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Robert E. “Bob” Campbell, age 59, of Greenville, longtime business and accounting instructor at Montcalm Community College, passed away Tuesday evening, September 11, 2012 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids after battling multiple myeloma for several years.

The son of Myron P. & Bernice Eva (Harper) Campbell, he was born on April 1, 1953 in Greenville and was a 1971 graduate of Belding High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Aquinas College and his master’s degree from Ferris State University. An instructor at Montcalm Community College for 27 years, teaching and his student’s were his life’s passion. A master gardener, Bob was currently serving as president of the Montcalm County Master Gardener’s, had served on the Heritage Village board, and was a member of the First Congregational Church in Greenville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Erma Marsh; and a brother, Carl Campbell. Surviving are his significant other, Karen Deja of Edmore; three children, Andy Campbell of Calabasas, California, Amy Campbell of Lousiville, Kentucky, and Joe Davenport of Redondo Beach, California; a sister, Fern Hopkins of Fenwick; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many friends, colleagues, and former students.

Visitation is Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where envelopes for contributions to a scholarship fund to be established in his memory (in care of the Montcalm Community College Foundation) or to the Montcalm County Master Gardener’s will be available. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the First Congregational Church, Greenville, with burial following at River Ridge Cemetery in Belding. The Rev. Jerry Jones, pastor of the First Congregational Church, will officiate.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Mr. Campbell’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.ChristiansenCares.com

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  1. Anonymous on September 11, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Posted by: Shelly Norris
    Andy, Amy and Aunt Debbie. Iwanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and in my prayers. I love you and pray that God will be with you in this difficult time!

    09/20/2012
    Posted by: Shelly Norris
    Andy, Amy and Aunt Debbie. Iwanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and in my prayers. I love you and pray that God will be with you in this difficult time!

    09/20/2012
    Posted by: Shelly Norris
    Andy, Amy and Aunt Debbie. Iwanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and in my prayers. I love you and pray that God will be with you in this difficult time!

    09/20/2012
    Posted by: T.J. & Kelly Bristle
    To Amy, Andy, and Aunt Deb. You are in our hearts and prayers. We love you.

    09/17/2012
    Posted by: Chuck and Lynda Bristle
    Andy, Amy, Fern and family our thoughts and prayers are with you- May he be your strength during this difficult time. As i remembered Bob he loved life may we all take that lesson from him and embrace life with that same attitude. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

    09/17/2012
    Posted by: Marlene Geldersma

    I had Bob for several classes while attending MCC. He was indeed one of my favorite teachers. His loss will be greatly felt. My condolences and prayers go out to his family and loved ones. RIP Friend.

    09/17/2012
    Posted by: Clare Shy Winter
    With love to Andy and Amy whom I always remember from their Mountain Lake visit!!!! And Joe too of course with his Uncle Charlie Winter. With kindest thanks for these memories….

    09/17/2012
    Posted by: Maria Suchowski
    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a lovely man.

    09/16/2012
    Posted by: Danielle Davis/ West

    I was in Bob’s Business class at MCC. He was a GREAT Instructor. His class was actually one of my most memorable classes at MCC. After a year of the class being over I went to a family reunion and saw Bob there. Come to find out he is related to me. Small wonderful world. Thank you Bob for being a Great person. My prayers are with Bob’s family, friends, students and colleagues.

    09/16/2012
    Posted by: Curtis Hayden

    As one of my first College Instructors i was sad to hear of bobs passing. He was one of the best instructors i ever had. One that will be missed at MCC. Prayers to the family.

    09/16/2012
    Posted by: karen deja
    You were my soul mate. I will always love you.

    09/15/2012
    Posted by: Karen

    You were my soul mate and I will miss you. I will love you forever.

    09/15/2012
    Posted by: ROD HILL
    Thanks “BOB” You were someone special!!

    09/14/2012
    Posted by: Mary Maxon

    I went to MCC & I had Mr. Cambell as a teacher in a couple of courses he taught. He was a good teacher. I am sorry to hear of his passing. My Sympathy to the family.

    09/14/2012
    Posted by: Stephanie Rectenwal
    Bob, you will certainly be missed… You kept you head up and fought like a champ. I was sure you would pull through this, but the powers that be must have had a more important role for you. I ways so privileged to have you as my accounting Prof. My heart goes out to your family and friends. God bless…

    09/14/2012
    Posted by: Gayle DeGram
    All the MG’s are going to miss you Bob. You were a driving force in our organization. Your leadership skills, hard work ethic and integrity were hard too match. I thank God for the years that i was privileged to know you. Sending prayers for strength and peace to Karen and his family. God Bless.

    09/14/2012
    Posted by: Harmony Battreall
    Bob is and always will be one of my greatest educator’s. I will miss his smile, his jokes, and his words of wisdom. I’m so thankful to have met him and have had him as my instructor for many courses. He is a brilliant man and I will miss him dearly. Thanks Bob for all that you have done!

