John W Campbell, of Westerville, Ohio died peacefully after a courageous fight with cancer on April 10, 2016 at the age of 77. Survived by wife, Betty, son Kyle (Cindy); daughter Lisa; stepchildren, Terri (Scott), Kim (Tom), Pat (Cheryl), Mike (Jenny), 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; siblings, Brenda and Wayne; and numerous friends. Preceded in death by his parents John & Orpha Campbell. John was born in Logan, Ohio on January 11, 1939 and graduated from Otterbein University in 1962 with a degree in Education, where he was a member of the Country Club Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. John was a Teacher in Central Ohio for 30 years until he retired to be able to spend his time doing the things he loved. He was an avid tennis player, active and dedicated member of the Westerville Lions Club, a 40 year OHSAA Referee, and was also a 45 year member of the American Baptist Church of Westerville. He enjoyed volunteering his time for numerous organizations including Otterbein O Club, The Central District Basketball Tournament and Champions/Olympic Tennis Club. He shared a love for all sports, playing, coaching, and refereeing, watching, and ruthlessly rooting for the Yankees and Bengals. From his outgoing personality and love of people, John had never met a stranger. The family would like to thank the staff from the Ohio Health Hospice Center and everyone involved at the Kobacker House in Columbus. Friends may call at the MORELAND FUNERAL HOME, 55 E. Schrock Road, Westerville, Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.. Service will be held at American Baptist Church, 401 E. Schrock Road, Westerville, Friday at 11 a.m.. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Contributions may be made to Otterbein O Club or Westerville Lions Club.
Julianna Speer Lince - Apr 13, 2016
John Campbell was my PE teacher and coach at Ridgeview Junior High School and a very respected role model as I continued in an education and coaching career of my own. John refereed several games that I had the pleasure of coaching – we sure did enjoy those games! My last conversations were during state basketball playoffs down at the coliseum. I sure will miss you coach! Thoughts and prayers are with his family as he was an amazing man!
Barbara Martin - Apr 12, 2016
I knew John when we were students at Otterbein. He always made people laugh. He was a fraternity brother of my ex-husband, Brent, who told me about John’s passing. My condolences go out to his family and friends who will miss him. May the many happy memories be a comfort.
Rebekah Carlisle, Executive Director, Otterbein "O" Club - Apr 12, 2016
On behalf of the Otterbein “O” Club, the athletic boosters association affiliated with Otterbein University, we extend our condolences to John’s family and especially to his wife Betty who in her own right has been such an important part of the “O” Club and Otterbein University. I suspect that many feel as I do: that we, as a community, have lost an extraordinary friend; an outstanding community citizen; a tireless volunteer; a man of integrity, wisdom, faith and good cheer who not only gave of his own talents, time, energy and resources, but who was also adept at encouraging others to contribute to the cause. The impact of John’s efforts is widespread throughout central Ohio. Always, he worked to help others and he did. Within the “O” Club there was no task too big or small for John. He was as willing to serve hotdogs at the tailgates as he was to raise thousands of dollars for the latest project. John became an “O” Club director in 2007. In 2011 he received the “O” Club’s Excel Award and in 2015 the “O” Club bestowed its highest honor, the Outstanding Service Award, on John and Betty. It was our good fortune to have known and worked with John and we are the better for it. May he rest in peace.
Kelly Hoffman - Apr 12, 2016
My sincere condolences to the Campbell family. John was a great man and friend who will be sorely missed. I have known John for over 10 years now and always enjoyed seeing him at Champions Tennis Club. What he did along with Jim and the rest of the crew up there is nothing short of amazing! I know that I speak for all of Columbus Recreation & Parks when I say he was one heck of a person! “The Boss” will be missed!
Ralph &Doris Gordon - Apr 12, 2016
John meant a lot to many people and John meant a lot to GODs work…he will be missed… our prayers are with you
Ed Pagnanelli - Apr 11, 2016
John touched my life in so many ways. I am missing a dedicated volleyball coach and baseball umpire, a fellow volleyball official, a tennis partner, a Shanghi player and a dear friend. Sandy and I will miss our times with you and Betty. Champions Tennis has lost it brightest bloom. Ed & Sandy Pagnanelli
Ed Pagnanelli - Apr 11, 2016
John touched my life in so many ways. I am missing a dedicated volleyball coach and baseball umpire, a fellow volleyball official, a tennis partner, a Shanghi player and a dear friend. Sandy and I will miss our times with you and Betty. Champions Tennis has lost it brightest bloom.
shelly eing - Apr 11, 2016
I sure will miss you Uncle Johnny. I will never drink or see another coke can without thinking of you. You are now at peace & talking to Grandma & Grandpa. I Love You Uncle!!!!!! Shelly & Go Stallions!