Willard Robert Campbell, Sr. age 73, passed away on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 at St. Francis Hospital. Willard was born June 4th, 1935 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan to Richard and Azella (MacInnis) Campbell.
He married the former Nancy Myrick on September 7th, 1957 in Sault St. Marie. His family and his pets were his life. In addition, Willard loved the outdoors which included hunting and fishing. Fixing things was another past-time he enjoyed. During his working life, Willard was employed at the Red Owl Grocery Store and later at Super One Foods. Patrons at these stores remember him for his kindness and concern in serving them. Willard retired in 2002.
He was a long-time member of the Memorial United Methodist and a member of the Teamsters Union.
Willard Campbell, Sr. survivors include:
His loving wife of nearly 52 years, Nancy
2 Daughters- Cheryl (David) LaCarte of Cornell; Sandra Campbell of Gladstone
2 Sons-Willard Campbell of Piedmont, South Carolina; Richard (Melanie) Campbell of Bark River
Grandchildren- Ashlee, Paven, Mary Ann, Kristina, Isaac, Isabel, David, Dylan, and Ricky
and by one great-granddaughter, Peytyn,and by nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by his brother, Earl (Verna) Campbell of Sault St. Marie and by his sister, Lois (Jim) Roo of Sault St. Marie.
In addition to his parents, and his parents-in-law, Joseph and Viola Myrick, Willard was preceded in death by brothers, Neil and Alden Campbell, and by a sister, Lila Fournier.
The family of Willard R. Campbell will receive friends on Sunday at the Memorial United Methodist Church in Gladstone from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Service celebrating Willard
Aunt Nancy and family,
I just wanted to share a memory that I had of the times when Uncle Willard and Dad got together it was fun for me to see how much they were still a like even after many years of being apart. They talked so much the same and swore at the same things and that Campbell stubborness. After losing Dad I have come up with one word for losing them and that is it Sucks but one foot in front of the other and we’ll all make it:) Take care and just remember they are in a better place now and they can breathe.
Amy (Campbell) Slater
Sault Ste Marie, MI
Our memories of Willard began when he came down from the Soo to manage the Red Owl store in Gladstone. He was an exellent manager and a good friend. He made working at the store a pleasure and he was very good with the customers. We shared some good times together away from the store with our families. Good times that will always be remembered. We know he will be missed by his family and his many friends. God bless you, Willard.
Dick & Kay Thompson
Willard was a big part of my memories of working at Red Owl. He was a caring and sensitive man not to mention how much of a hard worker he was. I enjoyed working with him and he will be missed. My deepest sympathy to Nancy and the family.
Katie Jacobsen (Kathy Koski)
I am so sorry to hear about Willard’s passing. I knew him from working at Super One. He was a wonderful man. Your family is in my thoughts & prayers.
Nancy and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Willard’s passing. Just a note to let you know that you are in my thoughts.
Sandra Sundquist( Sam)
To my old friends Jr. and Rick and the entire Campbell family I offer my deepest condolences on your loss. I remember Mr. Campbell’s smile from my youth. Rest in peace, sir.
Valley Village, CA
Sorry to here of Willard’s passing. You have my deepest sympathy. His passing brings back fond memories of working at the Gladstone Red Owl.
I am really sorry for your loss. He was a great guy and will be missed!