OTTAWA — Genaro O. "Shorty" Camareno, 78, of Ottawa died at 12:20 p.m. Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Lima Memorial Hospital, Lima. He was born September 20, 1935 in Beeville, TX to the late Benito and Otilla (Ortega) Camareno. On November 1, 1953 he married Maria Florastella Enriquez who died December 3, 2004.
He is survived by 6 children: Daniel Camareno of Ottawa, Melba (Antonio) Navarro of Leipsic, Juan Camareno of Ottawa, David (Cynthia) Camareno of Houston, TX., Cindy Camareno of Ottawa, and Chris Camareno of Ottawa; 29 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers: Joe (Josefina) Reyes, TX, and Ben (Sandy) Reyes of Defiance; a sister: Rosa (Joe) Pena of IL; 2 daughters-in-law: Corina Camareno of Leipsic and Claudia Camareno of Houston, TX.
He was also preceded in death by 2 sons: Benito and Freddy Camareno; a granddaughter: Angie L. Martin; his stepfather: Simon Reyes; 2 brothers: Daniel and Alberto Camareno; and 2 sisters: Felipa Rodriguez and Constancia Camareno.
Shorty worked at Buckeye Sugar Mill in Ottawa, worked 15 years part time at Verhoff Alfalfa Mills, and 15 years at E.J. Meyers and Sons. After he retired he decided to go to work at the Village of Ottawa as a park custodian, his pride was painting the lines on the baseball field and mowing the lawn. He enjoyed working on vehicles, gardening, fishing, and having barbecues where he would grill his famous chicken. He liked riding his lawnmower and just mowing neighbors lawns. Shorty loved making breakfast for his grandchildren after they spent the night. His quote was "Family is everything, if you don't have family you have nothing in life. If you have family, then your a wealthy person." So Shorty was a very wealthy man because he left behind a very rich legacy.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 24, 2014 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa with Fr. Matt Jozefiak officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm. on Saturday and 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at LOVE FUNERAL HOME, Ottawa where there will be a rosary at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the family.
Condolences can be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.