Thomas W. Campbell, 91, of Cape Coral Fla., passed away Aug. 13, 2012, at Hope Hospice.
He was born May 18, 1921, in Hannibal, Mo., to Ray J. and Susie (Owsley) Campbell. He enlisted in the Navy at the start of World War II and served in the Mediterranean, attaining the rank of chief petty officer.
In 1950, he went to Korea where he served as a Navy medic assigned to the 1st Marine Division.
He married Helen Heidenreich in June 1946. She preceded him in death March 2009.
He and Helen settled in Greenwood, where he worked as a construction executive and raised eight children and cared for two foster children.
He served on the Greenwood City Council, was a life member of the Knights of Columbus Council 6138, where he served as grand knight several times, a longtime member of Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church and a Boy Scout leader for many years.
Upon his retirement in 1988, he and Helen moved to Cape Coral, Fla. In his retirement, he became a noted stained-glass artist and exhibited in several regional shows. He was an active member of St. Andrew Parish, where he served as a regular usher until his death. He also was active in numerous veterans groups, including The Chosin Few, the Korea Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Cape Coral Invest in America’s Veterans Foundation.
He is survived by eight children, Teri Maude of Beaufort, S.C., Tom (Geri) Campbell of Edmond, Okla., John Campbell of Bowling Green, Ky., Jim (Abby) Campbell of Franklin, Jeanette Beard of Fort Myers, Fla., Joe (Mary) Campbell of Martinsville, David (Marsha) Campbell of Greenwood and Don (Kate) Campbell of Tavares, Fla.; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church, 335 S. Meridian St. Calling will be from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Invest in America’s Veterans Foundation, 3100 Del Prado Blvd., Bldg. 3 Unit 6, Cape Coral, FL 33904, or at www.veterans-