|Robert Bolton Campbell, 66, 2040 W. Losey St., Galesburg, Ill., died at 2:02 a.m. Saturday, April 17, 2010 in Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
Bob was born March 19, 1944, the son of Charles Lester and Beulah Bolton Campbell and raised in southern California. He graduated from North Hollywood High School in 1962 and attended Los Angeles Valley College. He belonged to First United Methodist Church in North Hollywood.
Bob had a special gift for mechanics, which was evident from an early age. He later lived in Burbank, Calif. and worked for 20 years as a foreman and engine rebuilder at Jules Auto Parts. He was active with the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, an affiliation he maintained to the present. He was president of the Buick Club of America, nationally, as well as locally. Also in his California days, he enjoyed square dancing.
Bob served a four year enlistment in the Air Force working on jet engines, half of which time was spent in Puerto Rico. He used to joke that his duty there was "guarding the golf courses."
He moved to Galesburg in 1991. He worked at Lakis Ford/Dodge in the parts department. He assisted his mother until her death in 2004 at the age of 99. He liked working on old tractors and enjoyed farming jaunts with his cousins, the Charles McLaughlin family of Alpha, Ill., at planting and harvest times.
Bob had a bit part in the movie Stargate, driving a tractor in Arabic garb. He was also cited in the acknowledgments of books on tractors, including Classic Farm Tractors: History of the Farm Tractor by Randy Leffingwell.
He is survived by his sister, Sydney Simpson and her husband, Joe of Galesburg.
Our love and gratitude to Diane and Diana and the staff of the Broadview Restaurant for all of their kindness and consideration this past year. Bob was loved by friends and family. They miss him already.
Graveside service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Alpha Cemetery. Msgr. Ernest Pizzamiglio will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista, CA 92083. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.