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1927 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Richard (Dick) Robert Campbell, 86, died peacefully September 6th, 2013 in Chicago Heights, IL. Dick Campbell was born February 19, 1927 in Alliance, Ohio to the late John Floyd Campbell and Mary (Lawther) Campbell. Upon graduation from Alliance High School, he served a year in the U.S. Navy on the ship USS Yorktown, and in June of 1949, completed an undergraduate degree in Music Education at Muskingum College. Days later, he married his high school sweetheart, Lorena May Burnell (Mount Union College, 1949). The couple settled in Youngstown, Ohio, where Dick taught choral music at East High School for the next 15 years. He received his Masters of the Arts degree in 1962, from Kent State University. In 1964, Dick and Lorena moved with their four young children to Homewood, Illinois, where their youngest daughter was born, and where Dick continued his career in choral music at Thornton Township High School in neighboring Harvey. Through 1982, he taught at TTHS, conducting the Concert Choir, and the Madrigals. His serious joy and commitment to the music and to his students helped lead to life-long friendships and enduring mutual affection and appreciation with his many singers. Dick touched hundreds of lives through his decades of service in the public school systems. Another commitment and joy of his life was directing music for several church congregations, including First Methodist Church, in Niles, Ohio; Pleasant Grove United Presbyterian Church, in Youngstown, Ohio; and First United Methodist Church, in Harvey, Illinois. Following his retirement from teaching, Dick organized "Wondrous Love," a small ensemble of singers, and later, "A New Song." These lively, capable ensembles shared their music in concerts and performances throughout the south suburban community. Dick and Lorena moved to Olympia Fields, Illinois in 2011. Dick's pleasures and passions in life were many -- ringing handbells with Lorena (to her exacting standards), reading aloud with her on long car trips, hiking many miles of trails on family camping trips throughout the U.S., long days of waterskiing and evenings of fiercely competitive ping-pong games. Aside from choral music, his favorite soundtrack was perhaps radio sports announcers, be the team the Cubs, Bulls, or Bears. Though perpetually slim, Dick was especially fond of pie and cookies and homemade ice cream. He will be remembered for his quiet sense of humor, his beautiful smile, and his warm, enveloping greetings and good-byes. Dick is survived by Lorena Campbell, his beloved wife of 64 years. He is also survived by his sister Rhoda Campbell, of Sebring, OH; by his children: Mark (and Danette) Campbell, of Trenton, KY; Dian Campbell (and Jeff McLean), of Port Townsend, WA; Duane (and Deborah) Campbell, of Pflugerville, TX; Gwen Rising Sun of Minneapolis, MN; and Joyce (and Doug) DeWitt of Mundelein, IL; by his four grandchildren, Alex and John Mark Campbell and Rowan and Kess DeWitt, and by numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m., at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 18850 Riegel Rd., Homewood, IL. There will be singing! In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Andrew Methodist Church and Doctors Without Borders. Dick was a devoted, gentle, and loving husband and father, and a generous and deeply inspiring teacher.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Sept. 12, 2013
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