Grampy Campy, who held out against terminal cancer until his 75th wedding anniversary last month, died Friday at his home.
The patriarch said he hoped to hold out through his anniversary celebration, and did. He lived to see more than 80 family members and more than 100 community members celebrate 75 years of union to his wife, Daisy. Though he was in a wheelchair and she walked with the assistance of a walker, they still took every opportunity to hold hands and exchange kisses.
"Every day is a bonus day," Grampy Campy said on March 28, his anniversary and roughly two weeks before his death. "I don't want to die because I don't want to leave her, but I know it's a matter of time. I'm going with a smile on my face and a song in my heart."
His real name was Laurence Campton. He was born Oct. 27, 1916 in Iowa and eventually fathered a family that includes grandson Campy Campton of Frisco, who co-owns KODI Rafting and Rivers Clothing Company with his wife, Christy. Campy's cousin, Reese Frayser, lives in Summit Cove.
Grampy Campy lived in Salida with Daisy, whom he married March 28, 1937 in Hennessey, Okla.
Funeral services are slated for 2 p.m. Friday at the First Christian Church in Salida. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church through Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home in Salida.
Online condolences may be offered at www.lewisandglenn.com.
More details on Grampy Campy's life are available in the Salida Mountain Mail obituary, available online at http://bit.ly/JhDIkW.