John Campbell, PhD Obituary

John Edward Campbell, PhD
John Edward Campbell, PhD
John Edward Campbell, PhD

December 17, 1939 - June 1, 2007
Born in Moniteau County, MO
Resided in Johnston, IA
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John Edward Campbell, 67, died June 1, 2007 in an automobile accident near Iowa City, Iowa.

John was born December 17, 1939, in Moniteau County, Missouri, to Ivy Easom and Harriet Cornelia (Hart) Campbell. He graduated from Eldon High School, Eldon Missouri and received his BS and MS degrees from the University of Missouri at Columbia. John earned his PhD in Entomology from Iowa State University. He married his childhood sweetheart, Virginia Lee Derryberry on June 14, 1959.

John was a Board Certified Entomologist and worked as a Research Entomologist for Pioneer Hi-Bred until his retirement after 27 years of dedicated service.

John loved his family, gardening, fishing, antiquing, flea marketing and especially loved spending time on his family farm in Versailles, Missouri. He was also a graduate of the World Wide College of Auctioneering and a member of West Des Moines Christian Church, West Des Moines, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Virginia, and their three children: Douglas (Vicki) Campbell and Daniel (Kelli) Campbell of Urbandale and Deanna (Bruce) Mankle of Clive; six grandchildren: Heather, Scott, Ryan, Alissa, Taylor and Morgan; one sister, Charlene McAuley of Wellsville, Kansas; mother-in-law, LaVern Walters of California, Missouri; two nephews Mike (Bev) McAuley and Pat (Debbie) McAuley of Wellsville, Kansas and one niece Charnell (Keith) Gray of Hutchinson, Kansas.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Westover Funeral Home, 6337 Hickman Road, Des Moines. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at West Des Moines Christian Church, 4501 George Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines. Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines. Memorials can be directed to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
West Des Moines Christian Church
4501 George Mills Parkway
West Des Moines, IA US
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
10:30 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Wednesday, June 6, 2007