Donald E. (Don) Campbell, 83, began his life journey in rural Texas County near Huggins, Mo., on May 13, 1930. He departed this life for his eternal, heavenly dwelling on Jan. 31, 2014. His parents, Clarence W. and Alice (Cantrell) Campbell preceded him in death as did two of his brothers, Sherrell D. and Gerald (Jerry); two brothers-in-law, Ray Pearcy and Bob Anderson; and a foster-son, Richard Troxel.
Donald grew up in the Upton, Mo., community, attended elementary school at Coffey School and graduated from Houston High School with the class of 1948. On Feb. 25, 1955, Don and Naomi Connolly were united in marriage at the Raymondville Methodist Church with the Rev. Lloyd Tyree officiating. Don and Naomi made their home in northwest Texas County, with the exception of five years when Don was employed by McDonnell Douglas Corporation, where he worked as an Expediter on the Gemini Projects. Don was also employed with International Shoe Co. in Houston, Mo., and as a custodian at Success Elementary School. His lifelong dream, however, was to own a farm. That dream was realized in 1969 when he and Naomi purchased the former Everett Smith farm on Roubidoux Road in Upton Township. The farm primarily produced beef cows and calves. During his earthly lifetime Don experienced farming all the way from plowing corn with a horse-drawn double-shovel when he was a teenager to feeding his cattle from an air-conditioned cab-tractor before his recent bout with cancer.
Don accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior as a young man of 26 years. He faithfully attended and supported the Lord’s work as a member of Success Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for 20 plus years. His faith was demonstrated by his actions. Prayer for military service members, community concerns, friends and children were offered before each meal.
Don was a loving family man. He is survived by his wife, Naomi; daughter, Susan and her husband, Byron Langley, two sons, Darrel and wife, Gina, and Anthony Troxel and wife, Cindy. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Reuben (Jessica) Martin, Jacob (Rachel) Martin, Jason and Cinnamon Langley, Donald Seppelt, Jennifer Rodgers, Darren (Blaire) Campbell, Sarah and Allison Campbell, Caleb, Tyler and Courtney Troxel; five great-grandchildren, Alice, James David and Zachary Martin, Cadence Seppelt and Addilyn Campbell; and his siblings, Bonnie Anderson, Norma Helen Pearcy and Vearl R. Campbell and wife Betty.
We will miss his sense of humor and his guidance.
Services were 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Success Baptist Church with Pastor Ted Moore officiating. Burial was in Hickory Ridge Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Jacob Martin, Reuben Martin, Darren Campbell, Donald Seppelt, Lexey Neal, Alvin Barton, Jake Hutsell, Lyman Pittman and Dean Campbell. Honorary pallbearers were Harvey Sullins and Bud Garrett.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Texas County Food Pantry or the Houston Senior Center. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com