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 Donald J Campbell

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Donald J Campbell

Birth
Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA
Death
8 Feb 2009 (aged 90)
Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Michigan, USA
Burial
Perry, Shiawassee County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID
33771046 View Source

Long-time newspaper publisher Donald J. Campbell died at Birchwood Nursing Center in Traverse City. He was 90.

Mr. Campbell was owner and publisher of the Holly Herald Advertiser from 1961-1983 before selling the newspaper to his son, Alan. Even after the sale, he worked selling ads and writing for the newspaper, eventually putting in more than 50 years in the newspaper business. He also authored two published books, "The Party at Twin Oaks Ranch" and "Scoop."

Donald Campbell was born in Grand Rapids on Jan. 28, 1919, the son of Harry and Ethel Campbell of Ionia, Michigan. He had two brothers who passed on before him, Robert Campbell and Charles Campbell.

He worked in the summers at the family resort on Houghton Lake, starred on Ionia football, basketball and track teams, played in the high school band, and even wrote the school fight song.

He served stateside as an Army medic during World War II, then attended Michigan State University where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in journalism.

He wrote for the Cadillac Evening News, Port Huron Times Herald, United Press International (UPI) desk in Detroit, and Fremont Times Indicator before deciding he wanted to own a newspaper.

In 1953, he married Helen Crandell, a school teacher who was raised in Morrice. The two purchased the Belleville Gazette, then in 1961 sold the Gazette to purchase the Holly Herald Advertiser.

The Campbells were both very active in the communities they lived. Mr. Campbell was a former president of the Holly Chamber of Commerce and Holly Kiwanis Club, and helped organize and print the Goodfellow newspaper in Holly. On many a late Tuesday night he could be found in his office in the Holly Herald writing up a council meeting for the next day's newspaper. He was a member of the Holly Presbyterian Church, serving as an Elder. He played his trumpet in the Holly Festival band until just a couple years ago.

Helen Campbell died in May 13, 1977.

In 1984, he married Evelyn Ziegler, who preceded him in death on Sept. 20, 2008.

Mr. Campbell was an avid sports fan, having taken his family to see the ‘big game" between MSU and Notre Dame in 1966, two World Series games and two Rose Bowl games. He had the strength to navigate the steep steps of the Breslin Center to attend MSU basketball games in each of the past two seasons. His brother Bob played football at U-M, brother Charles played football at Ferris State College, and his nephew Dave played baseball for the Tigers and Padres, and is a sports announcer for ESPN.

Mr. Campbell also loved to travel with his wives, counting trips to the Rockies, Washington D.C., Greece, Hawaii and 13 cruises among his many blessings. He had a knack for making and retaining friends.

Surviving were two sons, Stuart Campbell of Harrison and Alan (Debra) Campbell of Suttons Bay; two grandsons, Cody Alan Campbell and Scott Campbell, and five nephews.

Through his marriage to Evelyn, he is also survived by two daughters, Gloria (Dan) Leffler of Livonia and Houghton Lake and Linda (Mike) Schaefer of Brea, Calif., and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dryer Funeral Home.

Long-time newspaper publisher Donald J. Campbell died at Birchwood Nursing Center in Traverse City. He was 90.

Mr. Campbell was owner and publisher of the Holly Herald Advertiser from 1961-1983 before selling the newspaper to his son, Alan. Even after the sale, he worked selling ads and writing for the newspaper, eventually putting in more than 50 years in the newspaper business. He also authored two published books, "The Party at Twin Oaks Ranch" and "Scoop."

Donald Campbell was born in Grand Rapids on Jan. 28, 1919, the son of Harry and Ethel Campbell of Ionia, Michigan. He had two brothers who passed on before him, Robert Campbell and Charles Campbell.

He worked in the summers at the family resort on Houghton Lake, starred on Ionia football, basketball and track teams, played in the high school band, and even wrote the school fight song.

He served stateside as an Army medic during World War II, then attended Michigan State University where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in journalism.

He wrote for the Cadillac Evening News, Port Huron Times Herald, United Press International (UPI) desk in Detroit, and Fremont Times Indicator before deciding he wanted to own a newspaper.

In 1953, he married Helen Crandell, a school teacher who was raised in Morrice. The two purchased the Belleville Gazette, then in 1961 sold the Gazette to purchase the Holly Herald Advertiser.

The Campbells were both very active in the communities they lived. Mr. Campbell was a former president of the Holly Chamber of Commerce and Holly Kiwanis Club, and helped organize and print the Goodfellow newspaper in Holly. On many a late Tuesday night he could be found in his office in the Holly Herald writing up a council meeting for the next day's newspaper. He was a member of the Holly Presbyterian Church, serving as an Elder. He played his trumpet in the Holly Festival band until just a couple years ago.

Helen Campbell died in May 13, 1977.

In 1984, he married Evelyn Ziegler, who preceded him in death on Sept. 20, 2008.

Mr. Campbell was an avid sports fan, having taken his family to see the ‘big game" between MSU and Notre Dame in 1966, two World Series games and two Rose Bowl games. He had the strength to navigate the steep steps of the Breslin Center to attend MSU basketball games in each of the past two seasons. His brother Bob played football at U-M, brother Charles played football at Ferris State College, and his nephew Dave played baseball for the Tigers and Padres, and is a sports announcer for ESPN.

Mr. Campbell also loved to travel with his wives, counting trips to the Rockies, Washington D.C., Greece, Hawaii and 13 cruises among his many blessings. He had a knack for making and retaining friends.

Surviving were two sons, Stuart Campbell of Harrison and Alan (Debra) Campbell of Suttons Bay; two grandsons, Cody Alan Campbell and Scott Campbell, and five nephews.

Through his marriage to Evelyn, he is also survived by two daughters, Gloria (Dan) Leffler of Livonia and Houghton Lake and Linda (Mike) Schaefer of Brea, Calif., and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dryer Funeral Home.


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