January 5, 1947 ~ February 24, 2018

Born in: Logansport, Indiana,
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Major William (Bill) T Campbell, 71, passed away peacefully on Feb. 24, 2018 after a courageous battle with metastatic renal cancer. He was born to James J Campbell and Frances R Moles Campbell Jan. 5, 1947 in Logansport, IN. He is preceded in death by his parents. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marilee Nickelson, children Chad Campbell, Allison Campbell, Anna (Jeff) Greenwood, Katie Nickelson, and Molly (Nick) Maestas, as well as grandchildren Kendi (Alex) Swearingen, Taylor and Hannah Campbell, Logann and Connor Crull, Ella and Carson Greenwood, Brock and Tatum Maestas, brother Robert (Gwen) Campbell, sister Cheryl (Chris) Guilonard, as well as all who knew and loved him. Showing his true love of our country and patriotic side, Bill joined the US Naval Reserves in 1965. He then joined the US Army in June 1966 and was commissioned in April 1967 as a 2nd Lieutenant. He served in Vietnam in 1969 as an artillery officer where he was awarded the Bronze Star. Hawaii was his next a liaison to deactivate the 9th infantry division. He chose not to go back to Vietnam, joined the Colorado National Guard, and then continued his service to our country in the Individual Ready Reserves. He achieved the rank of Major in the US Army. An avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, or anything outdoors, Bill leaves a legacy of that love with his children and grandchildren. He loved to work in the garden, taking great pride in keeping the yard and flowers looking wonderful. Another hobby of Bill's was photography. He seemed to always have his camera with him, and with his artistic eye enjoyed taking photos of his family, scenery, and his dogs. Bill had a long line of Labrador Retrievers, and when he was younger was active in field trials with his dogs and the field trial community. When he was five years old Bill moved to Colorado and made Pueblo his life-long home. He went to Washington Elementary School, Corwin Middle School, South High School, and Southern Colorado State College. He still has many close friends he met at school. Bill married his high school sweetheart, Susanne Klune, and they had two children, Chad and Allison. That marriage later ended in divorce. Later, Bill remarried and started a new life with his current wife, Marilee Nickelson. He inherited three more daughters, and together with Marilee he has nine grandchildren who were the light of his life! Bill joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 2001 and embraced a new spiritual side of his life. He has a strong testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ, and our Heavenly Father. He served in the bishopric of the Mesa Ward for several years and has a deep and abiding faith in the resurrection and eternal life, and of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Bill retired from King Soopers after a long career, where he has wonderful memories and long-term friends. We are grateful for the many prayers on behalf of Bill and his family while he fought a long, hard battle with cancer. Your prayers have lifted and sustained us during this difficult time. Also, we are grateful for the many health care providers who helped care for him at the very end. Memorial service will be held Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4720 Surfwood Lane, Pueblo, CO 81005. Military honors. Online condolences at www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. We send our love and prayers to the entire family. We are so sorry for your loss and pray that God gives you comfort and strength.

  2. Merilee, I was so sorry to hear about this after the fact. Clearly you have been through a lot. What a wonderful tribute is written about your husband. I didn’t get to know him, but still have a special memory of you and your girls, though it’s been a while.
    Thoughts and prayers.

  3. To Bill’s family; Although we hadn’t seen nor communicated with each other in years, Bill and I were best of friends in high school and also working together at King Soopers. I even served as his Best Man when he married Susanne. I was very saddened to read of his passing. Bill and I had some wild and crazy times “back in the day,” and I remember him so fondly. Deepest condolences.

  4. Dear Chad, Allison, and Marilee,
    My condolence for your loss of Bill. The tragic news of his passing is shocking. He is gone at far too young an age to a cruel and insidious disease. I’m sure he is, and will be sorely missed by you and all of his loved ones and friends. It’s my hope that with the help of each other, you will make it through the great sadness and grief. I’m sure that in time, you’ll be able to look back on your lives with Bill and enjoy your myriad fond memories. I looked up to Bill, admiring his brilliant wit, ease of conversation, and great sense of humor, as well as, his sporting interests and military service. He was always a friend to me, Rose, and Chila. I offer my sincere, heartfelt sympathy to each of you and all of the family.

