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Ross Steve Campbell, Jr.

April 5, 1930 November 20, 2010
Ross Steve Campbell, Jr.
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Obituary for Ross Steve Campbell, Jr.

Ross Stevenson Campbell, Jr., also known to his friends and family as the �Chief� or �Captain�, died November 20, 2010, at Woodward Hills Nursing Center in Bloomfield Hills. He was 80 years old. Steve was born April 5, 1930, in Detroit, to Elizabeth (nee Albee) and Ross Stevenson Campbell. He moved to Franklin, MI. at the age of 11 and lived in the Birmingham � Bloomfield area his entire life. Steve graduated from the �old� Baldwin High School in Birmingham, Michigan in 1948.

Steve enrolled at Northwestern University in the fall of 1948. His tenure at Northwestern was put on hold in 1951 with his enlistment in the Air National Guard and his service with the USAF during the Korean War. He graduated from the Business School at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 1954. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.

Steve was an accomplished pianist who played �by ear� as anyone who had the pleasure of participating in one of his many impromptu �jams� at the old Detroit Boat Club piano bar, among other local �watering holes�, will attest.

As a business major at NU, Steve was set on returning to Birmingham and the �Campbell Village Store�, than located at 205 Pierce Street. Before he could make that transition, the store was sold to �Young�s of Birmingham�. Richard �Dick� Young would ultimately become Steve�s step-father subsequent to the passing of his father and his mother�s remarriage. The onset of Steve�s professional career found him at the Lincoln Mercury Division of Ford Motor Company. In 1956, he entered the land development business with the Thompson-Brown Co. Steve spent the bulk of his professional career as a commercial real estate broker serving as Chairman of the National Sales and Marketing Committee of the National Home Builders Association. He was the owner and President of R.S. Campbell Co. from 1980 until his retirement in 2000, most notably, providing work-out, construction management and marketing services to New York�s Chemical Bank in connection with high-rise residential developments in Palm Beach, FL and Richmond, VA.
Steve was an active member of the Detroit Boat Club for 35 years, serving both on its Board of Directors and as its President in 1973. He loved the water and his boat the �C Clan�. He was a founding member of the DBC informal �Doctors� Club.

Steve was active with Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, serving on the Board of Directors since 1993, most recently, as its Vice-Chairperson. In 2009, Steve was honored as a �Goodwill Ambassador� award winner.

Steve was a long-time member of Crystal Downs Country Club in Frankfort, Michigan. Family and friends have many fond memories of summer days and crisp autumn evenings at #7 Tanbark Lane.

Steve was a proud Scotsman who made numerous trips to Scotland wandering through churches and graveyards in search of family history.

Steve was the family �story teller� who could command the undivided attention of his seven grandchildren with classic Scottish tales. The Wee Wee Mannie and the Big Big Coo was a favorite.

In 2001, Steve was diagnosed with Parkinson�s. He cherished every day without complaint. He acquired a gentle demeanor, never surrendering his dignity to this debilitating disease.

Steve is survived by his dear wife of 57 years, Joyce, and daughters, Laurie (Paul) Walters, Heather (K.C.) Ryan, and Lynne Gillespie. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Julie, Stephen, Ross, Charlie, Kenny, Campbell, and Chandler and brother, David A. (Anne) Campbell.

Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Tuesday 4-8pm with a Service of Remembrance at 7pm. Committal Services will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Wednesday 9:30am.

Memorials may be made to Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, 3111 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48208.


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