Aberdeen, SD-Mass of Christian Burial for James M. Campbell, 68, of Aberdeen will be 10:30 am, Thursday, October 8, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aberdeen. Masks and social distancing encouraged. Rev. Fr. David Janes and Rev. Fr. Michael Griffin with officiate. The service will be live streamed and available at www.Carlsenfh.com under James’ obituary.
Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00-6:30 pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with masks and social distancing encouraged.
James died October 1, 2020 at Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.
Jim was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, on March 2, 1952, the fifth of six children of John Campbell and Inez (Valsvig) Campbell. His family resided in rural Belle Fourche, South Dakota, where he learned the value of hard work. Jim attended one-room schoolhouses 1st through 8th grade and then graduated in 1970 from Newell High School. The Metallurgical Engineering degree from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology along with the business classes at Drake University served him well throughout his life.
He began his career in 1975 at the John Deere Des Moines plant in Ankeny, Iowa, and transferred in 1988 to the John Deere Rotary Engine plant in New Jersey. Realizing that the Midwest was the place to continue raising his family, he took a job in 1990 as Vice President of Operations at Hub City, Inc. (formerly known as Safeguard) in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and eventually became Vice President and General Manager. He left Aberdeen for Watertown in 1995 to become President of O.E.M. Worldwide and eventually returned to Hub City, Inc. in 2000 and retired from there in 2017.
Jim was united in marriage to Laurie in 1978 and to this union were born their three children: Anna, John, and Matthew. He was a very devoted husband and father who said on his last day of life that he was so pleased to have passed along the attributes of a strong work ethic, responsibility, respectfulness, generosity, and the importance of being a good spouse and parent.
Papa Jim was a special grandfather to six grandchildren ages five and under. He left a lasting impression on Jameson and Henry Campbell, Morgan and Madeline O’Neill, and Wyatt and Lucy Campbell. They will always remember him for his unlimited playfulness, humor, and radio voice. It is comforting to know that Papa Jim went to Heaven and will continue to watch over them throughout their lives.
Jim had a gift for connecting with people and the ability to make everyone feel at ease with his colorful stories and witty sense of humor. He was a born leader, risk taker and was always willing to share his time, treasure, and talent with others. He developed many life-long business associates and neighbors from each of the communities where he lived. To this day, he has kept in touch with so many.
Jim’s generosity to the community extended to numerous boards and committees including the Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota, Presentation College, Northern State University, Aberdeen Airport Board, Crazy Horse Memorial, United Way, and the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce among many others.
His hobbies included golf, long walks, extensive travel, spending time with grandchildren, lake life, and making memories such as his recent 6,700 mile car trip with Laurie before Covid-19 shortened the trip.
Preceding Jim in death were his parents John and Inez Campbell, his brothers John (Jack) Campbell and Kevin Campbell and brother-in-law Jerry Thilmony.
He is survived by his loving wife Laurie of 42 years, children Anna (Adam) O’Neill (Pully, Switzerland); John (Annie) Campbell (O’Fallon, Missouri); and Matthew (Kayla) Campbell (Aberdeen, South Dakota); his sisters Margaret (Ron) Smith (Rapid City, South Dakota), Mary Ellen (Ed) Dotson (Rapid City, South Dakota), Rose Thilmony (Sidney, Montana), and his sisters-in-law Gwen Campbell (Ridgecrest, California), and Barb Campbell (Gulfport, Mississippi).
Urnbearers will be Jim’s children.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts, if you wish, can be directed to the Aberdeen Catholic Foundation for the benefit of The Jim and Laurie Campbell Endowment, 13 2nd Avenue SE, Suite 6, Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401 or www.ccfesd.org. This Endowment supports the Roncalli Tuition Assistance Fund, Northern State University Newman Center, and St. Mary’s Church in Aberdeen.
Jim has left this earthly world and is at peace with the Lord in Heaven surrounded by those who have gone before him. In spite of the quickness of his declining health, he had time to be introspective and let his family know he does not regret a thing in his life, knowing that it was all part of God’s Plan. Everyone should take the opportunity to believe in the Love of God.
Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen has been entrusted with arrangements.