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Willie Ray “Bill” Campbell

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Willie Ray “Bill” Campbell

August 4, 1921 ~ March 15, 2014

Willie Ray “Bill” Campbell, 92, a 60 year Wenatchee Valley resident, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Caring Cottage in Wenatchee, following an extended illness. He was born on August 4, 1921, outside Medical Lake, WA, on a wheat ranch. The family moved to the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas when he was two years old and they remained there through his adolescence. He quit school in the eighth grade to work the family farm full time. He split his time between sharecropping in Arkansas and working in the fruit business in eastern Washington until 1953, when he settled his family full time in the Wenatchee area. Eventually, he gravitated to work as a truck driver, working both as an independent and for several Wenatchee area companies. Bill joined Weinstein Beverage Company in 1972, retiring from there in 1986. He was a longtime member of the Teamsters Union. In retirement, Bill enjoyed working on cars and gardening. He was known for being generous with his time and always willing to lend a helping hand. He was also known as “Sweet William” and had an affinity for the ladies and always called his waitresses his girlfriend.

He is survived by his children, Judy Shaw (Ronald) of San Jose, CA and Douglas (Laurie) of Lewis Center, OH; one sister, Venita Yancey of Lodi, CA, where she resides in a state of blissful happiness; his grandchildren, Mindy and Derek Shaw of San Jose, CA, Mark and Scott Campbell of Lewis Center, OH, and Rebecca Starks of Kirkland, WA; and numerous other relations scattered across the United States, some known, others not. He was a friend to everyone and a was a father and grandfather figure to Les Benedict of Wenatchee, Russ and Sharon Stephens of Malaga, Sonja Kniep of Wenatchee and Lacey Kniep of Kirkland, as well as the many friends he touched by his life. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59-1/2 years, Pauline; one sister, Jackie; and one brother, Jim.

A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in Evergreen Memorial Park, East Wenatchee, with a Celebration Service to follow at 11:00 a.m. at Heritage Memorial Chapel, 19 Rock Island Road, East Wenatchee, with Pastor Bob Lenderman officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and on Friday, March 28, 2014, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. You are invited to visit his tribute online at In lieu of other memorials, the family is planning on purchasing a park bench in his memory to be placed on the East Wenatchee side of the Loop Trail. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.

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