MICHAEL RAY "MIKE" CAMPBELL, 61, passed away July 2,
2014, surrounded by his family after losing his battle
with cancer in Laredo, TX.
Mike graduated from Ranger High School in the Class of
1971 at Ranger, TX. He was a Jr. Golden Gloves Boxer
and an All State Catcher at Ranger High School. He was
also offered a scholarship to play with the Padres. Mike
ran a shrimp boat in Aransas Pass, TX where he gained
many life experiences and charisma no one could deny.
Then he moved to Laredo to begin his career in auto
mechanics where he worked at Jim William’s Honda, then
moved to San Antonio to work at Benson Honda Mazda and
Gillman Honda as an auto mechanic. After moving back to
Laredo he worked again with Jim Williams Honda as a Parts
& Service Manager where Mike got many awards & certificates
for all the trainings he went to and several articles in
the paper, he was very humbled by all these experiences.
When the Honda dealership was sold, he went to work for
Price Construction as a road mechanic; and was also a
boat mechanic at Laredo Boat Shop by Lake Casa Blanca.
Mike started his own auto shop next to their home and
later relocated his shop to Mines Rd. Mike worked with
A-1 Warehouse. He was a jack-of-all-trades, whatever
you needed, whenever you needed it, he was there and he
got it done.
After several illnesses and surgery’s, Mike spent time
visiting his dad and doing volunteer work with his sons
Pop Warner Team, Laredo Hornfrogs, as their Equipment
Manager. He and his wife Marilyn started a T-Ball team,
The Padres, where he coached his grandkids. He also
volunteered from 2002-2012 with the Laredo Youth Hockey
teams, Laredo Spikes which later became The Laredo Jr.
Mike had a one of a kind way of showing his compassion
usually in the lines of “DAMN IT MARILYN” or “IT’S ABOUT
TIME SOMEBODY CLEANED”. This may sound like someone
picking a fight but if you knew Mike, you knew he was
just showing his love. Mike found his last love Marilyn
in 1981, she became his someone to argue with, to love
and to make sure their lives were never boring.
He is preceded in death by his parents Morris A. (RHS-
1943) and Mary F. Ohr (RHS-1944) Campbell, his son
Michael Heath Campbell, and twin brother Patrick J.
At the time of his death, he was survived by his wife
Marilyn S. Novy Campbell, daughters Stacey Acevedo (Jose
“Pollo”) Rodriguez, Dana (Justin) Silva of Laredo, TX,
Michelle (Josh) Nolte of Gordon, TX, Charna (John) Jetton
of Pleasanton, TX, Amy (Pete) Bowman of Calallen, and
his son Cpl. Michael B. (Virginia) Campbell (USMC) of
He is also survived by his grandchildren Alejandra R.,
Melody A., Jadin M. Rodriguez, and Exavier I. Juarez
of Laredo. John, Michael, and Brittany Cherry, and Josh
Nolte II of Gordon, Darian G., Colton H. Mann, Garrett
L. Allen of Pleasanton, Sean Lahmayer, Aaron Campbell,
and Katelyn Koehler of Calallen.
He is also survived by his brothers and their children,
James (Donna) Campbell (RHS-1981), Patrick C. Campbell
and T.J. Warren of Fort Worth, TX, Brian L. (Amanda),
Taylor, and Bailey Campbell of Salado, TX. Step-
brother Marty W. (Debbie) Bingham and grandkids Haylee
Tatum, Keithlyn, and Kynzee Bingham. Dale Bingham and
children Beverly A. and Doyle Bingham of Paradise, TX.
He is also survived by his step-mom Peggy (Randy) Fix
of Idaho, sister-in-law Jay (Thomas) Adkins, and son
Christopher of Sonora, TX.