Aug 1, 1926 - March 16, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Gene was born in Lander, Wyoming, to Frank and Iona Campbell. He had four older brothers and a younger sister. In January 1929, the family moved to Aruba after Frank was asked by Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, now Exxon, to run the largest oil refinery in the world. Gene loved his years in Aruba and had many colorful stories of running around wild and barefoot with his siblings on the island. He left Aruba in 1943 after graduating from high school and attended the Kemper Military Academy in Booneville, Missouri, and upon graduation, joined the Merchant Marines. Following the end of the war, he attended Kansas State University, where he was a proud member of Sigma Nu fraternity. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Sally Sanderson. After graduating from Kansas State with a degree in business, he and Sally were married. Gene then attended law school at Washburn University and upon graduation, joined the Coast Guard. After serving in the Coast Guard, Gene began his career with Phillips Petroleum. Following a lengthy and successful career with Phillips, he was recruited to be the CEO of American First Energy Oil Company in Oklahoma City, where he resided for the remainder of his life. Gene was an active member of Quail Creek Golf and Country Club, where he was "Chairman of the Fair Committee" for his golf group. He loved all sports and had a love for life, which he expressed freely to his family and friends. He enjoyed traveling and took many trips, not only with Sally but with his brothers and golf buddies. He is survived by one brother, Dr. Carl Campbell, of Shippensburg, PA; a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Hackney, of Houston, TX; three children, Greg Campbell, MD and his wife Sheila Campbell, MD, Ann Angel and her husband Robert, Stuart Campbell and his wife Tiffany; seven grandchildren, Brian Campbell, Scot Campbell, Heather Holmes-Gower, Catherine Angel, Sarah Campbell, Spencer Campbell, and Sawyer Campbell. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Dr. Vadekepat Ramgopal; Dr. Mel Clark; and Physical Therapist, Shelly Nolan; for their expertise, care and compassion. The family also wishes to thank everyone that made a donation to Salvation Army in Gene's name. The family will hold a private memorial service.
Published in The Oklahoman on June 2, 2014