Earl Dean Campbell

Earl Dean Campbell, 87, left this world to join his parents and God in heaven, on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. He was born Feb. 6, 1930 to Earl Campbell and Katherine Callen of Parsons, Kansas.

Dean is survived by his wife Wilma; their three children, Kathy, Jim (and wife Connie), Steve (and wife Le-Thu); and two grandchildren, Sydney and Jordan.

Dean and Wilma were married on March 30, 1957 in Parsons, KS. They relocated to Leavenworth with Hallmark Cards in 1958. Dean and Wilma decided to go into business for themselves and opened the first coin-operated laundromat in Leavenworth in 1959. Realizing that was likely not their path to wealth and prosperity, they sold the business and Dean went to work at the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing in 1961. Dean was a loving and devoted family man who often worked two or three jobs in support of his wife and kids. His part-time jobs over the years included positions at Kroger’s grocery, Layton’s Gas Station, and Manufacturers State Bank. After 27 years at the State Prison, Dean retired from there and went to work full-time at Manufacturers, later, Commerce Bank. He retired from the bank in 1998.

Dean served his country in the army from 1948 – 1952. He later was a Mason in the Leavenworth community. Dean enjoyed old country music, going for ‘rides’ in the car, and occasionally picking on one of his mandolins. He also loved fried chicken but his greatest joy was watching his kids and grandkids grow up. He had an unparalleled sense of humor and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Special thanks to the staff at Tonganoxie Nursing Home.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at First United Methodist Church. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial with military honors will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials are sent to the First United Methodist Church or Meals on Wheels care of the Leavenworth County Council on Aging.