Obituary for Sterling Matthew Campbell Jr.
Sterling M. Campbell, died at home in Woodland Park on March 4, 2018. Campbell lived a good and varied life and was a born again Christian having accepted Christ as Savior and Lord while a member of First Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1960. Campbell was born in Buffalo, New York, February 17, 1926.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor, in August 2015.
Campbell retired from the City of Colorado Springs Public Affairs Office in 1987. His sixteen years there began in 1973 when he was appointed to the newly created post of Assistant to the City Manager for Public Affairs. During that period he worked for the Citv Council and all city-departments as an advisor for public relations.
Prior to service with the City, Campbell was employed with the U.S. Air Force Aerospace Defense Command as director of radio and television services. He produced and narrated a live minute film that featured ADC activities all over the world and was distributed to TV stations in the US.
He also was responsible for documentary films and television features about the Command. Projects required him traveling to Thailand during the Vietnam War and to all the major ADC bases in the CONUS and overseas for features concerning ADC forces.
Before his Air Force work, Campbell was a local TV and radio personality at KKTV, Channel 11. His first radio job in Colorado was as a disc jockey and news caster at KSSS in the original Antlers Hotel in 1959. He also did brief sums in radio at KYSN in Colorado Springs and KLZ in Denver.
Campbell began his career in radio at KGAR, garden City, KS in 1948 after graduating from the Pathfinder School of Broadcasting in Kansas City, Missouri. He left Kansas to return to his home town of Buffalo and soon found announcing work at WWOL, a multi-language independent station. After being fired for helping start a union, Campbell traveled to Illinois to begin an education in journalism at the University of Illinois at Champaign. He also found commercial radio work at WKID and WDWS during his college years.
At WILL, the University of Illinois radio station where he served as chief announcer, he met Anne Kuehn. She wrote and acted in the radio production, “Stories and Stuff’, a children’s program. They were married in January of 1954. The couple soon moved to Chicago where Campbell worked briefly for Edwards and Deutch Lithography with his friend Dean Milburn from Kansas days.
First daughter Kimberly was born there prior to a move to Flint, MI where his broadcasting career was renewed. Scott Campbell was born in Flint and when he was a year old the family finally settled in Colorado Springs in 1959 where Kristyn, Joel, and James were born.
Campbell was a veteran of WWII from 1944-1946 and served as a radio operator-gunner on B-17 and B-24 Aircraft.
Services will be held Saturday, March 10, 2017, 2:00 PM, at Little Chapel of the Hills, 69 Co Rd 5, Divide, CO 80814.
I lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Little Chapel of the Hills, Divide, Colorado or Pikes Peak Hospice.