Robert E. Campbell of Prairie Village, Kansas passed away Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the age of 90. Bob was born December 17th, 1924 in Kansas City to Rex and Ethel Painter Campbell. He was raised along with his siblings Russell, Mildred and Dorothy in Marcilene, Missouri where he graduated from High School in 1942. He served his country in World War II and was honorably discharged after the war.
After graduating from Central Missouri State University he returned to Kansas City to begin his career as an insurance agent with the Travelers Insurance Agency. While playing golf with a friend one day the two young, single men noticed a pair of attractive women playing a couple holes ahead of them. By the end of the round the two groups had become a foursome, and within a few years two marriages resulted, one of them being Bob and Shirley Helen Smith. They were married in November 1951 in small ceremony in New York City.
Bob & Shirley were married for over 25 years before Shirley passed away in 1977 following a long fight with cancer. During their marriage their two sons, Roger and John were born and raised in a wonderful and loving home filled with optimism, opportunity, inspiration and a great deal of humor.
Since dad met his first wife on a golf course it somehow seems fitting that he met his second wife on a tennis court. After being introduced by mutual tennis friends Bob and Alice married in October, 1978. Both had been through some difficult circumstances over time with their respective deceased spouses and having no children still at home they set out to make up for lost time. And never stopped! They traveled nearly constantly, enjoyed their active friends first at Leawood Country Club and later at Indian Hills Country Club, spent time at their vacation home in Arkansas and later made twice annual trips to Palm Desert, California for many years. In between all of this they found time to float the Snake River, tour Europe, spend time with their family, remain actively engaged with their Church, and become charter members of the Blue Moose Tuesday night club.
Alice has been a special gift to our family. Without her our father would never have enjoyed the long, active and healthy life that he had. Together they made a great and very active couple, experienced a long and loving marriage and have been excellent grandparents to 17 grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife Alice along with oldest son Roger and his wife Marsha and their children Ryan, Christin Olsen (Gabe), Jonathan and Lauren as well as younger son John and his wife Mary along with their sons Scott (Janelle), Kevin (Julie) and Mark (Danielle) and three great-grandchildren. In addition there are countless nieces and nephews including Chris, Mike, and Pat Connor and Pam Jones and their families.
Having been raised as a child of the depression and later in life watching his first wife fight cancer, dad never lacked for optimism and courage. He found the goodness in every situation and every person and his silver lining simply had no cloud. That optimistic attitude is his lasting gift to all of us.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 19th at 2:00 PM at Asbury United Methodist Church, 5400 West 75th Street, Prairie Village, KS. Reception following the service. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Asbury United Methodist Church Capital Campaign, Robert Campbell Memorial or to the or the charity of your choice in Bob’s name.