Eugene "Gene" Edward Campbell

Born: Wed., Aug. 17, 1932
Died: Mon., Apr. 8, 2013


9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Sat., Apr. 20, 2013
Location: Autumn Ridge Church

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Sat., Apr. 20, 2013
Location: Autumn Ridge Church

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Funeral services for Eugene “Gene” E. Campbell, 80, of Spring Park, MN (formerly of Rochester, MN) will be at 10:30am on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Rd SW, Rochester, with the Rev. Dan Farm officiating.  Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park in Minneapolis, MN.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

Eugene Edward Campbell was born on August 17, 1932 in Minneapolis, MN to Wallace and Eva (Moffatt) Campbell.  He died on April 8, 2013 at Lake Minnetonka Shores in Spring Park, MN.

Gene graduated from the University of Minnesota and played hockey there for 3 years.  He married Barbara Ware on June 25, 1955 in Minneapolis, MN and went on to play hockey in the 1956 Olympics.
In 1960 they moved to Rochester where Gene worked in administration in health care and later worked for Carlson Companies.  Gene was a long-time member of Autumn Ridge Church and was the hockey coach at Lourdes High School from 1982-1996.

Survivors include his son, Daniel W. Campbell of Magnolia, TX; grandchildren, Nathan and Luke Campbell and Tatum and Ellie Larsen and 1 sister, Jeanette (Ralph) Pugh of Maple Lake, MN.  He was preceded in death by his parents, spouse, Barbara and 2 daughters, Nancy and Kristin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Gene Campbell Scholarship at Lourdes High School.

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Linnea Aaland
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
Hello Dan,
You and your family have my heartfelt sympathy on the death of your father, Gene. He was a great guy!

Kathy and Dick Dale
   Posted Sat April 13, 2013
Gene was our son's hockey coach during his high school years. He taught the boys more than hockey. He helped them to develop into young men with a great set of values. We offer our sincere condolences.

Fred Siekert
   Posted Mon April 15, 2013
Dear Dan,
I was very sad to read about your dad's death. I am sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your dad coaching our VFW and All-City teams back in the day. He was always helpful, kind, sensitive, and took an interest in all of us both as players and as young boys. Off the rink he was polite and a true gentleman -- a natty dresser too! His long camel-hair overcoat at our games is etched in my memory. It is unlikely my wife Glenna and I will be able to attend the service, but please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Joyce Larson Beahen
   Posted Tue April 16, 2013
I graduated with your Dad from South High in 1950. Such fond memories of all the time "our gang" spent with each other. He was such a special friend and GREAT hockey player. Just last year we helped celebrate his 80th birthday party in Spring Park. My deepest sympathy to all the family.You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Joyce Beahen

Andy Sorensen
   Posted Thu April 18, 2013
I played under your dad for the Rochester Raiders from 2002-2008 as a right wing. He taught me a lot about hockey, especially about his time with the Olympic Team and in my later years he often entrusted me with asking my opinion on everything from tactics to line pairings. That meant a lot to me, given that a man with his hockey resume was turning to me for my opinion! It was a great honor playing for him, and my thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this time.

Don Week
   Posted Sat April 20, 2013
I was sad to hear the news from my mom the other day of Gene passing. Many former athletes can look back at their playing days and say they were lucky to have had good coaches, parents, and friends along the way. I have always thought that about Gene Campbell, who was my bantam coach for two seasons in the early 80's, and had a very positive impact on my hockey development, and in growing up. I have many great memories of his enthusiasm, competitiveness, and kindness as a coach, and then later as a friend when I started coaching myself. I remember his energy on the ice our first day of bantam tryouts, and I remember the last bantam game we played for him, and his class and dignity. As well as many other great memories in between during those two seasons - including his blue blazer and tie for games, his gentle yet firm demeanor, and that great laugh. This was during the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team's gold medal victory, which opened our eyes that our coach had a silver medal of his own from the '56 Olympics. He stressed all the values of teamwork and respect, and provided us with a very positive example to follow. Gene nominated me for a summer developmental camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs - a great honor, and an unforgettable experience for a young kid. I attribute a great deal of my success the season before not to my talent, but to Gene's belief in me as a player, which instilled confidence in myself to perform at a high level. Most of our group went on to play high school hockey at JM and Mayo and, ironically, two years later, his Lourdes team almost defeated our JM team in the opening round of the playoffs - something which would have been an historic upset at the time in Rochester. Years after that, when I started coaching, Gene and I would often see each other in between ice times at the rink and talk about our teams - something I always appreciated as a young coach. I think I speak for a lot of former players who feel fortunate, and are proud to say, they had the opportunity to play for him while growing up. He will always be "Mr. Campbell" to me, and was, in his own words, "Major League" all the way. My condolences to his family and friends...

Don Week

Tim Kelley
   Posted Sat April 20, 2013

Very sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. He was a great guy and a true "Giver". When I looked at some of the pictures posted online I remembered that your Dad had coached my nephew Nick Kelley when he was in High School and played Floor Hockey and how your Dad had such a great way with all the kids.

All the best to you and your Family.

Tim Kelley

Jeff Korsmo
   Posted Tue April 23, 2013
Gene was a gentleman and a fine teacher and coach. I remember his presence in hockey schools when I was playing, and really enjoyed watching him coach in his years at Lourdes. My brother Jim thought the world of Gene as a coach and mentor. He lived a very good life, and there are many, many people whose lives were positively impacted by Gene's good work. A heartfelt thank you to Gene and his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you on the loss of this wonderful man.