OBITUARY

Bill Campbell

September 4, 1941April 15, 2018

Robert William Campbell, M.D. passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Conroe Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness. A respected doctor, devoted husband and father and a devote Catholic. He lived life to the fullest. Bill was born on Sept. 4, 1941 in Port Huron, Michigan to Colin and Marybelle (Stein) Campbell and attended Marysville High School where he played sports. After graduation, he earned his Associate Degree and joined the U.S. Army. Shortly after enlisting, Bill married his wife of 55 years and had two sons. In 1968, Bill graduated from Saint Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree and continued on to earn a medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center. Upon graduation, Bill returned to active duty and led his family on a world tour that started with his internship and residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Hospital in El Paso, Texas. After being discharged from the Army as a major, Bill relocated to Conroe where he had a successful medical practice. Few activities gave him more pleasure than helping families bring their new family member into the world. At his retirement in June 2005, Bill had delivered over 7,200 babies in a career that lasted 31 years. He experienced true joy in watching those children and their parents grow as part of the community he loved. While Bill enjoyed his vocation as a doctor, he also loved the outdoors. As an avid fly fisherman, Bill tied his own flies and spent countless hours on rivers, streams, and bays. His trips took Bill from the Arctic Circle to Central America. In addition, Bill loved to hunt dove in South Texas with his close-knit group of compadres. Dr. Campbell is survived by his loving wife, Yolanda, his two sons, Jim (Diane) of Traverse City, Michigan and Doug (Susan) of San Antonio, Texas, and grandchildren Cameron Campbell, Connor Campbell , Katie Campbell, and Sarah Campbell. A Visitation will be held at Metcalf Funeral Directors located at 1801 E. White Oak Terrace, Conroe, Texas Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 5:00-6:30pm with a Vigil Service and Rosary at 6:30pm. A Resurrection Mass will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church located at 109 N. Frazier St., Conroe, Texas Friday, April 20, 2018 at 1:30pm with Father Wilhite officiating and Pallbearers being Henry Lartigue, Seth Gibson, Ron Nilson, Fred Murphy, Cameron Campbell, and Connor Campbell. In Lieu of flowers, the family prefers you consider donations to the Church’s Building Fund. Donation information can be found at http://www.shconroe.org/give/stewardship/capital-campaign/cc-phase-ii.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, April 19, 2018
  • Vigil Service and Rosary Thursday, April 19, 2018
  • Resurrection Mass Friday, April 20, 2018
REMEMBERING

Bill Campbell

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Rob Jeffers

May 8, 2018

Dear Yolanda, Jim, Doug and Family. Theresa and I are so sorry to hear of Bill passing. It has been such a blessing to have known Bill and all of you. What a well lived life he had. His family adored him (and he adored them), patients loved him, he was respected and held in high esteem by his fellow physicians and many friends. The times in El Paso, travels in Germany and later the fishing trip and getting to be with you all again after his retirement remain treasured memories.

Bill's life was a great ministry in his medical and daily life. He enjoyed people and brought Joy to them. He knew how fortunate he was to have his wonderful wife to share so many good times together. Bill lived his life with Grace, determination and actions that are an example for us all, and I will always be grateful for his friendship.

Chuck Holmes

April 28, 2018

Yolanda:

We will sincerely miss Bill and his great story telling ability. He was a great friend to us.

Bill was always happy to share his fishing knowledge with others and that has helped a lot of us to become better fishermen.

