James Richard Campbell James Richard Campbell, 75, passed away on Monday, March 24, 2014 at St. Francis Health Care. He was born May 27, 1938 in Chambersburg Township, North Carolina to Margaret Campbell. His mother preceded him in death. He graduated from R.A. Clement High School in Cleveland North Carolina in 1956. While in high school he served as the senior class reporter. He later attended Washburn University. He served in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged. After the military he entered employment with General Dynamics Astronautics and elected not to transfer with the company when the plant was closed in Topeka. His career continued with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Railway until June 16, 1964 when he started working as a firefighter for the City of Topeka Fire Department. Jimmy worked his way through the ranks of the fire department as a driver, Lieutenant, Inspector, Chief Arson Investigator, Battalion Chief, and Deputy Fire Chief. He retired after 33 years on September 19, 1997. He was an instructor for Kansas University teaching arson investigation and worked on a special project for the Shawnee County Sheriff s Department for a short time. Jimmy volunteered as a sheriff's deputy along with his friend Carl McDonald. Jimmy and Carolyn Wims united in marriage in 1962. To this union one daughter was born, Erica Elise in 1972. He was a member of the Capital Area Major Case Squad, the Corrections Advisory Board, Kansas Peace Officers Association, International Arson Investigator, Kansas Fire Marshals Association, Kansas Chapter International Association of Arson Investigators, and R.A. Clement High School Alumni Association. He was certified as a Kansas law enforcement officer and fire/arson investigator. He leaves to cherish his memory, his daughter, Erica Campbell, Carolyn Campbell, nieces, nephews, cousins, many godchildren, friends, and lifelong classmates. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 31, 2014 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel. There will be a special memories service at 6:30 p.m. with the Topeka Fire Department Honor Guard. Family will greet guests from 6-8 p.m. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Topeka Cemetery. The Topeka Fire Department Local 83 Honor Guard will conduct the The Last Bell Alarm Ceremony at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions to St. Mark's AME Church Stewardess Board, 801 NW Harrison, Topeka, KS., 66608 or Topeka Rescue Mission. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.bowserjohnsonfuneralchapel.com. James R. Campbell
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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2014