Kevin M. Campbell, 68, of Granville died on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Hines VA Hospital in Hines, Illinois.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of life and military honors will be held at a later and safer time. Dysart – Cofoid Funeral Chapel is assisting the family.
Kevin was born on June 8, 1952 in Kewanee to Glen Roy and Elizabeth Louise (Mitchell) Campbell. His family moved to Putnam County in 1954.
He graduated from Putnam County High School in 1970 and attended SIU Technical Institute. Kevin served in the United States Army, First Infantry (The Big Red 1) from October 1972 to October 1975; he participated in the Exercise Campaign Reforger in 1973.
Kevin was an expert craftsman; he owned and operated Campbell Classic Carpentry until his retirement. He worked previously at Goodrich in Henry and Judd Construction in Hennepin.
Kevin will be remembered for his expertise in and vast knowledge of many topics including Putnam County history, the Third Principal Meridian, genealogy, Yamaha Venture motorcycles and vintage Yankee tools. Kevin enjoyed gardening, Sunday suppers with family and friends, motorcycle touring and annual fishing trips to the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
Survivors include his life partner, Debra “Debbie, Dear” Clausen of Granville and her children, Elizabeth (Joseph Adam) Kamphaus of Peru and Theresa (Alejandro “Alex”) Torres of Peru. He was Papa Kevin to Aaron and Ava Torres. Also surviving is his mother, Elizabeth “Betty” of Mt. Palatine; four brothers, Kent (Cindy) of Cross Plains, Tennessee; Ronald “Ron” (Kathy “Katie”) of Mt. Palatine; Anthony “Tony” (Brenda) of The Villages, Florida; and David (Debby) of Mt. Palatine; three sisters, Glenna (James “Jim”) Jones of Brooksville, Florida; Theresa Dawn Johnson of The Villages, Florida; and Constance “Connie” (David “Dave”) Wilcoxson of Peru. Kevin is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and extended family. Kevin will be missed by countless friends here and in on-line forums around the world.
He was preceded in death by his father, Glen in 2002; brother, Douglas in 1987; and niece, Elizabeth Wilcoxson in 1988.
Kevin died while doctors and nurses cared for him in the Covid ICU. His family was not allowed to be at his side. In his memory, please take Covid-19 seriously: wear a mask in public and get vaccinated as soon as you can. Covid is real and it hastened his death.
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