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Obituary of Fredrick Lea (Fred) Campbell


Longtime resident of Anchorage, Alaska and winter visitor to Concordia, KS., Fred Campbell, 80 years, 6 months and 14 days, went to meet his maker on September 22, 2014 of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at the Mount Joseph Senior Village, Concordia, KS., He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother.
Fred was born in Wayne, Ks., March 8, 1934, son of Guy W. and Fontella E. (Salmon) Campbell. He was called Freddy Lea as a boy and he loved to hunt and trap. He attended grade school in Wayne, KS., and graduated from Agenda High School, Agenda, KS., in 1953 where he played six man football. He also attended auto mechanic school in Kansas City, MO., and was very good at keeping the vehicles running the rest of his life.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1954, serving at bases in Texas and Japan. While at Bergstrom Air Force base, Austin TX., (Now Austin International Airport), he met his future wife, Patience Gail Kuehn, on a blind date, they often joked in later years about who was blind. They were married March 16, 1957 in Smithville, TX.,Patience’s home town. He was discharged from the active U.S. Air Force in 1957. They moved to Seattle, WA and both worked for Boeing Airplane Co. Three daughters were born to this union, Nancy, Susan and Sandra. Fred went to business school to become a computer operator and was employed at McChord Air Force Base, Tacoma, WA. In 1963 Fred joined the Washington State Air National Guard. In May 1965 all of the family was lucky when Fred got a job in Anchorage, Alaska. The family moved lock, stock and barrel, to a wonderful place called the last frontier, Alaska! Fred later told everyone that he took his wife from the biggest state (Texas, at the time they left) and then back to the biggest state (Alaska in 1965). Fred loved Alaska as did the rest of the family. His great love was hunting followed by fishing. He was also on assistant guide for a number of years. He put many a meal on the table of Moose, Caribou and Fish.
He served as president of Tudor Community Schools, a board member of Fur Rendezvous, (A winter festival operated by greater Anchorage Inc.) and a member of Anchorage Parks and Recreation commission. After moving to Alaska, Fred joined the Alaska State Air National Guard. After serving in the military for 39 years 6 months, he retired in 1990 attaining the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, of which he was very proud. In 1966, he went to work for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a computer programmer, retiring in 1985.
He and his wife Patience, learned to square dance in 1968. They were long time members of the Dudes and Dames Square Dance Club, serving in many offices over the years. There were many nice people met during those years and are still in touch with many. After retirement, Fred and Patience traveled in their motor home for a number of years all across the U.S. and Canada. Recent years were spent wintering in Concordia, KS., taking short trips to Texas and several cruises to the Caribbean an Alaska. One of the cruises was through the Panama Canal, sailing from Tampa, FL to San Diego, CA. and come summer time they could be found back in Alaska enjoying the mid night sun and being with there family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother in laws, Richard Whitehair and Dale Cherney, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, his father and mother in law, Otto and Mamie (Preuss) Kuehn and Texas brother in laws, Frank Freytag and Kenneth R. Kuehn. Also Becky, his beloved Brittany Spaniel bird dog.
Fred is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patience, daughters, Nancy and Sandra Campbell of Anchorage, Alaska, Susan (Joe) Schroeder, Wasilla, Alaska, granddaughter, Jessa Schroeder (Blake) Bolinder, Wasilla, Alaska, grandson, Joshua (Ashley) Schroeder, Wasilla, Alaska and great grandson they expect in February 2015, great granddaughter, Adrea Maree Bolinder, Wasilla, Alaska, sisters, Deanna Whitehair, Abilene, KS., Karleen Cherney, Chester, NE., numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Cremation was Chosen.
Memorial services will be held Ten AM, Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014, Bachelor-Surber Memorial Chapel, Belleville, KS., conducted by, Pastor Mark Baldwin.
Inurnment will be in Union Cemetery, rural Wayne, KS.
Military graveside services by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard.
Visitation will be 1 PM to 9 PM Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014 at Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS where the family will greet friends and family from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Memorials may be given to Tammy Walker Cancer Center, Salina, KS or the Wounded Warrior project or the charity of your choice.
Online condolences and information at www.bachelor-surber.com
Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, Ks in charge of arrangements.

 

   
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