A memorial service for Robert James Kampbell will be held Friday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Basin. Bob, 71, died Dec. 5 after a long illness.
He was born Jan. 28, 1944, in Scottbluff, Neb., the ninth of 12 children of Henry and Elizabeth Zitterkoph Kampbell. He was raised in Hemingford, Neb., and graduated from high school in 1963.
Bob enlisted in the United States Army in 1964 and was a helicopter crew chief. He served for three years including a year in Germany and a year in Vietnam. During his tour in Vietnam, Bob survived not only multiple gunfights, but also an incident when his helicopter was shot down. He rarely spoke of his combat experiences.
After his discharge, Bob returned home and attended Chadron State College where he met Darlene Welling. Robert and Darlene were married in Crawford, Neb., in 1970. Bob taught high school math and physics in Nebraska for several years before moving his young family to Basin, where he worked as the Big Horn County executive director for the USDA Farm Service Agency from 1977 until his retirement in 2006.
In 1982 he reenlisted in the Wyoming Army National Guard; he retired from the Guard in 2004.
Bob drove school bus and substitute taught for several years before becoming ill in 2014.
Bob was a volunteer fireman for the Basin Fire Department for over 20 years.
He enjoyed animals, the outdoors, and spent his free time on his small farm between Basin and Greybull where he raised sheep and hay. He loved to hunt, fish and camp.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene, on Sept. 5, 2015; his parents; one brother and four sisters.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Sheila Kampbell of Basin; two daughters and a son-in-law, Alysia Kampbell of Basin and Kevin and Sarah Kampbell Hughes of Cheyenne; four brothers, two sisters, and seven grandchildren: Brady, Karisa, Tyler, Ryan, Katelyn, Jesse and Wyatt.
A military graveside service will be held at Mt. View Cemetery immediately following the memorial service; a luncheon for family and friends will follow the graveside service at the reception hall of the First Baptist Church.