Montgomery County Flyrodders
Chuck Holmes

Clay Dewees

April 25, 2018

Yolanda,
So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Pam and I have so many fond memories of us as neighbors in RP. I remember the summer we both discovered fly fishing together and became fly fishing buddies starting Montgomery County Flyrodders with Dan Edwards and so many others who caught the "bug" like we did. One of my best memories of Bill was when we took a trip to the Guadelupe River in New Braunfels to fish. We had never been there, but found a great section of the river to fish with dry flies. As we were casting and focusing on our fishing we were just talking about how beautiful the area was. Suddenly Bill went quiet in mid-sentence. As I turned to talk to him, all I saw was his hat floating on top of the water! He had stepped off a drop-off and gone under! He popped up right away, but we laughed all day about "watch out, that first step is a doozy!" Then, there was the time we took off one afternoon while he was on call to float fish one of the many small ranch lakes he had access to. As you would guess, just as we got all the way around to the far edge of the lake, his phone rang - Emergency delivery. You have never seen two guys in float tubes with flippers on paddle across a lake, jump out of the water and run in our flippers back to the car so fast. Then, once we were in the car, I looked at Bill in his sopping wet fishing shorts, shirt and sandels and wondered whether they were going to believe he was the delivery doctor. Apparently so, because the baby and mother were fine!

I am sure that when I see Bill again, we share many more fly fishing stories! I praise God for our friendship and pray that you, your boys, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren will be able to embrace the grief of the moment and know that God loves all of you with an infinite love beyond our understanding. "For great is His love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever." Psalm 117:2

Patrice Eastland

April 21, 2018

Praying for your beautiful family. Dr Campbell was an amazing man and and a huge part of helping us make our beautiful family of three girls he delivered. His kindness when we lost 2 in the process was wonderful and I will never forget him. His concern over me when number 3 delivery had complications showed his amazing dedication. One evening he came to hospital in a tux with his beautiful wife before they were going to an event. I will never forget that. God gave us a legend when he led him to become a Doctor. Thank you Dr Campbell for our beautiful girls and your kindness.

Rebecca Stanley

April 20, 2018

Dr. Campbell delivered me twenty-four years ago. So thankful that such a kind and godly man helped bring me into this world. He greeted my family and I almost every Sunday morning with the same gentle spirit. He will surely be missed.

Cory Bean

April 20, 2018

Dr. Campbell was an amazing man and physician. I met him in 1989 when my wife and I moved to Conroe and he was one of my first customers in the medical field. Dr. Campbell became part of our family as he worked with us through our infertility problems and then the amazing births of all 3 of our sons. I can still remember him showing up to the hospital in his wadders to deliver our first son, Blake. He loved taking care of his patients, and he loved delivering babies. He was truly a blessing to our family, and he treated Debbie and I more like his children than his patients. I feel blessed to have known him and he will be truly missed.
Cory Bean

Judi Thomas

April 18, 2018

We were blessed to have Dr Campbell deliver 3 of our 4 children. The oldest was born before we found Dr Campbell and our youngest is his namesake (Jacob Robert). My husband loved his fishing stories and watching him tie flys while we talked in his office. Dr Campbell made the dad just as important as the mother in each pregnancy. I cherished that. I hope my husband has had a chance to welcome him into Heaven (as he preceded the good doctor by about 4 months). God Bless the Campbell family,

Love,

Judi Thomas and Jaycie, Jamie, Jason and Jacob

Jerri Bowen

April 18, 2018

Dr Campbell was the greatest Dr I have ever had. He delivered 2 of my babies which are both now in their 30's. He always treated you like you were a friend not a patient and never rushed you at your appointments. When I found out he was retiring I cried. I have not been able to find a Dr like him. Sending prayers for peace and comfort to his family.
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Michelle Kitchens

April 18, 2018

I was truly blessed to have him as my Dr. during my three pregnancies. He always made me laugh or to tell us about a fishing trip. He was touched by Gods hand to help me have three precious and beautiful babies. He was a great man who left his legacy on the many babies he delivered. God bless his family and may peace be with them.
Michelle Kitchens

Annette Gordon

April 18, 2018

I worked with Dr. Campbell at Sadler clinic many years ago. He sold me his Volkswagen and trusted me to make payments. He was so thoughtful and his wife the same. God be with the family as he rest in Gods arms.