John H. Campbell

April 10, 1946February 18, 2014

John H. Campbell, 67, of Evansville, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at Deaconess Gateway. He was born April 10, 1946, in University Park, TX to the late John H. and Roberta (Lent) Campbell.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran and member of Bethel United Church of Christ, and was the past president of the Downtown Optimist Club, where he held various offices. He was also an avid gardener.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his sister, Robin (Tom) Newport; brother, Mark L. (Scarlet) Campbell; nieces and one nephew.

Private services will be held at Alexander East Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Downtown Optimist Club, P.O. Box 15905, Evansville, IN 47716. Condolences may be made online at


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February 19, 2014

I had the pleasure of knowing John for the past 15 years and always admired his intelligence, wit, humor, positive attitude and always willing to help others. John was a great member for our Downtown Optimist Club and with his efforts he helped touch the lives of several thousand children over the past 30 years that he was a member.

God Bless to all of his family.

Dan Phillips-Optimist Buddy

February 19, 2014

To the family of John Campell,
I personally, and the entire membership of our Downtown Optimist Club wish to express our sadness at the passing of our friend John. He was “one of us” and we all enjoyed his humor, appreciated his intelligence and the sincerity with which he did so may things for us and through our club for the children of Evansville. He will be sincerely missed. Please accept our condolences in the time of your bereavement.
Jeffrey W. Olson, M.D.
Downtown Optimist Club of Evansville

Don Julian

February 19, 2014

I was totally shocked and saddened to learn of John's death in today's paper. John was a vital member of the Downtown Optimist Club. He will be terribly missed by our entire Club!!Sorry for your [our] loss.

February 19, 2014

John and I are members of the Downtown Optimist Club. We joined about the same time about 30 years ago. I loved John's humor and wit. He was very poetic and a great writer. Also, John was excellent at playing trivia. Years ago when we used to do skits for our in-coming President's installation, John wrote the parts for all of the "cast members". John was President of our club two times. 1990 - 91 and 1999 - 2000. When we needed a person to take the office a few years ago, John stepped up and agreed to be President again. John was Secretary of the club for many years. He was also our "legal" eyes and ears. He was the first to remind the club about our bylaws and how they applied as we proceeded with various projects.

I am truly sorry to see this friend pass on.

I will miss John.