Charles R. Campbell
Oct. 2, 1920 - Nov. 16, 2005
Charles Rose Campbell, 85, died peacefully in his sleep at Gateway Gardens in Eugene, Ore., on Nov. 16, 2005.
Charles, who preferred to be called Charlie, was born Oct. 2, 1920, in Rariton Township, N.J. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a radiotelephone operator on a PBY-5A air-sea-rescue plane in the Pacific theater.
After World War II, Charlie trained to become a plumber, eventually earning his master plumber licensure. He lived and worked in Waukesha, where he started his own plumbing business - "Donít Gamble, Call Campbell."
In 1962, Charlie moved to the Seattle area. Charlie could proudly point to numerous landmark buildings and hospitals in the Seattle area as projects he had worked on. Charlie was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 32 for more than 40 years. He also taught classes to journeyman and apprentice plumbers in Seattle.
After retiring, Charlie lived in Las Cruces, N.M., where he grew many fruit and nut trees and spent his time preparing and preserving his harvest. He also enjoyed creating ceramics and traveling around the area. His family and friends were the lucky recipients of many gifts of his handiwork.
Throughout his life Charlie enjoyed gardening, playing cards - especially bridge and pinochle - and fishing. He will be remembered for his quick wit, great sense of humor, artistic talents, generosity and the beauty and bounty of his gardens.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Mary; a sister, Josephine; his children, Peter, Charles, Elizabeth, Mary, Susan and Diane and their spouses; and 12 grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. today, Nov. 22, at St. Peterís Catholic Church in Eugene. Arrangements are under the direction of Musgrove Family Mortuary.
Contributions may be made in Charlesí memory to the Scholarship Fund of the Seattle Plumbers and Pipefitters, United Association Local 32, 595 Monster Road SW Suite 213, Renton, WA 98055.