William “Bill” Campbell, of Mora, formerly of Coon Rapids, passed away on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the FirstLight Health System in Mora. He was 79 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora with Fr. Gene Plaisted and Rita Clasemann officiating.
VISIATATION will be held from 6 -8 pm on Monday, September 15th at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
INTERMENT will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Mora.
William Norman “Bill” Campbell of Mora, Minnesota passed away on September 11, 2014 at the FirstLight Health System in Mora. He was 79 years old.
Bill was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 28, 1935 to parents David and Margaret. In 1940 he moved to Mora, Minnesota with his family where he enjoyed activities such as hunting and fishing with his many brothers and sisters.
In 1951 Bill relocated to the Twin Cities. He held many different jobs during his early years- from garbage man to pin setter at Flaherty’s Bowl in Arden Hills; from filling station attendant to fireman on the railroad. However, he was best known as a carpenter owning his own company Bill Campbell Construction for many years.
With his previous wife Loretta, he raised a family of five children- Jack, Karen, Bill, Julie, and Michael- in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. During that time he volunteered as a coach for his sons’ Little League baseball teams and his daughter’s softball team. He also learned to play the guitar and passed that talent down to his children. Bill wrote and performed many songs throughout the course of his life, but most of them during his later years after he married Doris in 2006.
He was an avid bowler who bowled for decades in a weekly bowling league while also travelling occasionally to Las Vegas to bowl in tournaments. As with the guitar, he passed his love of bowling down to all of his children.
Bill was also a regular golfer for most of his life and was active in the sport all of the way up until two weeks before he passed away. He was a regular at Spring Brook Golf Course in Mora and played often in the Wednesday morning tournaments that are held there during the summer. He also registered three official hole-in-ones during his lifetime, two occurring in Arizona where Doris and Bill would spend their winters.
Bill was also known to build unique birdhouses for his family and friends. He also had an artistic side painting dozens of original pictures with most given away as gifts for loved ones. A man of faith, he was a member of both St. Mary’s Church in Mora as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He had an infectious laugh, a smile that would brighten up a room, and enough corny jokes to last a lifetime. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren- always doing something silly to try to make the little ones laugh. He will be greatly missed by his many family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his sisters Lou, Annette, Elaine and Marie, brothers Dave, Tom, Bob, Ervin and Jim, and stepdaughter Debbie.
Bill is survived by his wife Doris; children Jack (Sherry), Karen McCall, Bill (Brenda), Julie (David) Houle, and Michael; nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren; brother Louie (Judy); sisters-in-law Helen Campbell and Vi (Dennis) Rowley; five stepchildren, seventeen step-grandchildren, and twenty step-great grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.
A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora with Rev. Gene Plaisted and Rita Clasemann officiating. Music was provided by Kris Paulson. Casket Bearers were Bill Campbell Jr., Louie Campbell Jr., Scott Cambpell, Jeff Campbell, Gary Campbell, and Adam Houle. Interment was in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Mora. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.