(Oct. 17, 2009)
Alfred “Fred” Gabriele Camposan died Saturday, Oct. 17 at his home in Powell. He was 90.
Fred was born Jan. 16, 1919, in Watertown, Mass., to Frank and Mary Camposano, who were Italian immigrants.
He left home at the age of 16. Fred was determined to help his large family in tough economic times and insisted on joining the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) which brought him to Wyoming.
It was here that he met his lifetime sweetheart, Alice “Billie” Clark, and they married in 1939. Together, they raised a family of five daughters and one son in Powell.
Fred worked for four years in the CCC, farmed and ranched for 10 years, and then worked for Amoco Oil for 31 years, retiring in 1981.
But Fred never really retired. He was very ambitious and through the years, he built and remodeled their homes and owned a coin shop. He also had many hobbies, including gardening, photography, carpentry, coin collecting, music and writing. But most of all, those close to him knew Fred as a man who dearly loved the Lord and his family, showing his love in many ways. His family loved him dearly as well, and learned many things from him, but most of all they learned to love one another through good times and bad and to live each day to its fullest potential.
Fred was a longtime and active member of his church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents; three siblings; son, Kent; and three grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Billie; brother Frank Camposano of Marco, Island, Fla.; sister, Vera Ferullo of Watertown, Mass.; daughters Donna (Jon) Nelson of Colo. Springs Colo.; Gail (Larry) Redman of Powell; Sharon (Jake) Fulton of Powell; Rikki (Jim) Paul of Laurel, Mont.; daughter-in-law, Susan Haywood of Billings; 26 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great grandchildren; and dear friend Vivian Jones.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Powell, followed by a vigil service at St. Barbara's Catholic Church.
A funeral Mass will be held at St. Barbara's Catholic Church on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 10:30 a.m.
A short graveside service will be held at Crown Hill Cemetery on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m., with procession beginning at Thompson Funeral Home.
Memorials can be sent to The American Heart Association or St. Barbara's Church Building Fund.