William Trenerry Campbell was born July 7, 1921, in Eugene, Ore., to Duncan R. and Martha Trenerry Campbell while they were on a traveling sales trip. He passed from this life on Saturday, July 5, 2008, surrounded by his family.
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He married the love of his life, Olga, on June 15, 1946, in Butte, following his return from serving in Europe during World War II. Together, they celebrated 62 years of love and devotion to one another and their family.
Bill and Olga have five children: Tom (Connie) Campbell of Santa Fe, N.M.; Bruce (Debbie) Campbell of Bozeman; Carol (Doug) Zaharko of Kalama, Wash.; David (Connie) Campbell of Livingston; and Jim (Tanya) Campbell of Missoula. They have 10 grandchildren: Nathaniel and Jo Campbell of Minneapolis, Minn., Greg and Michelle Campbell of Helena, Kristie and James Renner of Belgrade, Sarah and Brent Stanger of Great Falls, Dawn and Steve Duerksen of Philomath, Ore., Jeff Zaharko of Valley City, N.D., Adam Campbell of Honolulu, Hawaii, Tara Campbell of Livingston, Kayla Harrison of Washington, N.C., and James Campbell of Kitsap Naval Base, Wash.; and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Duncan and sister-in-law, Bobbie Campbell of Big Fork.
Bill was preceded in death by both parents; brothers, Walter and Thomas; and brother-in-law David L. Kidd.
Bill worked for the Montana Power Company for more than 45 years - starting before his enlistment in the Army and returning to work after his discharge. He started in the Butte office, transferred in 1957 to Helena, and returned to Butte in 1978. He retired from the power company in 1985. While in Helena, he was active in the Helena Kiwanis Club and enjoyed bowling on the MPC bowling team.
Bill was an avid putterer - both on the golf course and at home. He was forever working around the yard and doing odd jobs around the house. He was always there to lend a hand to family, friends and neighbors. Most recently, he loved spending time with his great-grandchildren.
He was well loved and will be truly missed by all who knew him.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at Manhattan Presbyterian Church, 214 N. Broadway, Manhattan, with retired Pastor Wayne Fisher of Butte officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Bozeman Deaconess Foundation, 931 Highland Blvd. Suite 3200, Bozeman 59715-6912; to Rocky Mountain Hospice, 301 Edelweiss Drive, Suites 5 and 6, Bozeman 59718; to Manhattan Presbyterian Church, Box 433, Manhattan, MT 59714; or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences to the family may be sent online to www.dahlcares.com.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from July 7 to July 8, 2008