Aug. 10, 1940-May 11, 2014

Gene Allen Campbell, age 73, of St. Helens, Oregon, passed away Sunday May 11, 2014, at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

Gene was born on August 10, 1940, in a farm home near Detroit, Michigan, to Wilbur and Verneta (Ross) Campbell.

The family moved to the state of Washington in 1944 where he grew up and attended schools.

Gene was a father to four beautiful daughters, Alberta, Tammy, Daphne and Gena Lynn; and grandfather to Johnny Campbell.

Gene loved the ocean and spent most of his adult life working on commercial fishing boats in Alaska. He also worked at slaughter plants and was a meat cutter.

He loved to hunt and fish.

His passion was growing a beautiful garden and then canning the vegetables from his garden. His kitchen shelves were lined with all kinds of home canned goods. He was always busy planning for next year’s garden.

Gene shared with others in a very unselfish way. He was always giving someone something he had canned.

He was a loving brother to eight sisters and one brother.

Gene is survived by his daughters, Daphne and Gena Lynn; sister, Neta Gilberts of Clayton, Wash., brother and sister-in-law, Hank and Eva Campbell of Kettle Falls, Wash.; sisters, Penny Peterson of St. Helens Ore., and Peggy Griffin of Spokane Wash.; sister and brother-in law, Mary and Bud Smith of Tensed, Idaho; sister and brother-in-law, June and Steve Sprenger of Elgin, N.D.; sister, Jane Campbell of Clayton Wash.; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughters, Alberta and Tammy; father and mother, Wilbur and Verneta Campbell; sister, Ruth Schmidt; sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Don Casterline; and brother-in-laws, Leslie Peterson and Henry Koch.

Inurnment will be at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Columbia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 503-397-1154.

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