October 04, 2023

Bill Campbell


William Ernest Campbell III, son of William Ernest Campbell II and Helene Frances Vincent Campbell was born October 26, 1950 in Shenandoah, Iowa and passed from this life following a brief illness, Friday, September 2, 2022 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center at 71 years of age.

Bill received his early education in the Bedford Schools and later transferred to Lenox Schools where he graduated from Lenox High School in 1968. Following graduation, he attended Iowa Central College for two years  until he was drafted in January of 1970. Bill went on to serve his country with the United State Marine Corps during the Vietnam War attaining the rank of Sergeant.

Early in his life, Bill raised hogs on the farm and owned a gas station. However, his true passion and talent was that of being a carpenter. He owned and operated Campbell Carpentry for many years and helped many peoples dreams and visions become a reality. In 2010 he retired and moved from Lenox to Osceola when Jovee was born to be closer to family.

Bill loved many things in this thing called life. Some of which included hunting, fishing, camping and road trips. He enjoyed his time with his friends and family telling the best stories, playing cards, riding his Harley or making bird houses, or chinchilla and hamster houses for his granddaughters, Jovee and Journee. All the while, listening to the oldies while doing any of these pastimes. With out a doubt, the greatest accomplishment of Bill’s life is his daughter, Erin. They had such a wonderful relationship and through the years, he took the time to teach her many of the joys in his life so that she may share them with her family. Erin, Shane and their girls, Jovee and Journee were the lights of his life.

Those relatives who preceded Bill in death were his father, William Ernest Campbell, II and mother, Helene Frances Campbell.

Bill leaves to cherish his memory; daughter, Erin (Shane) Blakely of Osceola, IA, granddaughters, Jovee Blakely and Journee Blakely of Osceola, sister, Susan Fuhrmeister of Coralville, IA as well as other relatives and many friends.

Per his wishes, Bill was cremated and a private family service will be held at Iowa Veterans Cemetery where his cremains will be interred.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.kalefuneralhome.com