    09/14/2012
    Posted by: Annette Scharaswak

    My heart goes out to you as you endure this loss.
    Bob was such a wonderful guy.
    I used to love having him as a youth leader and then I went on to babysit for him as well.
    He will be greatly missed.

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Gayla Bliss Foote
    I remember him as such a gentelmen all through his school days as we were growing up.Sounds like he was very sucessful in his life with all his accomplishments.Proud to have been his classmate.

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Jacqueline Childs

    My highest respect goes out to your father. He was one of the kindest teachers that I knew. He taught me so much about business, but more importantly he taught me about being the best you can be. He will be missed, but never, ever forgotten.

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Diana Mizer

    May the special memories of your dad comfort you always…

    I’m sure your dad is enjoying his walk through the gardens in Heaven, drinking a cup of coffee….as he watches over all of you…

    I knew your dad from the singles dances in Ithaca and Greenville over the past several years….he will be missed.

    Peace be with all of you.

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Jim Johnson

    Prayers to the family and friends that new Bob. He and my father, Gerald Johnson, worked together during their times at Belding Area Schools. Bob was a fine man and a greater person. My condolences…

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Phil Lund
    I am saddened by Bob’s passing. I always enjoyed our chats and Bob’s insights.
    RIP Bob!

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Rich Wenger

    Bob,
    Although our cherished moments of business and life counsel are cut short; your passing has by no means interrupted the master plan we started in those early days at MCC. You planted within me seeds of vision and determination; along with the timeless business skills necessary to apply this vision. And now daily as I go forth and endeavor to weave into the fabric of our community this endless spirit and a better life through knowledge, education, and self awareness I am by proxy merely carrying on your original gardening which you generously tilled within me. Death just doesn’t break this connection to do good and make our community a better place to live. Your teachings in fact have made the ongoing thread stronger and more resolute . Your work continues today as vigorously as it did in ACCT 101 in the 80s as I now carry your watering can and water the seeds you planted. And move those transplants to the next patch of soil. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, and I shall miss you until next we meet my friend. Richw

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Angie (Harrison) Losee
    Andy and Amy,
    I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I pray that God will give you the peace and comfort that you need in your time of loss.

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Michael Lyear
    I was shocked to hear of Bob’s passing. To me, Bob was “Montcalm Community College”. I remember how his voice would get real high when he was talking about something he was passionate about. I could listen and talk with him for hours. My life is fuller having known him. Good-Bye Bob

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Tom Deja
    My deepest sympathy goes to Karen and to Bob’s family. I only met Bob a few times but he made a lasting impression.

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Evelyn Mosier
    After working with Bob and then later taking classes from him, he truely was a wonderful person. He will be missed by so many.
    I always felt honored that he thought of me as shirt tail relation (his cousin Ann Baker is my aunt). He always had a ready smile and a big hug.
    My heart goes out to his family and significant other, Karen, for your loss.
    God Bless all of you.

    Evelyn Mosier

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Bob Schuleit
    Bob was a compassionate man and an outstanding teacher. I enjoyed co-teaching the Capstone course Montcalm Community College with Bob, and learned much from him. Bob will be missed greatly.

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Cheryl Strautz

    Bob was one of my favorite professors at MCC. I will always remember how friendly he was; he still remembered me as one of his students when I ran into him at an event at MACC in March and took time to chat with me. He will truly be missed.

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Amy Campbell
    Amy,
    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I worked for Janet 10 years so we got to know Bob as a friend.
    I remember Janet & Bob taking us to a Whitecaps game in Grand Rapids…we had such a good time.
    Amy–our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Vada & Vic Keyes

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Michelle Miller
    I had Bob for several classes. He was one of my favorite instructors.

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Anne Kitchenmaster
    I’m so saddened to hear of the loss of Mr. Campbell. He was the instructor of many of my accounting classes at MCC and he inspired me to continue on to Aquinas College. His passion for teaching was evident, making it exciting to take part in his classes. The community has definitely lost a great man.

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Cathy Clark

    Goodbye to my dear cousin, Robert. You will always be that little boy I walked down the road with, singing “I Found A Peanut” and holding hands. I wish that I could have known the grown man better, but I am thankful that you will no longer suffer. I love you.

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Nicole DooLittle
    I had the pleasure of taking care of Bob while he was in Greenville. Always had a positive attitude! At 3 in the morning when he couldn’t sleep he was on his laptop working despite being in the hospital. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Jody Nielsen

    I had Bob as a teacher.He was a good teacher. He will be missed. May you RIP Bob.

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Karen Fisk

    So sorry to hear that Mr. Campbell has passed away. I enjoyed his class that I was in. He was a great teacher.

    Karen Fisk

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Susanna
    I was a former Accounting student. I learned a great deal from him. RIP Bob!

