July 26, 1964 - April 30, 2019
Waverly, New York
April 30, 2019
July 26, 1964
Monday, May 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Waverly United Methodist Church, 158 Chemung Street, Waverly, New York
Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 2 to 5 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, New York
Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly, New York
It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Troy David CampBell, USAF Major (Ret.) on April 30th, 2019.
Troy…also known by his flight call signs as “Hoss” or “Chumley”… was born on July 26, 1964 in Kendallville, Indiana, to Jerry Lee and Marsha Ann Henney CampBell. The oldest of four, he was predeceased by his mother Kristy Ann CampBell, and grandparents Gordon and Sue Henney, Cleo (Bud) and Maxine CampBell, and Kenneth and Myrtle Rhead.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Dawn Krumwiede CampBell, of Waverly; daughter Meaghann Michelle CampBell, and sons Trevor Scot and Tristan Ryan, all at home. He is also survived by his father Jerry Lee and wife Sande CampBell of Kendallville; his mother Marsha Ann Henney of Las Vegas, Nevada; sisters Traci Dee Hinton of Anderson, Indiana, and Nicol Mari Trout of Kendallville; and brother Jerry Lee II, also of Kendallville; his special aunt and uncle Susan and Larry Raffo of Burlingame, California, Uncle and Aunt Bob and Betty CampBell of Kendallville, Uncle and Aunt Sam and Carol CampBell of Kendallville, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Troy graduated from East Noble High School in Kendallville in 1982, and spent a year at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, before transferring to Indiana State University in Terre Haute, where he majored in aerospace technology, and joined Air Force ROTC. Troy earned his private pilot’s license during this time. Troy met Dawn while they were both students there, and they were married on August 2, 1986, in Chatsworth, Illinois, after both had graduated from ISU, and Troy was commissioned into the United States Air Force.
Troy and Dawn arrived in Del Rio, Texas, in November of 1986, where Troy attended undergraduate pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base as a 2nd Lieutenant, flying a T-37 trainer. That was followed up by an assignment to Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, California, for undergraduate navigator school.
In July of 1988, Troy and Dawn moved to Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, where Troy received training in the F-111 bomber, and the rank of 1st Lieutenant. The pair was on the move again in early 1989, when they arrived at Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with Troy once again flying the F-111.
In 1990 Troy and Dawn headed across the pond for a six year tour at RAF Lakenheath in England, where Meaghann was born in 1995. Troy served Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990-91, flying 30 combat missions in the F-11F, while based in Taif, Saudi Arabia. While at Lakenheath in 1992, Troy transitioned into the F-15E jet, and participated in Operation Deny Flight over Iraq and Operation Provide Comfort over Bosnia. He pinned on his Captain’s rank during this time.
In 1996, the trio were sent to Eglin AFB near Fort Walton Beach, Florida, where Troy stepped out of the cockpit for a couple of years. Trevor was born while the family lived in the Sunshine State, and Troy was promoted to the rank of Major.
In 1998, the family of four relocated to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina, where Troy once again flew missions in the F-15E. During 9-11, Troy took his turn protecting the skies above Washington, D.C. Troy flew for the final time in the F-15E in December of 2001, before the family headed to a new adventure at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, where Troy did a stint as a liaison officer with the United States Army.
In 2004, the family headed back overseas to Wiesbaden, Germany, where Troy continued his liaison duties with the Army. Troy retired from active duty in August of 2006 while in Germany.
In 2007, the family once again moved to England, where Troy took a job with the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), a part of the United States Federal Government. Troy worked at Rolls Royce in Bristol, assisting on both the Presidential Helicopter and F-135 programs while there. Tristan was born during this time.
In 2009, the family of five moved back home to the States, and settled in Waverly, New York. Troy took up his new position as Supervisor of Quality Assurance for DCMA, based at Lockheed Martin in Owego.
Troy wasted no time immersing himself in the Waverly community. During his ten years in the valley, he held a variety of important positions at the Waverly United Methodist Church. He served on the Village of Waverly water board, and on the tax grievance board. He was a fixture at the Valley Bowling Center, most currently serving as President on the USBC-SAW Valley Board of Directors and bowling on Tuesday nights. But Troy may be best well known for his role as Waverly Little League President, a position he has held since 2012. During his tenure, he spent countless hours strengthening the program and improving the grounds, his goal always to provide the best experience possible for the kids who participated.
