William E. Campbell

January 14, 2017

William Earl Campbell, 95, of Crawfordsville went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 14, 2017.  He had been surrounded in recent days by family and friends who love him and will miss him greatly, and he had family at his side when he passed away.  He was born May 17, 1921 in Stockwell, Indiana.  He was the sixth and youngest child and only son of Earl and Mary (Butler) Campbell.  He graduated from Frankfort High School in 1939 and was a cheerleader for the 1939 Frankfort State Championship Basketball Team.  He married Beth Jean Miller in Mulberry, Ind., on June 20, 1942.  She passed away on November 24, 1993.

Bill served as a Staff Sargent in the US Army from 1942-1945, protecting the Panama Canal during World War II. When he left to serve, he left behind his 18-year-old bride Beth, his job at the telephone company, and his parents and siblings. After training in New Orleans, he boarded a boat with no idea where they were sending him.

He returned to civilian life in 1945 and resumed his career with AT&T and Indiana Bell, where he would work for another 38 years until his retirement in 1982.  Bill remained active in the Telephone Pioneers volunteer organization until the end of his days.  He was a long-time member of St. Luke United Church of Christ in Frankfort, serving as an Elder, Trustee, and Sunday School teacher.

Bill loved woodworking, refinishing furniture, and playing golf in his spare time.  He enjoyed visiting with others, traveling all over to spend time with family and friends, and helping them all in any way he could.  He was honored to participate in the WWII Veterans Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

Bill leaves behind a legacy of love and joy, often commenting in his last few months that he was the most blessed man in the world for having the family and friends that surrounded him.  Those of us that knew him know that we are the ones who are blessed for having had him in our lives.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be on 12 Noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Goodwin Funeral Home, Frankfort, Indiana. Services will begin at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Scott Highlander from St. Luke United Church of Christ officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Luke Cemetery, next to his beloved wife Beth. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Luke United Church of Christ in Frankfort, Indiana.

Survived by:

He is survived by his two sons, Michael (Pamela) Campbell of St. Louis, Missouri, and Tom (Susie) Campbell of Crawfordsville. He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Maggie (Mark) Coleman of Columbia, Kentucky, Barb (Dave) Harris of Cincinnati, OH, Jon (Martha) Campbell of Crawfordsville, Andy (Samantha) Campbell of Danville, and Stephanie (Jeff) Strickland of Crawfordsville, and his twelve great grandchildren (Gabe, Ty, Michaela, Macy, Sidney, William, Colin, Ainsley, Mirabeth, Adelaine, Feena, & Carson), and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.

Preceded by:

his wife, parents, five older sisters, and 1 great grandchild.


Leave your Condolences

7 Condolences for “William E. Campbell”

  1. Gregory Finch January 16, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Great Uncle Bill is the last of my relatives from ‘The Greatest Generation’ and the best example of how a man should conduct his life. He served God, his family, his country, his profession, and his community with genuine commitment, honesty and grace. As a grandson of his sister, Mercedes, any family event when I was growing up that included Great Uncle Bill was a ‘great’ opportunity to experience his spirit and humor. We last spoke at his 90th birthday party, where dozens and dozens of people showed up to express their joy of his being a part of their lives—and he was truly humbled by it all. We will miss you, Uncle Bill, and we are happy knowing that you and Aunt Beth and all your sisters are together again.

  2. Paul Nelson January 16, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    I knew Bill by working at the telephone company. He was a good engineer and a very nice person to be around. Sending my sympathy to the family.

  3. Gloria Camp January 16, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    I have known Bill for many years. Working with him at IBT in Crawfordsville and participating in the Pioneers. We have missed him at the monthly luncheons. He always wore a big smile. He was a kind man. I remember his sons at FSHS. So sorry for your loss.

  4. Ron Kerby January 16, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    A neighbor from a long time ago when I was an elementary kid but, admired him for always being friendly and business like. Raised a couple of good guys too who always beat me in sports. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
    Ron Kerby

  5. Rex Camp January 17, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Tom & Susie — I am deeply saddened by the loss of your Father. Even with the passing of one who has had a long and well lived life, it is hard to say goodbye. But stay focused on the great memories and the comfort of you friends and loved ones. And may he rest in eternal peace. God bless.

  6. Connie Lanam January 17, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Dear Tom & Susie,
    My thoughts are with you and your family as you deal with the loss of Bill. I was always delighted to see your dad whenever we were at the same family gatherings. He was always so friendly, kind, and attentive to all — even a shy little girl. May your many good memories from his long life sustain you.

  7. Terri Kerns January 17, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Bill, you will be missed. I loved listening to your story’s about life, always up beat always good words and your voice was very calming. Your now with your wife, whom you spoke awesomely about. God bless!!

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