Campagna, Joseph A.
October 19, 1923 – September 13, 2017
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Saturday, June 16th at 5pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by a light dinner. Memorials are suggested to Children’s Make A Wish Foundation.
Joseph A. Campagna passed away peacefully at Silveridge surrounded by family and the wonderful care of staff and the hospice nurses. Preceded in death by parents, Samuel and Frances Campagna; wife Pauline (Cherney) Campagna; brother Anthony Campagna, sisters Louise Caster, Nettie Henry, Josephine Cordahl. Survived by brother, Ross Campagna; former wife, Beverley (Combs) Campagna, 4 sons, Christian/Marea Campagna, Omaha; Brad/Karen Campagna, Omaha/Arizona, Mike Campagna, Omaha, Jeff Campagna, Burlington, Vermont; 8 grandchildren Nicole/Branden Cobaugh, Paige/Austin Anderson, Shane/Jessica Campagna, Lindsay/Neal Stehno, Max Campagna, Ryan/Chelsea Campagna, Drew/Danae Campagna, Taylor Campagna, 8 great-grandchildren, 8 nieces and nephews.
Joseph was born in Omaha and graduated from South High School. Shortly after, he entered the Army. He was assigned to a glider regiment and soon volunteered to be a paratrooper where he jumped and fought during WWII in Germany and Belgium. He participated in several battles including the famed “Battle of the Bulge” in which he was wounded on two separate occasions. He continued fighting until he was unable to walk from frozen feet. His unit had no winter coats and boots. He was finally moved to a field hospital and eventually flown to a hospital in England. He received several awards and medals including the “Purple Heart” and the “Bronze Star” for acts of heroism.
After the war he returned home, married and raised four boys. He worked as an Arborist for Asphland Tree Company before retiring and spending his time between residences in Omaha and Arizona. He was a sports enthusiast, enjoying football and baseball. He loved dancing and was an avid golfer. He was a long-time member of the Omaha Sports Club where he played tennis and pitched in a softball league until he was 65 years old. He was a member of the German American Society and the Italian American Society. He lived a rich full life for which he was grateful and leaves behind many family, friends and acquaintances in several states. He will be truly missed.