Troy loved bowling…learning the game as a child under the tutelage of his Grandpa Bud…and bowled in at least one league everywhere he put down roots. He was the 1993 USAFE(United States Air Forces in Europe) Bowling Men’s Singles Champion. He was a loyal Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Chicago Cubs fan, exulting in the Cubs’ 2016 World Series win.
Troy was a great husband, father, son, and brother…and has countless friends scattered across the United States and overseas…all of whom mourn his passing.
The family will receive friends and family on Sunday, May 5th at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street in Waverly, New York, from 2-5 PM. Funeral Services are slated for Monday, May 6th at 10AM at the Waverly United Methodist Church, 158 Chemung Street, Waverly. Interment will follow in Glenwood Cemetery in Waverly.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be addressed to the Waverly Little League organization, or to the Waverly United Methodist Church.
A memorial service is also planned in Kendallville, Indiana, in the upcoming weeks.
Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Troy’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com
From: Jeff & Donna de Wildt-Olden
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you, Dawn, and to your children, Meaghann, Trevor, and your blossoming Little League Pitcher, Tristan. And to Troy's father, and his sister, words cannot express adequately how deeply Troy's caring nature affected the lives of so many.
Early this morning, a second lily was placed in the mighty Atlantic off New Hampshire's coast as a symbol of Troy's soul being carried by the Fairwinds out to sea. Its petals being lifted by the breezes into the air to be caught by heaven's doves and flown to into the starry sky. A reflection of a life well lived.
Rest well, Troy. The Watch is ours now.
Your long time friends.....
Captain Jeffrey and Captain Donna de Wildt-Olden
From: Roxanne Stevens Testen
my sincere condolences, I had no idea that he was unwell. A wonderful dad and husband who always had a smile. Love to all of you.
From: Tom & Julie Marchese
Our sincerest Condolences. Was a wonderful person and a huge asset to our community. Rest in Peace.
From: Bob & Kerry Mason
We are heartbroken. So many wonderful, wonderful memories of family times together, and visits to Myrtle Beach. We are so sorry that we will not be able to be at the funeral, but please know that you are all in our prayers. We send our love and pray for God's comforting peace to surround you all.
From: Lisa Beek
My deepest sympathies to the Campbell family. Although I never knew Troy I had the honor of meeting him briefly. He made me laugh with his witty humor and his family is amazing. It was an honor to give him care. Rest in peace, Troy! Youre an angel
From: Chris Brewster
Dawn, so sorry for your loss. Troy always had a smile and hearty handshake whenever I saw him and was a true gentleman, something there are too few of in this world. He will be sorely missed.
From: David Cannavino
Some of the finest tributes are found in the Gospels.
Joseph, the spouse of Mary and foster-father of Jesus, is called a just, or righteous man. (Matthew 1)
Jesus speaks of Nathaniel "Behold an Israelite, in whom there is no deceit." (John 1:47)
Also, "Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in a few things, I will set you over many. Enter into the joy of the Lord." (Matthew 25: 21 and 23)
I remember the warm greeting we received from Troy when Cornelia and I chose to attend WUMC. Getting to know Troy showed me what a good and faithful servant means. A man who’s shoes would be hard to fill. Troy was a just and righteous man. He had no deceit. He was a Christian minded, community minded, family minded man and will be missed by many. If any of us need an example of how we can help our fellow man, look to what Troy has accomplished. May he rest now with Jesus and may his family be comforted in knowing how much Troy helped his fellow man. To me, Troy was a man of few words and reminds me of a country church sign that said, “Well done is better than well said!” Well done, Troy!
From: Rachael Lasco
I knew Troy mostly through our work at United Methodist Church for many years. He was kind, loving, and accepting of everyone he encountered. Troy was an outstanding member of our community and touched so many lives. May his legacy live on and never be forgotten. He was a living example of how God wants us to live be and treat each other. God bless and hold his family close in this sad time. I pray for healing and celebration of his life. My deepest sympathies to all who loved him.
