Jeffrey Robert Campbell

September 1965 – February 2013

Jeffrey Robert Campbell Jeff entered this life September 14, 1965, born in Misawa, Japan to Mary Jeanette Cook, nee Erdman and Loren “Leaf” Wanless. He graduated from Glade Valley High School, N. Carolina in 1983 and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1984, serving in “B” Company, 3rd Recon Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. He was proud of his service and the friends he served alongside in challenging circumstances. He earned a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Colorado in 1992, graduating cum laude and serving as president of the Business School student organization. He also attended Colorado’s program at the London School of Economics. He embraced the active outdoor Colorado lifestyle with typical Jeff gusto, sharing the adventures with treasured friends. In 2010 Jeff entered the Teen Challenge program in Turlock, CA and found the source of strength he needed in Jesus Christ and was baptized into his new transforming life. He embraced an eternal life January 31, 2013 when Our Lord graciously took him home. He rests in the loving embrace of God and all the saints, ready to welcome his beloved family and friends. Jeff is part of a devoted family, who cherished and loved him. All who knew Jeff responded to his amazing and intense love. Preceding him in death are his beloved dad Ed Cook, grandparents Fritz and Lillias Erdman, Emery and Roberta Wanless, and Edith Cook.

Surviving are his cherished, faithful mother Mary Jeanette Cook; father Loren Wanless (Angi); siblings Jeanette Emanuelson (Mark), Kirk Wanless (Jennifer), Katy MacGregor, Karin Wanless, Jeff Cook (Sharon), and Amy Cook Case; beloved Uncle Jim and Aunt Marilyn Erdman; cousins Alysa Meyer (Rob), Lori Carlson (Steve), Kim Gallagher (Pat), and their eight children. He is Super Uncle Jeff to fourteen nephews and nieces. Any who wish may contribute to a memorial fund at Teen Challenge, P.O. Box 611, Turlock, CA 95381.

Memo Jeff Campbell. The following is Jeff’s Story printed in the December 2010 Teen Challenge Newsletter. My name is Jeff Campbell. My whole life I have been searching for something. Not knowing what I was looking for led me down many roads: some positive, some negative. After 25 years of drug and alcohol abuse, I was done looking for answers. My life was completely consumed with finding my next fix. Jails, rehabs, and hospitals had become regular stops on my journey. In December 2009, I asked God for help, and His answer was Teen Challenge. I have been set free from heroin addiction and a self-centered lifestyle. Jesus Christ has given me what I have been looking for my entire life: peace, joy, and a reason for living. “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 NIV

Memorial service on Sat., 2/9/2013 at 2:00 pm at Turlock Covenant Church


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