James Richard (Gus) Campbell passed away on Jan. 22, 2011, in the arms of his beloved wife of 46 years. The cause of death was congestive heart disease.
Jim was born Jan. 17, 1943, in Newport, Wash., to Helen and Jim Campbell. He was the fourth of six children born to them.
Jim grew up on the family farm in Laclede, Idaho, and attended school in Laclede, Sandpoint and Priest River, Idaho. On Oct, 0, 1964, he married Juanita Smith in Roundup, Mont. Two children were born to this union, Jimmi Linn (Matt) Brown and Tom (Theresa) Campbell. Jim and his family lived in Sandpoint, Idaho, and Roundup, Mont., before making their home in Havre. He was especially fond of Havre as he could look out on the prairie and watch the trains go by.
Jim was known as a very hard worker. He accomplished many things in his life, such as being nominated for officer training while he was in the Army Reserves, being a foreman in the sawmill where he was employed and also being an operator of an oil workover rig and graduating from college. The one thing he was most proud of was his family.
His children, their spouses, grandchildren, Candice (Mike) Snyder, James Eric, Rich, Katie, Lindsay, Chandra and Allie were the apples of his eye. Jim was most honored, though, when recently, his great-grandson Collin named him P-Pa and his great-granddaughter Mallorie sat and rocked with him. His kindness and compassion were evident to all. He loved his cats and dogs. Feeding his squirrels and birds brought him much happiness.
In addition to his immediate family, Jim is survived by his brother, John (Mary) Campbell of Boise, Idaho; his sister, Kate, (Jack) of Sandpoint, Idaho; cousin, Mary Patrzeba of Wallington, N.J.; his wife’s family, including his mother-in-law. Donna Smith of Roundup, Mont.; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews, who all loved Uncle Gus, and his AA sisters and brothers.
Jim will be missed by all, big and small — furry or feathered.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.