Early Monday morning December 5th, Robert Earl Campbell passed away just a few days short of his 81st birthday. Robert (Bob) was born on December 9th, 1941, in Plattsburg, MO to James and Maxine Campbell. He joined the Air Force and served for 9 years as a Nuclear Weapons Technician with assignments at Hamilton AFB and Tanagra, Greece. During his military service he obtained a degree from Denver University in Ancient History. It was there in college that he developed his love of teaching. He loved sharing his knowledge of history and especially the gospel of Jesus Christ with those around him.
Robert married Kathleen Hendrix on July 18, 1964. During their 58 years of marriage, they raised one daughter, Marie, and two sons, Christopher, and Jonathan. He was known for his epic storytelling and tall tales, many of which turned out to be true although not as exciting as told by Bob. He was often sought out by friends and family for his wise counsel when they had a problem or needed life advice. As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he never hesitated to help families move, repair a broken sink, or visit the sick and elderly. After retirement, Robert worked alongside his wife at the LDS McKinney Family History Center where he helped others find lost family members and research his own Scottish ancestry.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, James, and Maxine Campbell. He is survived by his wife Kathleen Hendrix Campbell, his sister Cheryl Campbell, his three children, Marie (Michael) Wethington, Christopher (Stepheni) Campbell, Jonathan (Erika) Campbell, 13 grand-children and 13 great-grandchildren. A viewing will be held Friday December 16th from 5 – 8pm at the Charles W Smith & Sons Funeral Home, 601 S Tennessee St., in McKinney, TX. Funeral Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints December 17th, at 10am located at 2801 Eldorado Pkwy in McKinney. The burial will be at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Any flowers or notes of condolence can be sent to the home of Kathy Campbell.