Frederick William Kameyer IV “Rick”, son of Frederick William Kameyer III “Fred” and Ellen Chapman, was born on Dec 16, 1950 in Galveston, Texas. He died on February 18, 2021, in his home in Hanover Park, surrounded by his family.
His family moved to Des Plaines, Illinois in 1953. Rick graduated from Maine West in 1969 and attended Elmhurst University and MacMurray College.
Like his father before him, he liked the world of sales. Perhaps his favorite position within the sales world was that of a recruiter where he traveled the country looking to hire good salespeople. In fact, it was on one of those recruiting trips to Ohio where he met his wife, Debbi. Debbi and Rick were married in May of 1981. They lived in Fargo, ND. There, they welcomed three children; Ashley Victoria, Frederick William V “Derick” and Elissa Justine. Shortly after the birth of their children, the family was transferred to the Chicagoland area. Rick’s pride and joy was his family.
He loved all sports, but especially his beloved Cubs! Each year he was hopeful that was the year he would see them win the World Series. He was over the moon to have been able to attend one of the Series games in 2016, when they actually did win the World Series. He coached all of his kids in basketball. He volunteered with both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and also served as a volunteer advisor for the U-46 school district. He is fondly remembered as a basketball coach to many in his community and Grand-Pop to his wife’s daycare children.
He was always searching for that perfect job in sales that did not require him to travel. In the year 2000, he went into the cell phone industry, eventually acquiring stores in three locations. He was proud to have his son work in the stores alongside him. He retired in 2011. His retirement offered time for some traveling with Debbi. One of their favorite places to go was Wisconsin, where they would enjoy rented cabins.
A highlight of his life was in 2018, when his grandson Frederick William Kameyer VI “Erick” was born. Erick gave him such great joy!
Those left to cherish his memory include: his wife, Debbi of nearly 40 years; daughter Ashley Tomczak (Tomasz); son Frederick William Kameyer V “Derick” (Jill); grandson Frederick William Kameyer VI “Erick”; daughter Elissa Kameyer (Steven Stoops); sister Denise Bontrager (Allen Spoelstra); numerous sisters/brothers in law, nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.