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Jillian Johnson

    Thank you for your wisdom and knowledge.

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Matt Miller Sr.

    Bob,

    You exercised our minds and made us think, laugh and mostly believe in things bigger than we were. A great guy of depth and character that could always be counted on. You’re already missed.

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Larry

    Bob was the first faculty member to seek me out and introduce himself to me when I first began teaching at MCC. We have remained friends from that time. I will miss you old friend.

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Margaret Gladding

    My thoughts & prayers go out to Bob’s family. I was so shocked to hear of his passing. I had him as an accounting professor and he actually made it fun & interesting. I’m gonna miss our conversations & your awesome personality, Bob!! Our pain is easing knowing that your resting in the arms of Jesus.

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Roxana Dumitru

    As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens.
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family

    09/13/2012
    Posted by: Dee Warhaftig

    After I learn that you passed, I was in shock. I thought you would were on the way of becoming a cancer survivor once again. I have send countless of prayers hoping you’ll be back on your feet soon. On the last note to you, I am grateful to meet you for you were my first college instructor when I enrolled Montcalm Community College that summer of 1991. Not only you taught me Humanities, Accounting, and Computerize Accounting, but you have inspired me to believe, have faith, and live the moment. Bob, you will be missed, but I will not forgotten for your sense of humor, kindness, and all those crazy assignments that you have given me during the three years of my college education. So rest in peace, Mr…(um)…Professor Campbell.

    09/12/2012
    Posted by: Melinda Graham

    Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers!

    (New Madrid, MO)

    09/12/2012
    Posted by: JoLeah Krogman

    I had the pleasure of being one of Bob’s accounting students. He always had a smile & a kind word. Bob will be missed & remembered by many.

    09/12/2012
    Posted by: Shirley McCain

    I’ve know Bob for over 30 or 35 years and can’t believe he’s gone. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones at this time.

    09/12/2012
    Posted by: Lisa Gardner
    Bob touched my life as he was my accounting instructor, friend, and coworker. I will always remember how he would come into the lab just to chat with me. We shared many laughs together. My prayers and thoughts go to Bob’s family at this time.

    09/12/2012
    Posted by: Chris Scheiern

    My sincere sympathy to all the family in the passing of Bob. He was a patient of Dr. Dolphin’s in Belding for many, many years. I always enjoyed my visits with him when he came in for his eye exam.

    09/12/2012
    Posted by: Mary Harrell

    You will be sadly missed by all. You were a great help to me in all my classes with you.

    09/12/2012
    Posted by: Trish Dann

    Bob was one of the most inspirational instructors at MCC. I truely learned much from him in classes I had with him. He will be deeply missed.

    09/12/2012
    Posted by: Melissa Loree

    Bob will be sorely missed. He was the light in so many lives. What an inspiration he has been to so many friends, students, coworkers and acquaintances. I am sorry for the loss his family must endure. Please know that you are all in my prayers.

    09/12/2012
    Posted by: Carol & Mike Heaton

    I pray the family has comfort in knowing Bob is in heaven with Jesus,and many friends and family members .Bob had a very special place in my Mom’s heart’Ida Harger’
    Remember when we went to the same Church ,We had a lot of good times ,Bob was always fun around ,He’s was a very nice man that really cared about others ,Bob you will be missed but not forgotten ,And Im sure my Mom is already hugging you .

    09/12/2012
    Posted by: Millie King

    Uncle Bob,
    You were an extraordinary man. Every thing you have done in your life will never be forgotten. We all miss you so much. I find comfort in knowing we’ll meet again someday. I love you! R.I.P.

    09/12/2012
    Posted by: Doreen Richmond

    Bob—–

    Thank you for teaching me to reach out of the box and act upon it! You are one of God’s special angels, whether on earth or heaven. We will miss you here, but see you again on the other side!

    09/12/2012
    Posted by: Ruth Coston

    Uncle Bob,
    You will be missed. Was so proud of you for all your accomplishments.

    09/12/2012
    Posted by: Andrea Wilson

    09/12/2012
    Posted by: Sally Spry

    May Bob enjoy gardening in heaven with God. A better friend and colleague there was not. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this time of great loss.

    Sally

    09/12/2012
    Posted by: Lori Reppert

    You will bw very misses Bob! You were the first instructor I had when I went back to school. You made me believe I could do it. Thanks to your encouragement I had a few more of you classes and am continuing. Without you I may have quit after the first semester.

    09/12/2012
    Posted by: terrie western bovee

    RIP Bob

    09/12/2012
    Posted by: Greta Skogseth

    I’ll miss you so much. The office won’t be the same without you there. Love, Greta

    09/12/2012
    Posted by: Joshua Stump

    Bob was such a joy to all of us at MCC. He will be surely missed within the campus community.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Gods peace,
    Joshua Stump

    09/12/2012



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