  5. I only met Bill one time, it was at the memorial for Marilee’s mother, he was such a support to her and was so caring about her needs. I liked him instantly and was so happy that he was the man to love my cousin. He is in a good place and I know that he has had a great reunion with his loved ones, and will be there in the front of the line when Marilee can be with him again. He will be keeping an eye on you Marilee.

  6. Rest in peace Bill. You fought the good fight and will always be remembered for your service to our country. You will be missed by all who knew you and particularly by your loved ones. God bless.

  7. TO THE FAMILY OF BILL,
    I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. I HAD THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING BILL THROUGH WORK MANY YEARS AGO. I PRAY THE FAMILY FIND COMFORT IN KNOWING BILL HIS NOW AT PEACE AND NOW REUNITED WITH HIS HEAVENLY FATHER AND LOVED ONES.
    IN HEAVEN. …to be absent from the body and to be present with the LORD.
    2 Corinthians 5:8

  8. I was so happy to be able to spend time with Bill, Marilee and Bob last week reminiscing about the old days. Memories rushed back like they were yesterday. The memories I have of Bill will stay with me throughout my life. God got a good one when he got Bill. To Bill’s family and friends God bless. RIP my dear friend.

  9. Rest In Peace, Big Brother knowing that Marilee will always be a loved member of our Family. You are missed, your pain is not.

    Give Mom and Dad a big hug from all of us. No doubt the Family Reunion will be a real blast, tell everyone I love them.

  10. I am so lucky to have spent time with Bill, Merilee and Bob last week. I have such great memories of Bill to carry throughout my life. Bill has been one of my favorite friends. God got a good one in Bill. I am so sad that I will miss the celebration of Bill’s life Saturday but my thoughts and prayers will be with Bill’s family and friends. RIP my friend until I see you again.

  11. I am so lucky to have spent time with Bill, Merilee and Bob last week. I have such great memories of Bill to carry throughout my life. Bill has been one of my favorite friends. God got a good one in Bill. I am so sad that I will miss the celebration of Bill’s life Saturday but my thoughts and prayers will be with Bill’s family and friends. RIP my friend until I see you again.

  12. I am so lucky to have spent time with Bill, Merilee and Bob last week. I have such great memories of Bill to carry throughout my life. Bill has been one of my favorite friends. God got a good one in Bill. I am so sad that I will miss the celebration of Bill’s life Saturday but my thoughts and prayers will be with Bill’s family and friends. RIP my friend until I see you again.

  13. I am so lucky to have spent time with Bill, Merilee and Bob last week. I have such great memories of Bill to carry throughout my life. Bill has been one of my favorite friends. God got a good one in Bill. I am so sad that I will miss the celebration of Bill’s life Saturday but my thoughts and prayers will be with Bill’s family and friends. RIP my friend until I see you again.

  14. I am so lucky to have spent time with Bill, Merilee and Bob last week. I have such great memories of Bill to carry throughout my life. Bill has been one of my favorite friends. God got a good one in Bill. I am so sad that I will miss the celebration of Bill’s life Saturday but my thoughts and prayers will be with Bill’s family and friends. RIP my friend until I see you again.

  15. I am so lucky to have spent time with Bill, Merilee and Bob last week. I have such great memories of Bill to carry throughout my life. Bill has been one of my favorite friends. God got a good one in Bill. I am so sad that I will miss the celebration of Bill’s life Saturday but my thoughts and prayers will be with Bill’s family and friends. RIP my friend until I see you again.

  16. I am so lucky to have spent time with Bill, Merilee and Bob last week. I have such great memories of Bill to carry throughout my life. Bill has been one of my favorite friends. God got a good one in Bill. I am so sad that I will miss the celebration of Bill’s life Saturday but my thoughts and prayers will be with Bill’s family and friends. RIP my friend until I see you again.

  17. I will miss you my friend ! I never told you this but every veteran’s day I thought of you thank you for my freedom….Sir

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