Robert K. Campbell CDR. USN (Soupy) (ret)
1917 - 2018
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ROBERT K. (SOUPY) CAMPBELL, CDR., USN (RET) CDR. Campbell was born on August 18, 1917 in Mildred, KS and passed away at his home in Durham, CA on September 8, 2018 at the age of 101. Following high school, he left Kansas to enlist in the United States Navy. CDR. Bob Campbell had a naval career that any aviator would envy. He flew bi-planes, carrier based prop planes, multi-engine, sea planes, jet and helicopter aircraft. He accumulated 3586 mishap free hours. He had no bail outs, never ditched or ejected. CDR. Campbell successfully made 166 Aircraft Carrier Landings on 5 different Straight Deck Carriers. He retired from the US Navy in 1962. After his Navy career, CDR. Campbell worked for several large companies in corporate security and personnel management. He later sold real estate in the Bay Area. In May of 1967, Bob married Elizabeth and in 1971 they settled near Chico, CA. They enjoyed golf, skiing and traveling over the years. Bob graduated with a Business degree from Chico State in 1973. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth of Durham; his children: Leslie, Lynn and Daniel Campbell and 1 grandson, Quinn Campbell. CDR. Campbell was the last known living American Carrier Pilot of the Battle of Midway. He is a Naval Aviation Treasure as well as a National Treasure. His words to live by are: May I deal with honor May I act with integrity May I achieve humility

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Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Sep. 16, 2018.
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December 28, 2019
God Bless this great American hero. He now reports to the greatest Commander of them all, Our Lord. Thanks to the Greatest Generation we are free today. Soupy and his fellow USN-USMC Aviators helped change the tide during World War Two. We will never forget those who sacrificed so much for the world to be free.
Greg Bennett
October 23, 2018
Fair Winds & Following Seas, Sir.

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Tom Dailey
September 20, 2018
So Sorry!!
Shirley Lydon
September 18, 2018
So sorry for your loss. When someone you love becomes a memory the memory become a treasure so treasure the memory.
Matt 5:4,5

September 16, 2018
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