From: Karen Davis
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
From: Karol Moore
I'm very sorry to hear of Troy's passing. Sending my prayers to you Dawn, and your family. Life is so unpredictable. Take care of your selves. Troy will be greatly missed by many. Sincerely, Karol
From: Nancy Frey
May the lord left you up and hold you in the palm of his hand. So sorry to hear of Troy's passing. He will be greatly missed. Praying for your family.
From: Rick kelley
Iam so sorry for your loss. Troy was a great man and a good friend. I enjoyed working with him over the years in little league. His love of family god and country were very evident whenever speaking to him. I will miss him . My thoughts and prayers are with dawn and the children. May god hold you all close during this tough time. God bless.
From: Mike Guilford, Valley Color Guard Chaplain
Saying goodbye to someone we love is heartbreaking. May you find comfort in all the special memories shared with Troy. May your family find comfort in my favorite poem, HIGH FLIGHT, by John G. Magee, Jr. Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, --and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of --Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air...
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew --
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
From: Gerry Dunn
Dawn and family,
I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend Troy. He fought a valiant fight. My condolences and prayers to you all.
From: Kevin Parris
I considered it a privilege to work with and for Troy. He was great leader and mentor. I am also glad to have gotten to know him personally and cherish the times we would share our military stories and talk about our families.
Our sincerest condolences to his entire family.
Fly high Troy, until Valhalla brother.
From: Mark Cote
I worked with Troy for only a few years but he left a lasting impression on me. He welcomed me into his DCMA family and I will miss his affable nature and easy-going manner. He was a big man with an even bigger heart. I will think of him often
From: Lois Lane, Co-Worker
My sincere condolences to the CampBell Family. Wishing you strength and peace during this difficult time.
It is with deepest sympathy to hear of your loss. May god help everyone get through this difficult time. He has touched so many lives and will always be remembered.
From: Megan Pryor, Co-Worker
My heartfelt sympathy, thoughts and prayers to all of you during this difficult time. It was an absolute pleasure working with Troy and he will be greatly missed. I never got to meet him in person (my office is located in CT), however, he was tremendous to work with and left a great impression.
From: Kevin and Mary McCarty
We will always remember the kindnesses and hospitality Troy extended to us while living in Bristol, England. We have many happy memories of meals and fellowship at the Campbell home in the UK. Both families are back in the US now, but separated by distance. It is apparent he continued his service, friendliness and hospitality in Wavery. Dawn, you and your family are in our prayers. And we can take comfort in knowing Troy is with our Lord and pain free.
From: Mark Sullivan
My Sympathy and prayers go out to the Campbell family during this time. I have fawn memory's of Troy when I worked at DCMA Owego. He always made time to help me during and after I transferred from Owego. I will always cherish the jokes, stories and friendship. Rest in piece dear friend, God bless.
From: June Satterly
Troy will be greatly missed by all who knew him or whose life he touched. My deepest condolences to the family.
From: Gale Larson
My deepest sympathies, thoughts, and prayers to you on the loss of Troy. It was a honor and privilege serving with Troy and you in the 492nd back in the day.
Sincerely, Gale Larson
From a dear friend to a dear friend sleep well till I see soon I loved you like a brother and always will
From: VFW Post 1536
Please accept our deepest sympathy.
From: Don & Sara Taylor
We're so sorry for your loss.
I knew Troy from the church were he and my father were ushers. I can't count the number of times that dad introduced me to him. That was more about my dad wanting to say that he was "the real Don Taylor," than Troy or I not remembering each others names.
Don & Sara Taylor
From: Jeremy Gallaro
I am so sorry for your loss, Troy was a great man and will be greatly missed.
From: Betty Bump
Dawn and kids - I'm saddened to read of Troy's passing. Know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Loved knowing Troy, not only from working at Lockheed but when we were members of the Waverly Methodist Church. He was an awesome guy giving 110% in everything he did!
You were taken to soon, your work here was not done.
We will miss you. Rest in Peace my SON.
From: Kevin and Priscilla Rasmussen
Dear Dawn, Meaghann, Trevor, Tristan, & Troy's Father: We were so saddened to learn of Troy's passing. He was a great Air Force Officer and flew so many important missions for our nation in the defense of freedom. But more importantly he flew well in life as your husband, father, son, and community leader. We will forever treasure the times we shared with your family in New Hampshire and England. Troy, we take comfort you are now flying with the angels.