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Ralph Joseph 'Joe' Campbell


October 8, 2020

Ralph Joseph 'Joe' Campbell

Longtime rancher, Ralph Joseph "Joe" Campbell, 87, passed away at the family ranch on Upper Owl Creek, September 27, 2020. 

The son of Ralph and Hazel (Sneider) Campbell, he was born May 16, 1933, in Thermopolis, Wyo. He graduated from HSC High School. He received a degree in Animal Production from the University of Wyoming. During college he joined the Wyoming National Guard. 

While serving in the US Army based at Fort Knox, he met a Department of Army civilian worker Barbara Jean Alvey. On June 7, 1958, they were married at Pritchard Place Chapel in Fort Knox, Ky. In July, the couple moved to Thermopolis & Joe began operating the family ranch.

Ranching was his mission. He was a natural at breaking many a savvy cowhorse. Joe was always into leading edge cattle production, early on using computers & A.I. to breed select cows. He took great pride in raising champion show steers. Often one had to look up to find Joe soaring above in his plane wrangling in horses, gathering cows, dropping lunches or salt blocks and checking wolf/ grizzly activity on his or the neighbors' herds.

Joe was a real estate broker selling ranches through Homestead Realty, which he owned. He was very civic minded serving on a multitude of boards including: REA, TCT, HSC School Board, Farm Bureau & Owl Creek Irrigation. In 2016, he was inducted into the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame. Joe treasured spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of 62 years; children, Carolyn (Mike) Conner and Chris Campbell both of Thermopolis, Kathy Campbell of Morristown, Ariz., Connie (Greg) Hoffman and Belinda (Ray) Moore, both of Thermopolis; fourteen grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; one niece; and two nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Donald. 

Private graveside services will be held at Monument Hill Cemetery. A Celebration of Joe's Life will be held at a later date. 

Memorials in Joe's name can be made to T-Town Cancer Crusaders, People for People or charity of choice.


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