal friend, loving brother and adoring husband who enjoyed adventure, sailing, skiing and the beach. Cam battled a rare genetic disease for most of his life with debilitating effects, yet he never complained and always had a beautiful smile for everyone.
A celebration of life will be held Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. (Central time) at Cumberland Community Church, Smyrna.
Memorials may be made to the, “The Collective,” in care of the church, 3110 Sports Ave., Smyrna, Ga., 30080.