– Jim, 77, died January 14, at his home in Sublimity after a
valiant battle with cancer. He was born on May 7, 1940 in
Blauvelt, NY. to James E. Campbell, Sr. and Eva(Manz)
Campbell. The family moved to Oregon when Jim was very young.
Living in Salem, Jim attended Bush Grade School, Leslie Jr.
High School (meeting his future wife, Lynne in 7th grade), and
South Salem High School, graduating in 1958. Jim joined
the Navy and served in non-combat areas during the early
After his honorable discharge, he married Lynne
Witenberger in Salem on June 1962. They had their first of
three children, a daughter in Salem. Shortly after moving to
Klamath Falls, Gold Beach, and Roseburg where his two sons
were born. In 1970 the family moved to Sublimity so he could
take a job for the City of Stayton as City Administrator. Jim
also worked as a construction inspector, for David Evans &
Associates, WesTech Engineering, and even worked overseas for
2 years in American Samoa.
Jim was a member of the Stayton
Jaycee’s and Stayton Volunteer Fire Department, in the early
years. He enjoyed coaching his children in soccer, scuba
diving, target shooting, sailing, was a HAM radio operator,
and volunteered at Silver Falls in the nature store during his
retirement years. Jim liked motorcycle and bicycle
riding even serving as the president of the Salem Bike Club.
He enjoyed mountain and rock climbing, and was a member of
Salem Mountain Rescue Group. Jim loved Mac computers, travel,
cooking, wine tasting, and spending time with friends.
is survived by his wife of 55 years: Lynne of Sublimity;
children: Kelly (Mike) Alley of Sublimity, Shawn (Brenda)
Campbell of Sublimity, and Aaron (Trish) Campbell of Salem;
sister: Sybil Bigley of Portland; and eleven grandchildren
private family graveside will be held at Willamette National
Cemetery in Portland. A Celebration of Life will be Saturday,
February 3rd at 1:00 pm at the Stayton Community Center.
Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.