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Robert Beaven Campbell

December 1, 1957 — March 13, 2024

Obituary For Robert Beaven Campbell

Robert “Bob” Beaven Campbell, 66, a beloved resident of Sedalia, peacefully passed away at his cherished home on Wednesday, March 13, 2024. He was born on December 1, 1957, in Sedalia, to the late Albert James Campbell, MD. and Janet (Beaven) Campbell.

Bob found profound joy in marrying the love of his life, Stormy L. Smith, on December 1, 2020, in Sedalia, MO.

Survived by his devoted wife, Bob leaves behind a legacy of love and kindness that touched many lives. He is also survived by his stepchildren, Wendy Willis (Oscar Willis), Landen Smith (Emily Fowler), Everett Smith, Bruce Smith, and Skyler Smith; his siblings, Elizabeth Estill Campbell, MD, of Raleigh, NC, and Albert James Campbell, MD, of Columbus, Ohio, his brother-in-law, Mark F. Lefebvre, Ph.D., his niece and nephew, Aiden Elizabeth Lefebvre and Avery James Campbell, and A.J. Campbell’s life partner, Lisa Buckley. Bob also leaves behind numerous lifelong friends, newer acquaintances, and strangers whose lives he brightened with his generosity and warmth.

Funeral services to celebrate Bob’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 18, 2024, at Rea Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Chad McMullin officiating. One hour prior to the service, the family will welcome friends for visitation at the chapel.

Bob will be laid to rest at Crown Hill Cemetery in Sedalia, MO.

Bob’s altruistic nature was evident in his daily actions. He often extended kindness by paying for a stranger’s meal or by treating his family and friends. Gift-giving was his love language, and he was truly blessed with a heart eager to share. His love for animals was profound, evident in the care and attention he showered upon his four-legged companions and his advocacy for animal welfare causes.

Having attended Horace Mann grade school and graduated from Smith-Cotton High School in 1976, Bob pursued various career paths, including roles at Missouri Pacific Railroads, Boeing (Wichita, KS), and the City of Sedalia before retiring due to orthopedic injuries. Post-retirement, he resided on East 28th, a piece of land once owned by his grandparents. Bob transformed this space into a reflection of his personality, meticulously tending to the landscape and creating a welcoming environment for friends and family to enjoy.

Bob found solace in nature, particularly at the Lake of the Ozarks, and delighted in dining at J B Hooks. He had a passion for collecting unique rocks and vintage tools, a testament to his appreciation for the simple pleasures of life.

An avid fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and old Western movies, Bob cherished moments spent with Stormy and his friends. Despite his occasional rowdiness, Bob reveled in the tranquility of rural living, fiercely protecting the wildlife on his property while nurturing a deep respect for the natural world.

The family expresses their gratitude to the Pettis County Rapid Response Team for their assistance during Bob’s final moments. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sedalia Animal Shelter, a cause dear to Bob’s heart, through Rea Funeral Chapel.

Pallbearers will be chosen from among Bob’s closest friends and family, who will carry him to his final resting place with love and reverence.

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