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Harry J Will Funeral Homes

37000 W Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI

OBITUARY

William L. "Bill" Campbell

August 10, 1936December 31, 2019

William L. "Bill" Campbell, 83, passed away Dec. 31, 2019. Bill was born on Aug. 10, 1936 to William and Marie (nee: Lang) Campbell, the third of their five children. Bill graduated from St. Francis de Sales High School and later attended the University of Detroit. Bill was a lifelong sales person and had a long history of public service including serving as a Councilman in Dearborn Heights, Past-President of Kiwanis International and Goodfellows. He met Ann Marie Laicu and they were happily married on Feb. 7, 1959. Together they raised their four children in Dearborn Heights. Bill's life was defined by his family and lifelong friends.

Bill is survived by his children, Patty (Joe) Mitchell, Bill (Keri) Campbell, Brian (Nancy) Campbell and Kelly Campbell; sister, Karen (Dick) Miller; sister-in-law, Carrie Campbell; grandchildren, Ryan (Sam) Mitchell, Katie (Kevin) Sutton, Lani Mitchell, Billy (Emily) Campbell, Courtney Campbell, Bradley Campbell, Joey Campbell, Bobby Campbell, Patrick Campbell, MacKenzie Campbell, Sam Blewett and Danny Blewett; great-grandchildren, Jacob Mitchell, Annmarie Sutton, and Graham Sutton.

In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Ann Marie (Feb. 14, 2003), brother, Jim Campbell, sister and brother-in-law Pat and Chuck Spieser, sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jo and Chip Wadowski, nephews Vince Campbell and Chipper Wadowski.

Friends may visit on Friday, January 3, 2020 from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Harry J. Will Funeral Home 37000 West Six Mile Road, Livonia, Michigan 48152. The family will share memories of Bill at 6:00 p.m. with a rosary recitation at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday, January 4, 2020 visitation continues from 9:30 a.m.until the time of Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Kenneth Catholic Church, 14951 N Haggerty Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170. Entombment will follow mass at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, Michigan.

Memorials in honor of Mr. Campbell may be made to Old Newsboys Goodfellows Fund P.O. Box 44444, Detroit, MI 48244-0444 (www.detroitgoodfellows.org) or Kindred Hospice 25925 Telegraph Rd #102, Southfield, MI 48033 (https://www.kindredhealthcare.com/locations/hospice/southfield-mi-6552)

Please share a memory or condolences with Bill's family at his online guest book.

Services

  • Visitation Friday Friday, January 3, 2020
  • Eulogies and Sharing of Memories Friday, January 3, 2020
  • Rosary Service Friday, January 3, 2020
  • Memorial Visitation Saturday at Church Saturday, January 4, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 4, 2020

Memories

William L. "Bill" Campbell

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Tina Green

January 5, 2020

I will always be grateful and remember your dad as one of the initiators of Elizabeth Lake’s Fourth of July celebrations, most notably the now annual boat parade. I’m so sorry for your loss, I know how close you were with your dad. I’m just seeing this or would have tried to make the memorial. I will keep you in my prayers.

Amy Haugh

January 3, 2020

So many happy memories of our visits to Michigan from Pittsburgh!
The highlight was always a pool party at the Campbells! Bill and Ann Marie were amazing hosts. There was laughter, great food and lots of fun! Bill had a heart of gold and he shared it with everyone who knew him. A quick smile and bright eyes, he always made you feel as if you were the most important person in his world. So many great stories....so many great times. We will treasure all those memories!

Sorry we cannot be with you today! We send our love and sympathy. Those we love are never gone...they live in us. We were honored to know Bill and experience his great love for all of us.

William(Bill) Linsberg

January 3, 2020

We first met in 1958 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. What a greAt 62 years filled with so many great memories!! So long old buddie, we'll miss you till we meet again in your new home.

Gerda Salzmann

January 3, 2020

I first met Bill in 1997. Those were my first days in the US and I got to spend Thanksgiving with the Campbell family, my first Thanksgiving ever, a wonderful experience. During the following year we met for several occasions and he always welcomed me with a warm smile and a big hug. He called me "Gerta from Germany", which was all wrong but sounded funny to me. He was a very caring person not even for his family but everybody he met. He was a gift to the world and returns home now to other loved ones. Rest in peace.

Gordie Duncanson

January 1, 2020

"Big Bill," as us kids often referred to him, was a friend, a mentor and a voice of reason for me for so many years. The thing I remember most is, regardless of whatever else was going on at the time, I was always welcomed with a smile, a hug and a pat on the back. He treated me like one of his own. I will cherish the memories. Miss you Big Bill!