Richard James Campbell
1934 - 2017
RICHARD JAMES CAMPBELL A life incredibly well-lived came to a close on October 3, 2017. Dick Campbell quietly passed away at Paradise Hospice House, surrounded by loving family and friends. Born Richard James Campbell on May 14, 1934 to Richard Payne and Margaret Gaffney Campbell in Des Moines, Iowa, he enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1951 and served in the Korean War as a Sergeant 1st Class. After earning the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Korea Presidential Unit Citation with Cluster, he was honorably discharged in 1954. After serving, he moved to southern California where he married Joan Roberta Luther in 1954. He worked as a milkman, owned and operated Winchell's Donut Shop in Van Nuys, and sold sporting goods for Montgomery Ward during this time. Dick and Joan had three children, Hayden R, M'Liss J, and Richard J. The Campbells moved to Paradise, California in 1964, where Dick Campbell served with the Butte County Sheriff Department beginning in 1965. During this time he also taught classes in Law Enforcement at Paradise High School and Butte College, where he received his AA degree in Police Science. He retired from the Sheriff Department in 1978. He owned and operated Quail Trails Store and was a real estate agent for a time. He was active with the Paradise VFW Chapter 2036, serving as Post Commander. He became a widower when Joan passed away in 2001. Dick was a longtime member of ECV Paradise Chapter 7-11, serving as Gold Dust Collector, and was active with Search Hike and Paradise Gold Nugget Days. He was an avid supporter of the Paradise Fraternal Order of Eagles #2960. Richard James Campbell is survived by his beloved partner, Shirley Talken; his children, Hayden, M'Liss Barden, and Richard; his daughter-in-law Glynnis; grandchildren Tiffani, Bryce, Rayna, Hayden Jr., Brandon, Brynna, and Dylan; and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service with potluck luncheon is planned at Paradise VFW Post 2039 for Tuesday October 17 at 1:00 p.m., which all friends and family are welcome to attend. If there is one word that best describes Dick Campbell, it is "service." As a Marine in Korea and a Deputy Sheriff in Butte County, he risked his own safety to protect and serve others. We all knew him as generous with his time and resources, and as the epitome of the responsible father and family provider, while on occasion taking in kids in need of a safe place and treating them as family, too. If there is one word that best summarizes his time here on earth, his accomplishments, his parenting, his generosity, his service to the community and to our country, and his love, it is a word humbly borrowed from the Clampers, an organization whose irreverent sense of fun fit him perfectly. That word is "satisfactory." We like to think, as he approaches those pearly gates where his beloved Joan and his many friends who have passed before await, he asks St. Peter "how'd I do?" and St. Peter answers with a smile: "Satisfactory." Someone wrote that death ends a life, not a relationship, and we will hold Richard James Campbell in our hearts and as our mentor and inspiration for the rest of our days. Rest in peace. Your loving family.