Robert  Campbell


On Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, Robert Campbell, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed on.
Robert, also known as Bob, "Coach Bob" or to so many "Grandpa Bob" was born in Ann Arbor, to Bill and Maxine Campbell. Raised in Plymouth, he attended Our Lady of Good Council and graduated from Plymouth High school in 1961. His ties to Frankfort began at an early age visiting his grandfather who was a chief on the Ann Arbor Car Ferries and summering on Crystal Lake with his parents and sister, Barbra. It was during these summer stays that he met the love of his life, the woman he would later marry, Judith McPherson. Bob and Judie tied the knot on April 18, 1963 in Plymouth, where they resided for the first years of their marriage. During this time, their daughter, and only child, Christa, was born.
Bob, himself was born to be an entrepreneur, he started his own company at the ripe age of 19. He was a cement man through and through and he took great pride in his work. You will find you probably walked on many sidewalks that he created whether you are in Frankfort, Grand Rapids or Detroit. After moving to Frankfort permanently, Bob continued his masonry cement work along with other endeavors, but masonry work was what he always enjoyed the most. During their lives together, Bob and Judie owned several businesses, such as the Frankfort Trailer Park, the Cool Spot and the Crystal Rose Floral Shop. Bob received his license in real estate and worked for Homestead Reality, later becoming a million-dollar agent.
Bob had many passions in life, restoring cars began in his teens and was something he enjoyed doing all through his life. He spent many hours with friends putting cars back together. One of his favorite things to do was to attend the Detroit Dream Cruise and this became more special when he was able to attend with his grandsons. Another passion of Bob's was running and if you were an athlete at Frankfort High School, he might have touched your life. For many years, Bob had the privilege of helping coach track in Frankfort and later in life when they started spending winters in Bradenton, Florida, you would find him running the track program at Lakewood Ranch High School. Running was always something he enjoyed. He took pride in participating in both the Detroit and Chicago Marathons and always looked forward to Sunday mornings with the Sunday running group and, of course, the camaraderie of sitting around afterwards and having breakfast together.
Bob loved to travel, and he was fortunate enough to travel many places by car, 5th wheel, motor home, plane, ship and even horseback. Horses were another passion of his as many days were spent riding, retrieving hay and shoveling saw dust. Bob had the pleasure of riding horseback across the state of Michigan in addition to spending a week in the Teton Mountains riding horseback on a covered wagon train with his wife and daughter.
Bob is survived by his wife, Judith, of 57 years; and their daughter, Christa; the twinkle of his eye, his granddaughter, Megan (Andrew) Garza; his grandsons that meant the world to him, Kevin and Kyle Campbell-Slade; and his two precious great-grandsons, Carter Kerby and Logan Garza. He spent his life teaching them the value of a good work ethic and how to be strong individuals. He loved them dearly and was his happiest watching them shine. His last days he relished watching Carter and Logan play basketball.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Barbra Singleton; and granddaughter, Kayle Campbell-Slade.
A celebration of life will be held Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. at Frankfort United Methodist Church.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Frankfort Panther Athletic department in Coach Bob's honor.
Jowett Family Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements.
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Published on August 19, 2019
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Teresa (Pickard) Schramm
Aug 19, 2019
Christa and family.....I am so very sorry to hear about your father's passing. I holding you in loving prayer

_From an old Cosmetology school friend