Peter Campbell, 80, of North Platte peacefully passed away at his home on April 6, 2020.
Peter was born in Jamestown, N.D. on Oct. 20, 1939, the oldest child of James Peter and Helen Lucille (Cheser) Campbell. He grew up in North Dakota, and it wasn’t until later in life that he proudly received his high school diploma.
Peter enjoyed camping, hiking, spelunking, reading, telling stories, as well as cooking and eating his own specialties, perfecting Jambalaya. Peter also discovered his talent as a candlemaker.
He enjoyed teaching his grandchildren how to drive the riding lawn mower and his pickup, developing their ability to shoot a variety of firearms, and making coffee and donut runs on Saturday mornings. Peter also enjoyed a good movie, preferably a spy story, any of John Wayne’s films, particularly “Rio Lobo” and “McClintock”, as well as military and dramas.
He proudly owned and proclaimed to have watched the complete “West Wing” political drama countless times. Peter never tired of watching Fox News Network.
In April 1957 Peter enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a machinist’s mate. Following his discharge from the military, he and his former wife married and lived with his family in North Dakota, Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas before settling down for the remaining half of his life in midwestern Nebraska, primarily in the North Platte area. He was a skilled parts manager in car dealerships and ABC Auto Salvage where he worked until he retired.
Peter was married and had three children. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. He also was a member of the North Platte Eagles Club, volunteering in many ways. Peter became a local leader in Alcoholics Anonymous, arriving early to make the coffee, lead meetings, and discuss the “big book” with other members. While living in Arizona, he volunteered as a Cubmaster and Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts.
One great adventure Peter instigated was “Operation Miata”. His fondness for this two-door, soft-topped Mazda sportscar was well known in his empty nest days. In 2015 he found a near-perfect condition model on eBay motors and purchased it without a test drive. To take possession, Peter led a four-generation entourage on a cross country journey worthy of a feature film. “Mia” as he affectionately called his pearl white model brought him many hours of driving pleasure.
Peter is survived by his brother, Lee “Joe” (Ginger) Campbell of St. George, Utah; children, James Campbell of Las Vegas, Nev., Sandra Campbell of Omaha, and Michele (Eric) Raasch of Altoona, Iowa; grandchildren, Chelsea Mollak and Matt Campbell, both of Omaha, Chris (Faith) Campbell of Junction City, Kan., Jonathan Campbell of Oxford, Seth (Kalei) Campbell of Las Vegas; Zachary Raasch and Olivia Raasch, both of Altoona, Iowa; great-grandchildren: Liberty Campbell, Taryn Mollak, Rosemarie Campbell, and Masyn Norman; furry friend, Tommy; as well as other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Helen; and brother, Dennis Campbell.
Cremation was chosen. Graveside service with military honors followed by inurnment will be at 3 p.m. Friday, July 24 at Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Odean Colonial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or at the service.