William Whitney Campbell
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October 5, 1935
December 9, 2013
It is with deepest regret and heavy hearts that we announce the death of our dear husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, Bill Campbell. Bill passed away on Monday, December 9, at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born on October 5, 1935, in the old Washoe Medical Center Hospital to his mother, Edith and his father, William. He grew up in Reno and attended St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, Mary S. Doten Elementary, Northside Junior High School, and graduated from Reno High School in 1954. After graduation, Bill enlisted in the United States Navy and was assigned to the USS Yorktown. He was a veteran of the Korean War and attained the rank of Petty Officer Third Class.
After completing his duty of service to his country, Bill returned to Reno and enrolled in classes at the University of Nevada, Reno. He was awarded his Bachelors of Science Degree in 1962, and began an ever-successful teaching career at Dilworth Middle School. After several years of teaching at Dilworth, Bill, his wife Jill, and their children, participated in a teacher exchange program and moved to Juneau, Alaska. Bill taught science at Douglas High School and was the coach for the ski team. After his year in Alaska, he returned to UNR to complete his Masters of Education Program, and became the Director of Student Services as well as a science teacher at Hug High School. During that time, he was also awarded the position as the first director of the Sparks YMCA. Bill later became Vice Principal, and ultimately Principal of Clayton Middle School. He ended his educational career as Principal of Swope Middle School, retiring in 1994. One of his many awards includes being acknowledged as the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher of Science in the Rocky Mountain Region.
Bill later married his present wife, Marianne, and together, they moved to their dream home by the sea in Otter Rock, Oregon. They lived there for nearly ten years, until the call came to move back home to Reno to be around their growing number of grandchildren.
An avid outdoorsman, Bill loved to hunt most anything that could fly or walk on two or four legs. He was a dedicated fisherman, whether it be in a pond, lake, river or ocean. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, NRA, and The Silver Arrow Bowman Club.
Devoted to the education and wellness of our children, Bill spent his life teaching and nurturing our future generations. He touched many lives and hearts and will be remembered for his kind, gentle, and caring ways.
Bill is survived by his wife, Marianne, his sons Bill, Robert and his wife Julie, and Craig, and his wife Rachel; step-daughters, Melissa Lewis, and her husband, Jes, and Julie Mayer-Hyman. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Bill Campbell and wife Mandy, Kelly Monette and her husband Brady, Mason Campbell, Madison Campbell, Kinley Campbell, Kaitryn Campbell, Jason Gilbertson and his wife, Irina, Daniel Gilbertson, Sean Lewis, Ryan Lewis, Sophia Hyman, Ava Hyman, and his great-granddaughter, Lilah Monette.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, December 16, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sparks, Nevada at one o'clock in the afternoon.
The family asks that you please leave your condolence messages in the "Book of Memories" at www.waltonsfuneralhomes.com
Walton's Sparks Funeral Home
1745 Sullivan Lane
Sparks, NV 89431
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Dec. 12 to Dec. 15, 2013