Where Food, Drinks & Stories Are Shared

Jack Campbell

August 27, 1944 - April 4, 2024
Kalamazoo, MI


Life Story Visitation

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT
Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes
Kalamazoo Location
6080 Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
(269) 375-2900

Food, Drinks and Stories will be shared.

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At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Centrica Care Navigators
7100 Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
(269) 345-0273
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First Congregational Church of Otsego
PO Box 227
Otsego, MI 49078
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Life Story / Obituary


Jack R. Campbell was born the 8th of 10 children to Winifred and Frank Campbell on August 27, 1944. He worked his way through high school and graduated in 1963 from Plainwell High. He married Karen Seekman in 1965.

Jack was a husband, father, and grandfather first and foremost. He was also a lifetime hard worker whose willingness to help others will long be remembered after his passing on April 4, 2024, at Rose Arbor after an illness.

Since the early 1960’s Jack spent his time working in various grocery stores from the role of butcher to sales. In the 1970’s to late 80’s Jack and his wife Karen owned and operated Brookside Market in Otsego. In his later years he worked as a contractor with VanDam and Krusinga.

Jack’s role as father to Russ and Sherry and later grandfather to his beloved grandchildren Kera, Jackson and Nicholas is what brought him the most joy and happiness. His love, humor, teasing and generous spirit to his family will be remembered by all.

Jack was a character. We have heard the stories of mischievous acts growing up, crazy stories of card games gone awry up north with friends, and the antics of physical activities spurred on by dares. Jack was the consummate handyman, there was never a job too big or too small he wouldn’t try! He built two of his homes. He had so many tools and the inventory kept growing. His favorite pastime was to roam the aisles in Menards and Lowes. He had enjoyed visiting with friends and family. He loved cold beer and grilled rare steaks. He looked forward to going out for breakfast with friends and family.

As his children, he taught us to have a strong work ethic. He was always available to lend a hand on any project we dreamt up! As for his grandchildren, they will miss his quick wit, sense of humor and tender heart. Having fun with Grandpa and sitting on the steps with him is a core memory of their childhood.

He leaves behind his wife Karen of 59 years, his son Russ (Kathy) Campbell and his daughter Sherry (Kevin) VanDam. The three adored grandchildren, Kera (Cody) Hagen, Jackson VanDam and Nicholas VanDam as well as his great grandson Campbell Hagen.

Please join us at a Life Story Visitation where food, drinks and stories will be shared on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 from 5 PM-7 PM at the Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900. Visit Jack’s webpage at BetzlerLifeStory.com to archive favorite memories, photos and sign his guestbook. Memorial contributions, In lieu of flowers, can be made to Centrica Care Navigators (Rose Arbor) or the Otsego Congregational Church.