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Robert Campbell


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Robert Louis Campbell was born on Dec. 14, 1930 in Port Jervis, NY, the only child of Louis and Elizabeth Strauser Campbell. He graduated from high school in Poughkeepsie, NY where he ran track and played football. After attending Brown University in Providence, RI for one year, he transferred to Boston University. While there he was House Manager of the Alpha Chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha, ran track, was a sprinter, and graduated with a BA in Latin American Regional Studies.
He then enlisted in the Marine Corps Officers Candidate School and graduated as a Second Lieutenant. He was stationed four years as the 1st platoon leader in an infantry company at Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, HI. He served as the Base Provost Marshall (the equivalency of a county sheriff), Defense Counsel and Trial Counsel for special court marshal cases, and was responsible for monitoring civilian activities on the base. He was a reconnaissance officer for the 1st Marine Brigade. As an extra activity, he put together eight-man football contests.
Upon returning home, Bob was hired by Kemper Insurance and became the District Manager of the Boston area and the owner of Mutual General Insurance Agency, a brokerage outlet for New England. Bob then joined the E. A. Stevens Insurance Agency as a sales person specializing in retail and wholesale lumber dealers insurance. During these years he continued serving in the Marine Corps Reserve and retired from the Marines as a Major.
Bob moved to Citrus County, Florida in 1991 and continued working for a short while with Baxley Insurance Company. He and his late wife, Nancy Eaton Vent, were charter members of Nature Coast Unitarian Universalists in Lecanto in 1998.
Bob enjoyed golf at Seven Rivers Golf and Country Club in Crystal River, and volunteering with the Citrus County Democratic Party. He is survived by his wife, the Reverend Mary Louise DeWolf, son Gifford Campbell and his wife Michele in Salem, MA; grandson Erric Emerson in Philadelphia, PA; granddaughter Julie Partington, and great grandchildren Haven and Harmony Partington in Maybrook, NY.
Private cremation will take place under the direction of Brown Funeral Home and crematory in Lecanto, FL.
A memorial service will be held at Nature Coast Unitarian Universalists, 7633 N. Florida Ave., Citrus Springs at 2 pm, Wednesday, Jan. 6.
Sign the guest book at www.chronicleonline.com.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Jan. 1, 2016
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