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William “Morris Campbell, 95, passed away Monday, Oct. 29, 2007 at Kingswood Retirement Community Health Center.
Morris was born July 9, 1912 in Richmond, the son of Millard Jesse and Susan (McAlister) Campbell. His mother died when he was seven months old. He was raised by an aunt and uncle, Bertha (Bales) and Huram Zachariah Campbell. He attended various Ray County schools and graduated from Lawson High School in 1930. He taught in one-room schools in Ray and Caldwell counties. In 1941 he married Beryl Dean Bickering. He served in the Army Air Force from April 1943 until Jan. 1946. His major assignment was with the 9th Photo Intelligence Detachment in Hawaii, Saipan, and Okinawa.
In 1949 he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg. In 1954 he earned his Masters in Education degree from the University of Kansas City. He taught industrial arts and served as principal of Morris School in Kansas City, Kan. He was a superintendent, principal and teacher in Cleveland, Mo. and was an elementary supervisor of three schools in Olathe, Kan. His final 22 years in education were spent in the Kansas City, Mo. school district as a teacher in industrial arts at Paseo and then as Coordinator of Vocational Education first at Central and then at Paseo High School.
Retiring in 1980, Morris spent 23 years participating at the Shepherd Center of Kansas City; 18 of those in charge of the travelogue program. In addition, he volunteered for 18 years at St. Joseph Hospital. Morris enjoyed jokes, travel, historic homes tours, garden tours, and reading travel books and biographies.
Morris attended Methodist Sunday School as a child. As an adult, he was baptized by the Methodist Church and, with his wife and family, attended the First Baptist Church of Kansas City, Mo., Old Mission Methodist Church and Overland Park Christian Church.
Survivors include: his wife, Beryl Dean (Pickering) Campbell; one daughter, Maurica Sue Campbell, of Overland Park, Kan.; one son, Charles Pickering Campbell, of Grandview; and a niece, Suzanne (Lane) Arensdorf and her family, of Lake Worth, Fla. In addition, he leaves longtime wonderful friends, Zula B. (Dunn) Crowley; Ed and Beth Crowley and children, Amanda and Bret, of Lathrop; Larry and Cheryl (Crowley) Delmont and Frank and Barbara (Crowley) Rossi, of Kansas City, Mo.; as well as a devoted former one-room school student, Ludene (Pollard) Welch and husband, Hugh, of St. Joseph. Morris’ quirky wit and friendly smile will be greatly missed by family and friends.
His parents, sister, Colene (Campbell) Arensdorf, brother, Harvey Wallace “Jack” Campbell, a nephew, Alan Reinart Arensdorf, his aunt and uncle, his cousin, Sarah Ellen Campbell, and lifelong friend, Allen Virgil Crowley, preceded him in death.
Thank you to the Kingswood Community for their care both in independent living and in the Health Center. Gratitude also to Hospice Care of the Midwest for their compassionate attention the past two months.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions be made to: The Shepherd Center, Kansas City Central, 5200 Oak, Kansas City, Mo. 66412 or Overland Park Christian Church, 7600 West 75th St., Overland Park, Kan. 66204 or Kingswood Foundation, 10000 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, Mo. 64114 or Hospice Care of the Midwest, 400 E. Red Bridge Rd., Suite 115, Kansas City, Mo. 64114
Morris had arranged for his body to be donated to KU Medical Center. Memorial services will be held Friday, Nov. 9, 2007 at 7:30 p.m., at the Kingswood Community, 10000 Wornall Road, with a reception to follow.
Arrangements are under the direction of Amos Family Funeral Home in Shawnee, Kan.