Richard E. Campbell

Richard E. Campbell, age 73, of Friendship, WI passed away on Thursday, November 5, 2020. He was born on May 22, 1947, in Portage, Wisconsin, the son of Eugene and Pearl (Fairfield) Campbell. He graduated from Adams-Friendship High School, class of 1966. He also received his degree from Mid-State Technical College for auto mechanics. Richard was a lifetime trucker and owned RJC Trucking in Friendship. He married “his Little wifey” Jeri (Hall, Sage) Campbell, on Sweetest Day, Oct. 16, 1999.

His passion was being behind the wheel of his big truck. He loved being home with family, but he also enjoyed getting out on the road, and being the first in line for a load, or to be unloaded. He also enjoyed watching football, stock-car races, tractor pulls, westerns, and The Simpsons.  He was always known to have a great sense of humor and razzing everyone he came in contact with. There was always laughter whenever and whomever he was around.

Richard is survived by “his little wifey” Jeri Campbell; children, Brian (Sue) Campbell, Peggy (Lance) Ferkey, Stacy (Charlie) Dessart, Rob (Heather) Sage, Nowenda (Troy) Olson; 15 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Joni (Don) Wegner; brother, Dale (Laura) Campbell; brothers-in-law, Tom Evans, Harry Nawrot, many nieces and nephews, and also his first wife Lois Leach.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene & Pearl Campbell; siblings, Linda Evans, Reva Nawrot, and brother Arnold Campbell.

He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. A celebration of life will be held at his home on Sunday, November 8, 2020. In lieu of flowers and monetary gifts, please make a donation to a Kidney Foundation or Heart Foundation of your choice. Richard was a kidney transplant survivor and recently learned of his heart troubles.

Our family would like to thank: “His girls”, and staff at Gunderson Hospital, the doctors and staff at UW Madison, UW Madison Kidney Transplant Center, UW Portage, Meriter, and St. Mary’s. All of your care and support has been greatly appreciated.



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  1. Mike Miotke says:

    Rich was a tough wrestler and all around nice guy. Sorry to hear of his health problems which led to his passing.

  2. Albert E Steele says:

    Sorry to hear the news, Ricky had a great spirit about him.

  3. Jeffrey Geissler says:

    Sorry to hear of dickys passing We always had a good time at breakfast when my grandpa Clifford was around

  4. Dennis Polivka says:

    So sorry to hear of Richards passing. Richard worked for my parents at times during our youth and were friends. I have fond memories of Richard and know he is deeply missed.

  5. Angie Richardson says:

    So sorry for your loss Jeri. Ricky always knew how to make everyone laugh and was so fun to be around. My folks always enjoyed you both stopping by for chats. He will dearly be missed. ❤❤

  6. Melinda Rhinehart says:

    Thinking of you, Stacy and family! Our heartfelt condolences to you all!

  7. Dorothy Fischer says:

    Jeri i am sorry to hear of Rick’s passing

  8. Terry and Sue Fairfield says:

    So sorry to read of Rick’s passing. Condolences to Jeri and their family.

  9. Bruce and Kathy hall says:

    Ricks infectious humor and positive outlook is what I will miss the most . The trucking industry lost a good one . Condolences to the family .

  10. Karen Bloss Christensen says:

    Sad to hear of Dickie’s passing. He has reunited with his trucking buddie of the 60-70’s, I remember the many times of story telling between Whiskers, Eugene, Jelly Belly, Donnie G and my dad, Clifford and more. The funniest of which was a deadhead home from Gary, Indiana. They loaded the old Ford car, which they kept at the terminal for fun times, onto the semi trailer, two of them in the truck two them in the car. and home they came. Lot of truck repair was done at my dad’s, they sat around telling stories while my brothers worked on the trucks. Great group of truck drivers with determination to make a living and keep the families fed. Our families remained friends until the end. Good Ole Days!

  11. George Tracy Ferge says:

    Sorry for your loss prayers thought and hugs to all RIP Richard you well be miss by many

  12. Dennis R Cochrane says:

    God bless Rick we will miss you

  13. Larry Podoll says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. We grew up a mile from each other, life long friends. Road bikes back forth to each others homes during summer school vacations. My sincere condolences Jeri & all of his family. RIP my friend.

  14. Dennis says:

    So sorry to hear of Richards passing he will be dearly missed by all.I will miss chatting with him

  15. Roger and Lori Hall says:

    So very sorry to hear of Richard’s passing, Jeri you have our sincere condolences.

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