Donald Erwin "Butch" Campsey, Sr., of Devine, served the community in many ways and brought a smile to nearly everyone he met. He passed away on Sunday, October 4 in Devine with his loving wife by his side.
Campsey was born on February 9, 1948. He is a graduate of Devine High School. He played Quarterback for the Warhorses and the love of his life, Sherry, was a cheerleader. Butch fell in love with Sherry in the 8th grade, but she wasn't allowed to date until she turned 16, so they had their first date on her 16th birthday. The high school sweethearts were married on August 1, 1969, and celebrated 51 years of marriage this past August.
Campsey served Medina County as our Sheriff for 8 years. To that end, a friend commented, "Sheriff Butch Campsey was a man of integrity, grit, and he always had your back."
Campsey also served as Medina County Judge for 8 years, and as a special education teacher for another 6 years later in his life.
"He taught me a lot of things," said one of his children, "But there is one thing I use daily... Always be prepared to be the first in line when you are asking people to do something difficult. He was a true servant and a leader."
Family members and friends will remember his kind, gentle heart, and that he would give his last dollar to someone in need.
Campsey was also a story-telling extraordinaire, who could make anyone laugh just by looking at you. "We all loved the countless stories he would tell though we never knew if he was pulling our leg or telling the truth," a family member adds.
In the final years of his life, Campsey fought a long but heroic battle with Alzheimer's. Although he lost his ability to communicate, he never for one minute ceased to be himself. "He was many things to many people. Always loved and respected."
He is survived by his wife Sherry Campsey, children Jennifer Franklin and husband Stephen; Donald E "Butchy" Campsey and wife Jennifer, Robert Campsey, Jacob Campsey and wife Jenah, and son-in-law Bruce Sollock; and grandchildren Maddison Sollock, Corey Sollock, Connor Sollock and fiance Britttany Moore, Johnny Campsey Jr., Olivia, Ethan, and Emma Franklin, Kingston Mangold, and Emerie and Levy Campsey; and one great-grandchild Kaia Christiana Sollock; brothers: Ronnie Campsey (Shana), J.L. Campsey (Theresa), Tom Campsey (Karen), Rick Campsey, Bobby Campsey, Danny Campsey(Mark Waugh), Art Campsey (Jeanene), Billy Campsey. Sisters: Clara Carroll (Chuck), Susie Bourcier (Tim).
He is preceded in death by his parents Arthur "Sonny" and Mary Campsey; a son John Campsey, Sr., daughter Christianna Sollock; sister Becky Campsey Favor; sisters-in-laws Carol Brown Campsey and Debi Crouch Campsey; brother-in-law Jim Favor.
Visitation will be held Sunday, October 11, 2020, from 2:00 PM until 9:00 PM with a Rosary being recited at 7:00 PM Hurley Funeral Home Chapel Devine. Mass will be celebrated Monday, October 12, 2020, at 10:00 AM St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Devine with interment to follow at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Devine.
Due to COVID restriction, anyone wishing to attend services must wear a mask and practice social distancing.
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Arrangements under the direction of Hurley Funeral Home Devine- 303 W. College Ave. Devine Tx 78016, 830-663-4445