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Richard Campion

Feb. 28, 1933-July 2, 2009

Richard J. Campion, 76, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, July 2, 2009 at his home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Richard J. Campion was born to Henry and Josephine (O'Sullivan) Campion on Feb. 28, 1933 in St. Paul. He moved with his family to Detroit Lakes in 1941. He attended Holy Rosary School and was a 1951 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School. He also graduated from St. Thomas College in St. Paul in 1955. He later served with the U.S. Navy. Following his discharge, he moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he worked for Collins Radio Company.

Dick married Sylvia Howes on June 15, 1963 in Independence, Iowa. They lived in Cedar Rapids until moving to Detroit Lakes in 1965. After the move, Dick became a partner in the L.J. Norby Company. In 1986, he became a licensed stock agent and became a stock broker and property manager for Lakeland Federal Savings and Loan in Detroit Lakes. He later became the development director for Holy Rosary Parish in Detroit Lakes.

Dick enjoyed coffee at the Main Street Restaurant, reading the newspaper, especially the Wall Street Journal, and being involved in community organizations. He served as chairman of the St. Mary's Hospital Board, president of United Way, president of the Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce, president of the Detroit Lakes Industrial Development Commission and grand knight of the Holy Rosary Knights of Columbus.

Surviving Dick are his wife Sylvia, of Detroit Lakes; a daughter, Elizabeth (George) Francois of Minneapolis; sons Tom (Kari) Campion of Brainerd and John (Kristin) Campion of Marshall, Minn.; nine grandchildren; and a brother, Joseph (Ruth) Campion of Mendota Heights, Minn.

Preceding him in death were a daughter, Mary Kathleen; his parents; and a sister, Mary Lou Norby.

A mass of Christian burial was held Monday, July 6 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes. The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes has been assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Richard may be shared online at

Memorials are preferred sent to Holy Rosary School or Hospice of the Red River Valley.