Rual Fullmer Campbell, 83, of Idaho Falls passed away peacefully Friday, April 15, 2011, in Shelley. He was under the care of Hands of Hope Hospice.
He was born Nov. 17, 1927, in Tetonia to Anna Almedia Fullmer Campbell and Bryant Garr Campbell. He was the sixth of 11 children. His family moved from Providence, Utah, in 1900 to homestead the Tetonia dry farm.
He attended schools at Tetonia Elementary, Driggs Junior High and Driggs High. Rual loved sports, especially playing baseball. He began working at a very young age and was a hard worker and a devoted family man.
He proudly served in the U.S. Army with the T5 Amphibious Engineers. While serving, he developed a love for building ramps and operating heavy equipment for unloading heavy artillery.
He married Beverly Speas on April 11, 1953, in Elko, Nev., and had three children. They were later divorced. He married Vera Crawford on Sept. 23, 1966.
He worked for Don Aslett Construction and Burgraff Construction as a heavy equipment operator until he retired. He loved his work and built many roads and highways throughout the western states. After Rual retired, he enjoyed traveling to Arizona every winter with his wife Vera, camping, and fishing. After Rual lost his wife, he was thankful to have met Verla Hill and enjoyed her special care, friendship, and companionship.
Rual was an avid sports enthusiast and enjoyed watching football, basketball, and baseball. He particularly loved spending time with his family.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Dad, you never ceased to amaze us with your strength and courage as you faced the challenges and trials throughout this battle. You beat all odds and we will miss you so much. You truly will go in the record books as a legend and medical miracle. We love you, will always remember you, and have been so blessed with your life and great examples.
The family expresses their appreciation to The Gables Assisted Living of Shelley for their kind and loving care of Rual.
Rual is survived by son: B. Shane (Jane) Campbell of Portland, Ore.; daughter: Debra (Layne) Hammond of Blackfoot; son: Todd (Janet) Campbell of Mt. Morris, Mich.; special friend Verla Hill of Idaho Falls; sister: Ardell Smaellie of Tetonia; sister: Lorraine Phelps of Bountiful, Utah; sister: Luenna Orr of Salt Lake City, Utah; brother: Wendell Campbell of Driggs; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; five sisters: Olive, VaLoie, Edna, LaRie, Jarris; and one brother, Garr.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Wood Funeral Home (273 North Ridge Avenue) with a visitation from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to services.
Burial will be in Cache-Clawson Cemetery under the direction of the Wood Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.