April 16, 1933 - June 3, 2017
James L. Van Camp, 84, of Duluth, Minnesota died Saturday, June 3, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth.
He was born in Draper, Wisconsin April 16, 1933 to Ezra (Ed) Van Camp and Francis (Warwick).
He grew up in Park Falls, Wisconsin.
James served in the Navy from 1951 to 1955 and the Coast Guard from 1964 to 1968. He was an accomplished oil painter rendering several portraits of Admirals and of other officers, some of which are on display in the nation’s capital at the Pentagon.
The public library in Park Falls has one of his paintings entitled “Anna’s Song” where one can view his mastery of the canvas.
He also created a regional cartoon strip “Wild River” that appeared in the The Phillips Bee and the Reader Weekly newspapers. He also worked as a sign painter for Lakehead signs in the Twin Ports.
Jim enjoyed playing the button box accordion and was a member of the Button Box Club USA.
He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Beloved husband of wife Edie and father of daughter Jennifer, and step sons Ted, Ter, Tom Heinonen and Tim and Tyler Kaiser
There will be a private memorial service later this month.