Howard Campbell

howard campbell
A livestream of Howard's Memorial Service will be viewable below starting at 1:45 PM, Tuesday, April 5th, 2022.
Howard Campbell, 94, of Fargo ND passed away Friday February 18th at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. His family was at his bedside when he died. Howard was born April 5th,1927 in Rice Lake, WI to Orlie and Myrtle Campbell. He was the youngest of 4 children. Howard graduated from Chetek High School in 1944 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy for the final years of World War II and served from 1944-46. He attended Naval radio operators' school and served at several bases stateside. Howard married Beverly Mae Servis in 1950 at the Methodist Church in Pine City, MN. They made homes in Mason City, IA. Carroll, IA. Rockford, IL. Freeport, IL. and finally, Fargo, ND. Howard attended a popular broadcast school in Minneapolis after his enlistment was up. He worked at radio stations in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois before becoming a radio announcer for WDAY in Fargo in 1958. After several years on the radio side Howard moved into television. On the TV side he filled a variety of roles on air delivering news, weather and sports both on WDAY Fargo and a companion station in Grand Forks. Howard retired in 1992. He was a long-time member of the American Legion, The Elks, AmVets and the VFW. Howard loved baseball and was devoted to his favorite team the Chicago Cubs. That loyalty finally paid off when the Cubs won the World Series in 2016, the first for the Cubs in his lifetime. Howard was an avid bowler and enjoyed golf earlier in his life. He was a passable guitar and banjo player although he had not played those instruments for many years. His radio voice carried over into a fine singing voice although he chose not to pursue singing professionally.He had a lifelong passion for cards and most afternoons would find him at one of the local clubs playing cards, usually pinochle, and visiting with friends at the Elks and AmVets. He was a very good cribbage player and enjoyed playing with his children and several grandchildren who learned cribbage so they could play the game with him. He loved board games especially Scrabble and working word puzzles. One of his favorite shows was Wheel of Fortune. Howard was an avid and well-read reader, enjoying fiction and non-fiction alike. He was a regular at his branch of the Fargo Public Library and carried the knowledge he gained and became his own walking library. He loved music and had hundreds of CDs of many kinds of music. A favorite activity was a drive out to the country on a Sunday afternoon listening to one of the satellite music stations on the car radio. For over 25 years his weekdays began with walking and coffee with his dearest friends at Westacres Mall. After his retirement from WDAY in 1992 he continued his affiliation with past co-workers in an alumni luncheon group. Howard is survived by son Scott Campbell of Benton City, WA, Barb Buckmaster (spouse Mark Buckmaster) of Richland, WA, and Karen Price (spouse Roger Price) of Kennewick, WA. Grandchildren include Nicole Campbell of Hawaii, Ian, Bria and Cody Campbell of Washington, Kaylee Morris and Susan Price of Washington. He is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren. His brother Oliver’s widow Ellen Campbell of Stillwater MN survives him. He is survived by his beloved niece Patsy DeGroot nee Van Alstine(spouse Ray DeGroot) and their son Scott of Des Plaines, IL. Going before him were his parents Orlie and Myrtle Campbell, his sister Faye Van Alstine, and brothers Walter and Oliver Campbell. He was also preceded in death by sons Douglas and James Campbell. His former wife Beverly Campbell died in 1971. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to a local charity of your choice in the name of Howard O Campbell. A memorial service will be held on what would have been Howard’s 95th birthday April 5, 2022, at Boulger Funeral Home of Fargo

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  1. Howard was a prominent part of the 1960s-70s era at WDAY Radio and TV. We enjoyed seeing him during his regular attendance at our monthly WDAY-Z Alumni luncheons. He was a stalwart in our group even when his age moved him into the 90s. Always good to see Howard and hear the memories he shared with us. He will never be forgotten by those of us who knew and worked with him. And by countless listeners and viewers in the WDAY audience. God bless the memory of Howard Campbell!

  2. I would like to express my sympathies to the family. As a member of the AMVETs Howard was a part of this family. We will miss him a great deal. I enjoyed serving him coffee every day he walked through the door. He is a good example of why they are called the greatest generation. RIP Howard.

  3. I was blessed to bring Mr. Campbell’s his Meals On Wheels for quite some time. What a gentle and kind soul! I loved to see him. I remember seeing him when he was on television when I was a kid, so he was a celebrity to me. It was always so fun to see him.

    Blessings to his family, I am so sorry for your loss, he really was special.

  4. Howard was a good friend. We will miss him at our daily pinochle game at the Amvets. When a song came on the juke box, if it was older than 20 years, Howard could tell you who the singer was. May he rest in peace.

  5. Howie was a wonderful friend with a kind soul. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. For many years at WDAY-TV, he and I would “wrestle” for the crossword puzzle every morning; and he graciously let me drag down his/our bowling team with my uncanny ability to throw gutter balls. He was gentle, patient and dedicated to his many friends. Howie certainly earned his spot in Heaven.

  6. Thank you Howard, I will miss you. You were a good friend when we worked together many years ago. It was always fun to see how fast you could make it through the crossword in the morning or listen to your story and trivia.

  7. God bless from an old golf buddy. Playing bingo, Bango, bongo with Howie, Jerry and Greg. And then of course head over to the legion and play some cards. Sympathy to the family.

  8. Howard was one of my mall coffeemates and I met him at the mall about 25 years ago. We developed a great friendship along with a growing table of “friends” We didn’t leave until we answered the daily trivia question that was always tucked in his polo shirt pocket. When my grandchildren visited, they were anxious to get in on the trivia game too. Over the years I cherished the semi-annual visits from his daughters, son, granddaughters great-granddaughters, and extended family.
    I will miss the relationship we developed over the years and the discussions our table of friends had about politics, current events, sports, television shows, and weather. We celebrated birthdays with treats and birthday cards for the guest of honor. Everyone always enjoyed the cards Howard picked out as he had a knack for getting “the perfect” one that brought lots of laughter. Our coffee table will be so said without our dear, dear friend and he will be so missed. He was our patriarch!!! We’ll be telling Howard stories for a long time.

  9. Sorry about Howard played lots cards together been 15yrs last seen him now live in Garland.Tx

  10. We will miss our visits and get-to-gethers with Uncle Howard and his family and extended families. We are sure that he is already making friends, telling stories, trivia and playing cards with his new and final home. To his immediate family, we are holding you close in thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. We send our love to you all.
    Ray, Patsy and Scott De Groot

  11. Sharing in your sadness as you remember Howard. Howard Campbell was my mother’s cousin and when he would travel back to Chetek, WI for a visit or family event it was always enjoyable and a good time. My wife and I will make contributions to the Chetek Area Museum and the American Legion, Howard-Campbell-Ganske Post #179 of Chetek. The Chetek Museum contains a lot history about the Campbell families from the Chetek area. The American Legion Post of Chetek has the Campbell name in its title, in honor of Howard’s uncle who was killed in Soissons, France 1918 during the World War. Rest In Peace Howard

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