Chesley Rountree Campbell, 94, of Galveston died Thursday, January 20, 2017, in a local nursing home.
Funeral services will be held at 2PM, Monday, January 23, 2017 at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home, 2128 Broadway, with Reverend John Donovan and Reverend Susan Kennard officiating. Interment will follow at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas.
Mr. Campbell was born July 28, 1922 in Galveston, the son of A. R. and Kate Rountree Campbell, one of the couples’ six children. He was educated in the Galveston public schools and after graduation enrolled at Texas A&M. Midway through his college years, his education was interrupted by World War II as he and others of his class at A&M were commissioned as officers in the Army of the United States. Chesley served in France, Belgium and Germany in 1944-45, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and was wounded in action while crossing the Rhine River into Germany. Chesley was also awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and numerous other decorations and commendations.
After the end of the war, he returned to the U.S. and competed education at Texas A&M, receiving a degree in Agriculture. He was recalled to active duty soon after the outbreak of the Korean War and served again in combat with the US Army in Korea. After his release from active duty, Mr. Campbell spent the rest of his life in insurance, ranching and real estate interests in Southeast Texas.
In 1956, Mr. Campbell married Vera Louise Swilley of New Willard, Texas who continues to reside in Galveston. The couple had two sons, David, who died in 2016, and Paul, who resides in Saginaw, Texas.
Mr. Campbell was predeceased by his parents and all 5 of his brothers and sisters, Archibald Rowland Campbell, Jr. of Galveston, Katherine Campbell Oliver of Waco, Mary Lee Campbell Davis of Dickinson, Alice Campbell Gaughan of Columbus, Mississippi, and Nancy Campbell Martin of Galveston. He is survived by eleven nieces and nephews, an even larger group of great nieces and nephews, and several great, great nieces and nephews.
Along with his demonstrated loyalty to his country, Chesley R. Campbell remained fiercely loyal to Texas A&M and to Texas. He was a taciturn man of few words but strong opinions, held in high regard (and no little awe) by younger members of his large family.