Obit: Thomas Campbell


Thomas Lee Campbell, 67, of The Villages, Florida, died unexpectedly on Dec. 31, 2018 during a hospital procedure.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America.

Son of Richard “Dick” T. Campbell and Ruth Evans Campbell, Tom was born in Muscatine and grew up in the Quad City area of eastern Iowa. He played right tackle for Wilton High School on a team that went undefeated to become Eastern Iowa Hawkeye Conference champs in 1968, ranking No. 4 in the state, and played on the EIHC All-Conference team that year. He also wrestled at heavy weight and was an academic standout, named a “State of Iowa Scholar.” Tom attended Northeast Missouri State and the University of Iowa.

Recently retired to Florida, Tom worked for Johns Manville for 35 years, advancing to become a senior industrial engineer where he was instrumental in setting up a production line for insulating tile used on a space shuttle. Later, the Roofing Division “stole” him and he became a senior technical supervisor there.

To know Tom was to love him. The sweetest man on earth, he was kind, affable, funny and a consummate storyteller. Tom was a “glass half full” kind of guy with a charming, easy smile and twinkling eyes. The many kids in his life and the Hawkeyes were his two biggest joys.

Tom leaves behind a brokenhearted wife of 34 years, Barb, a much beloved mom, brother and sister-in-law, three adored nephews, one niece and dozens of relatives, friends and “adopted” kids who called him “uncle.” All were cherished, as was he. Rest in peace our dear Tom and “go Hawks!”

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