Rudolph R. "Rudy" Campfield

Rudolph R. "Rudy" Campfield of 645 Pawn Ave, Quincy, died at the Sunset Home on Saturday, June 14, 2014. He was 91 years old.

Rudy was born in Hannibal, Mo., on March 13, 1923, the eighth child of ten. He wrote "West of Woodland," published in 1991, that tells part of the story of his large family during the Great Depression.

Mr. Campfield completed his education through high school and then entered military service in the Army at the age of 19. He was accepted at, and completed, Infantry Officer's training school. He shipped overseas to serve in the European Theatre in the later part of World War II. Rudy returned to Missouri after his service in the war.

In 1949, Rudy married Anne Marie Perenno. Anne immigrated to the United States from Paris, France, where her immediate family lived.

Rudy was recalled to active duty during the Korean War years of 1950-1951. He served as a commanding officer who twice was wounded in heavy fighting. He was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device for heroic achievement. He received an honorable discharge following each period of active duty.

When Rudy returned home following his final active duty service, he commenced his career as a construction superintendent. He was responsible for the construction of numerous public schools throughout Missouri and for major construction at Culver-Stockton College, including the building of the Student-Faculty Dining Center and Meditation Chapel. He remained in that field until his retirement in 1988. Anne was a beginning artist at the beginning of their marriage, and later became renowned throughout the United States and several other countries.

Rudy and Anne had two daughters, Dolores and Veralene. As a family they traveled around the U.S., and to France, Italy and other European countries to visit Anne's family and to enjoy different cultures. Rudy at one time was fluent in German and French.

Rudy had many hobbies and interests, most of which he pursued formally and informally. He took many adult education and community college courses in the areas of his interests such as geology, mineralogy, paleontology and astronomy. Rudy had an extensive collection of fossils and mineral samples which he maintained until he and Anne relocated from their home on his self-conserved 40-acre wildlife preserve to Quincy.

Rudy and Anne were married for 65 years. Anne passed in November 2013, just a few days after a quiet celebration with their daughters of their 65th wedding anniversary.

The key to the city of Quincy was presented this spring to Mr. Campfield by Mayor Moore. Moore graciously commented that he was honoring a fellow-mayor, as Mr. Campfield was acting mayor in a German city during the post-World War II occupation period.

Rudy's survivors include his daughters, Dolores and Veralene; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; his sole surviving sibling, Dolly Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews.

SERVICES: 1 p.m. Friday, June 19, memorial service will be in the Unitarian Church in Quincy.

MEMORIALS: Dolores and Veralene suggest that in lieu of flowers, donations to the or your favorite library would be appreciated. Rudy was a voracious reader and was still at it until late last week.

ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, Quincy.

Funeral Home

Hansen-Spear Funeral Home
1535 State Street Quincy, IL 62301
(217) 222-4907

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from June 18 to June 20, 2014