Stone Funeral Home, Inc.
Gary "Coz" Campbell
(August 25, 1957 - January 27, 2012)
Gary W. “Coz” Campbell, 54
Gary Campbell, known to most as “Coz”, died in the early morning hours of January 27, 2011 at his home in Bay Shore at the age of 54.
He was born on August 25, 1957 to Charles and Dorothy Jean (Warren) Campbell in Honolulu, Hawaii, where his father had been stationed in the military. Gary’s parents later moved to Petoskey where Gary grew up and attended school. He was a graduate of Petoskey High School, Class of 1975. For a time he served in the United States Navy, receiving an honorable discharge in 1976.
On October 15 1982 he married the love of his life Ruth Shearer in Petoskey.
He enjoyed sports of all types but his passion was slow pitch softball, a sport in which he excelled. For more than eighteen years he was employed with Mitchell Graphics as Maintenance Manager, for the last couple of years he worked as a Meat Cutter for Harbor IGA.
Gary is survived by his wife, Ruth and by their daughters, Naomi Mae Campbell and her former husband Jim Cantrell with whom Gary has remained close, Robin Catherine Campbell (Joe Russell) and Samantha Jean Campbell and her fiancé Jerry Krussell. His grandchildren include, Alyvia, James “J.D.”, Douglas, Trenton, Jacy, Zoey and Athena. Also surviving Gary are his parents, Charles and Dorothy as well as two aunts and one uncle.
Gary was an avid outdoorsman he loved nothing more than packing up the truck with Ruth and his girls and heading out to the woods, camping, hunting and fishing. His life was cut short by his sudden illness but he leaves Ruth, Naomi, Robin and Samantha and all of his grandchildren a lifetime of wonderful memories that they will cherish for the rest of their lives. He was a wonderful husband and a loving dad and grandpa and he will truly be missed.
A memorial service celebrating Gary’s life will be held on Friday, February 3, 2012 at Greensky United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. his family will receive friends at the church beginning at 10:a.m.until the time of service. Friends are also welcome to gather following the service at the Greensky Fellowship Hall for a luncheon immediately following the service. He will be interred in the spring within the cemetery at Greensky.
Flowers are welcome and those wishing to offer monetary tributes are asked to direct those donations to the family care of Ruth Campbell, 7535 Old U.S. 31, Petoskey MI 49770