Campbell, A.J. 'Jack' (June 1, 1923 - August 2, 2003)
A.J. 'Jack' Campbell
Douglas Budget - August 6, 2003Funeral services for A.J. "Jack" Campbell, 80, will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 8 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 711 S Main St. in Grove, Okla. Visitation with the family will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Worley Funeral Home in Grove.
A memorial service will also be held in Douglas at 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at Washington Park. Refreshments will follow at the American Legion.
Mr. Campbell, a wonderful husband and father and a great friend, passed away Aug. 2, 2003, at the Veteran's Hospital in Fayetteville, Ark., from a gallstone infection followed by surgery and then a heart attack.
He was a cowboy clear through--a calf-roper, rancher, horse buyer and auctioneer, one of the founders of the Paint Horse Association, a paint horse breeder and a showman. He was a top horseman in every sense of the word.
At the time of his death, he lived with his wife Judy on a horse and cattle ranch near Jay, Okla. Before that, the Campbells lived in Douglas for many years.
Jack and his "Jude" were married June 11, 1983, at Jackson Hole. This wonderful man will be sorely missed by his family and his many, many friends.
Mr. Campbell was born June 1, 1923, to Andy Campbell and Lillian Laughery Campbell. He married Mary McCoy, who preceded him in death.
At the age of 14, he was the youngest auctioneer and at 80 the oldest auctioneer still selling on the circuit. At the time of his death, he was booked for an auction in Thermopolis which he had called for the past 20 years.
At the tender age of 80, Mr. Campbell still traveled all over the country selling at horse auctions. It was not unusual for him to travel 30,000 miles a year and sell for 20 or more auctions, even after his retirement to the Campbells' ranch near Jay. He often said he had moved to "God's Country" because of the easy winters and lush beauty.
Mr. Campbell was one of the founders of the Paint Horse Breeder's Association. He had just arranged a meeting in Kansas City for the production of a new book for the Paint Horse Association. The Campbells have sold a number of paint horses overseas as well as all over the United States.
He was also a veteran of World War II and one of the last survivors of the U.S. Calvary. He trained horses and mules at Ft. Robinson, Neb., for the military police during the war. He was very proud of this service.
Mr. Campbell is survived by his wife Judy of Jay; children Mike Campbell of Kalispell, Mont., Kathy and husband Cal Twiford of Wright, Kash Beauchamp of Bangor, Maine, Tim Beauchamp of Tulsa, Okla., and Ann Renee and husband Rich DePietri of Maryland; grandchildren T.J., Cami, Duke and Shawn Campbell and Michele Stack; and great-grandchildren, A.J. and Ty Hageman, Kyle, Kaleigh and Kobe Beauchamp, Rachael DePietri and T.J. and Jennifer Campbell.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Mary McCoy; his parents; and brother, John Campbell of Greeley, Colo.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Paint Horse Association's Junior Scholarship, P.O. Box 961023, Ft. Worth, Texas, 76161-0023.
The Campbells' mailing address is HCR-63, Box 166, Jay, Okla., 74346.