William Campbell

May 6, 1920January 23, 2013
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Lt. Col. William Francis Campbell, USAF - Retired, passed peacefully from this earth on Wednesday, January 23 in his home after a short illness.

Col. Campbell was born and raised in New Jersey on May 6, 1920 to parents William John Michael Campbell and Louise Rutzler Campbell. He graduated from Montclair State College as a History and English teacher; he also attended Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and University of South Alabama in Mobile. He entered the US Army Air Corps in March of 1942 as an Aviation Cadet. He served on B-17’s over Germany during World War II. He worked in airline administration following the war. He returned to Active Duty with the US Air Force during the Korean War flying medium bombers. He flew jet interceptors in Alaska. He holds the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, four Air Medals, the Vietnamese Service Medal and was cited for Valor during WWII. He was stationed in Alaska, England, Turkey, Korea and Thailand. He was an ROTC instructor at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, flew VIPS’s with Special Air missions and was Assistant Air Attaché at the US Embassy in Ottawa, Canada. He retired from the Air Force with 30 years of service. Col. Campbell became the Officer in charge of Air Force Junior ROTC program at Midview High School in Grafton, OH from 1976 – 1985, where he touched the lives of many young men and women cadets who went through his program.

Campbell was married on December 25, 1942 to Audrey Brogan. Together they had 5 children – Michael (Sally) of Napa, CA; Joseph (Judy) of Alameda, CA; Cynthia of San Diego, CA; Bill (Dana) of Castle Rock, CO and Laurel Campbell-Zinck (Mike Zinck) of Colorado Springs, CO. He had seven grandchildren: Thomas Campbell of Las Vegas, NV, Ian Zinck of Colorado Springs, Elizabeth Hansen Campbell of Napa, Kira Zinck of Colorado Springs, Megan, Audrey and Liam Campbell of Castle Rock. After moving frequently their entire adult lives, Bill and Audrey enjoyed settling down for their second retirement in beautiful Colorado Springs, where they relocated in 1986. During these years they traveled frequently, visiting Europe, Argentina, and traveling around the western US. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, sister and by his beloved Audrey in 2006. He was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus, a parishioner at St. Francis of Assisi Church, life member of MOAA, and a member of the 91st Bomb Group. He loved music and was an accomplished pianist.


  • Visitation Sunday, January 27, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 28, 2013

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Audrey Campbell

March 25, 2016

I was so sad to here my grandpa died over night so I'm glad to here that some people care thank you.

audrey campbell

October 7, 2015

he was my grandpa the best one

bryan barber

April 26, 2013

I just learned this and very sorry to hear it. I was a cadet class of 77 and he was a great teacher and leader. He wrote my recommendation for the Air Force Academy.I remember his class and working with him. My sympathy to his family and friends but what a life! He touched many. Laurel I don't know if you remember Chris and me. Bryan Barber

Joe and Sandy Cantu II

February 11, 2013

I never had the opportunity to meet Col. Campbell but I am priveledged to work with Laurel. They say that children are a great representation of their parents, so I know he was a great man. He has a beautiful story, from what was shared and I was recently exemplified as a 4th degree Knight, Vivat Jesus!
Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Mary Spangenberg

February 10, 2013

To Laurel and Family
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father it is very sad time in the lives
of chirldern who lost a parent Your dad and mom are resting in peace with our lord. Mary and Karen Spangenberg.of Brick, New Jersey.

Lloyd and Judy Miller

February 4, 2013

Lloyd and I just learned of Bill's passing today. What a wonderful man he was! We were friends with Audrey and Bill during their time in Grafton,OH. We enjoyed keeping in touch with our annual Christmas communication--the last one was a touching letter from Bill telling us that his journey was nearing the end. Blessings to all of you who loved him!

Jarla Ahlers

February 4, 2013

Bill Campbell was a wonderful neighbor and friend during our 12 years of living next door until 2011, when we moved to the Pleasant Valley neighborhood. What a bright spirit and inspiration! I loved hearing his stories, his piano playing on warm summer evenings. We happily shared a glass of wine occasionally, sitting out on our back patio. I am so glad he could stay home throughout his last illness! Thank you for the pictures and his biography. Much love to Bill, Audrey and their famiy and friends. Jarla Ahlers and Vern Vobejda.

Anton & Clare Schulzki

January 31, 2013

I met Bill in 1998 when I began bringing Audrey communion. It was an instant connection as Audrey & Bill were originally from New Jersey just like my husband and I.
Through the years after Audrey's passing in April, 2006 we continued a fond relationship with Bill. We had numberous dinners and wonderful conversations at our house about his varied life experiences.
As grandparents, we enjoyed sharing stories about each others' grandchildren.
We shall miss him dearly, but will always cheerish the many beautiful memories!
Be at peace Bill with your beloved Audrey!

Brian Hawke

January 30, 2013

As I had the priviledge to say at the Funeral Mass, Col Campbell was the perfect example of a Leader, an Educator, and a Mentor to me. I could never thank him enough for everything he did for me, but I know, that at his final assignment as a compassionate leader in Heaven, he can hear me now. Therefore, THANK YOU, and rest in peace Sir! Brian Hawke, Midview High School class of 1982.

Mike Zimmerman

January 29, 2013

A fellow veteran and fellow musician, wonderful neighbor and great friend. I'm going to miss you dearly...