Rodney Campbell

Obituary of Rodney Kent Campbell

Rodney Kent Campbell born May 10, 1937 near Brighton, Iowa to Herbert Lawrence and Neva (Stacy) Campbell passed away October 19, 2023 at his home in Eugene, Oregon.

Growing up on the family farm with his siblings Lawrence, Bruce and Linda, Rodney learned skills that would serve him well throughout life, including humility, cooperation, decency, as well as developing a great sense of humor.

Rodney graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor of arts in history. One notable adventure during college included a cross country train ride with fellow Hawkeyes and fraternity brothers to Pasadena for the 1957 Rose Bowl against Oregon State. Exploring the City of Los Angeles was an eye-opening experience for the young farm boy. Another highlight during his time at college was working for a summer at Yellowstone National Park driving an open top tour bus with a problematic transmission while relating the wonders of the park to his passengers. Perhaps to the detriment of his grade point average, Rodney became an expert bridge player at college, honing his skills to win championships. He enjoyed playing the game for the rest of his life, crediting it for much of his social life and professional successes.

Right out of college, Rodney went into the reinsurance industry on the advice of a fraternity brother who had gotten into the business the year before.  He worked in reinsurance for the next 40 years.  His gregarious nature helped him move up and eventually landed him in a corner office in Chicago’s Loop with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan.

Rodney met and fell in love with Barbara Ann Johnson in Sioux City, marrying her on August 22, 1964. Work brought Rodney and Barbara to Chicago where they raised their three sons Eric, Todd, and Ryan in Homewood, Illinois. Rodney was heavily involved in the local Boy Scout Troop 342, assuming the role of scout master and dedicating countless hours to organizing camping trips, hikes, public service, and fundraisers. This involvement allowed his own children and numerous others to embark on adventures, fostering growth, development, and exploration.

In retirement, Rodney became an active member in the local Lions Club helping to put on book sales, Oktoberfest and other fundraising events to provide eye exams and glasses to underserved children. Later in life, Rodney and Barbara relocated to Eugene, Oregon to be close to family. Rodney is survived by his wife and children and their loving wives, Theresa, Chi and Betty, respectively.

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