LONG BEACH - Ronald H. Campbell, 78, died Nov. 16, 2003 at his Long Beach residence following a short illness. The son of Howard and Florence (Hamilton) Campbell, he was born in Portland on March 6, 1925. As a youth he lived in Portland and later in Seattle.

As a teenager he moved to Berkeley, Calif., where he graduated from high school and joined the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He rose to the rank of second lieutenant at the time of his honorable discharge.

Following his military career Mr. Campbell moved to Eugene, Ore., where he graduated from the University of Oregon with a business degree. He and Margery Friday were married in Eugene on Sept. 1, 1946.

During his business career, he worked in retail sales management in the petroleum business, mainly for Union Oil Company and as a real estate agent.

In 1990, Mr. Campbell retired to Long Beach, a locale he had known for years as his parents had lived in "Camelot House" in Seaview, now owned by David Campiche. He was active in community endeavors, serving as president of PACE Senior Nutrition for three years, volunteered at the Ilwaco Heritage Museum and actively supported the South Pacific County Humane Society for many years, heading work parties and fund-raising events. He enjoyed gardening and fishing, was active around the house and was always busy building something. Blessed with a delightful sense of humor and a keen intellect, he was also a devoted weather watcher and would help anyone with anything at anytime.

Survivors include daughter Cory McKeown of Seaview; son Scot Hamilton Campbell of San Francisco, Calif.; sister Betty Schmidt of Ocean Park; grandchildren Michael and Matthew Campbell; nephews Keith and Brian Rennie; and niece Kim Brashier. He was preceded in death by his wife in June of this year; and his sister Mary Lynn Polak.

At his request, no service will be held. Memorials may be made to the South Pacific County Humane Society, 330 NE Second St., Long Beach, WA 98631. Cremation arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.

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