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William D. Campbell

November 26, 2015 - March 23, 2015


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Bill Campbell was born and raised in Lima, Ohio. He when to college in the 60’s, he left college a few units short of a degree in science, he was influenced by the times. He hit the road in the late 60’s in a 1946 converted International school bus named “Edge City”. He wound up in New Mexico around 1970. He met the love of his life Joanie. Joanie had two children Joanne and James. Later Bill and Joanie added Rainbow and Nadine to the family.

Bill’s life was full of adventure. When we lived in New Mexico we would take Bill’s bus out to visit different places thought out the US. Many times there would be a destination, but most times the bus would break down before we ever arrive, and we would be stuck there until enough money was made to fix the bus. We spent a whole season picking cherries in Gunnison Colorado, and a summer in Chama New Mexico, while Bill worked as extra in a movie, and a fall on the Russian River waiting until the motor was rebuilt. Needless to say the bus was sold or given away. Bill and Joanie continued to take Rainbow and Nadine on adventurous vacations through-out their childhoods, however the cars always made it to where it was going and back.

Bill worked doing many different things through-out his life. He cut wood, drove cars, fought forest fires, mechanic, an extra in movies, farm labor, farmer, sold art, sold courier service, Real estate sales, owner of a Cigar shop, and then a maintenance supervisor for Burbank Housing. In spite of Bill’s frustration with things not ever being perfect, he love his job at Burbank Housing. Many managers came to depend on him, as he always answered his phone when no one else would.

Bill had a passion for Golf, football (go 49ers), good cigars, politics, South Park and his family. He planned to spend his retirement playing golf with his son in laws.

Bill had a sense of humor that could shock and amaze you all at the same time. He would do impersonations of political figures and he like joke on the serious. He would yelled at the TV when he had an issue with the present’s politic views, make fun of the tea party and the republican’s. In the late 70’s there were characters named Mr. Bill and Mr. Hand on Saturday Night Live, he would do impersonations of Mr. Bill by using his line “ooh noooo”, when something was going wrong.

Bill was one of the kindest, caring people anyone could meet. He was a true gentleman. He almost always wore a smile on his face, and he left a lasting impression on everybody he met.

Bill followed his wife of 43 years to paradise on March 23, 2015, almost 7 months after her passing. He leaves behind his sister Connie Highland (Art), his children, Joanne Elliot (Jesse), James Bloom (Becca), Rainbow Giancola (Ken), Nadine Takahashi (So), 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

A service for Bill will held on May 1, 2015 at 2:00.

At Pleasant Hill Cemetery

1700 Pleasant Hill RD

Sebastopol CA