Weiker Funeral Home Inc
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Slater, MO 65349
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1925 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Robert (Bob) Byrd Campbell, Jr., 88, of Odessa, died Sunday, July 6, 2014, at his home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, at the First Baptist Church in Odessa with Rev. Terry Hodges officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, in the Slater City Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the First Baptist Church in Odessa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to be made to the Good Hope Cemetery Association or the High Hill Cemetery Association. Born Oct. 24, 1925, in Frankfort, he was the son of the late Robert Byrd Campbell, Sr. and Burniece Hill Campbell. On June 20, 1948, he married Martha Sue Bell; she preceded him in death Nov. 14, 1998. Mr. Campbell was a member and deacon emeritus of the First Baptist Church of Odessa. After proudly graduating from Gilliam High School in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was part of the Okinawa invasion during World War II. He was honorably discharged as a corporal in 1945. He was a member of the Slater American Legion Post #78. Following military service, he attended Missouri Valley College in Marshall earning Bachelor of Science degrees in both chemistry and math. Masters of Secondary Education and Specialist in High School Administration degrees were earned at Central Missouri State in Warrensburg. Bob also attended Central Methodist College in Fayette and Westminster College in Fulton. He began his teaching career in Slater as a basketball coach and teaching chemistry, physics and math. He and his wife moved to Odessa in 1957 where he served in the Odessa R-7 school system as the high school Principal until 1973 and as the Assistant Superintendent from 1973 until retiring in 1991. Bob is survived by his son, Bruce Campbell of North Kansas City, Mo.; two sister-in-laws, Marie Campbell of Pinfield, New York, and Mary Campbell of Salem, South Carolina; three nieces, Monica Wassell of Helena, Mont., Terri Duffey of Marshall, Mich., and Linda Campbell of Syracuse, New York. He was preceded in death by two brothers, William Gray Campbell and Col. Bruce B. Campbell; and a sister-in-law, Zella Campbell McNerney. Arr.: Weiker Funeral Home, Slater.
Published in Kansas City Star on July 13, 2014
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