Colin Campbell Senior


Colin Campbell "Butch" Senior was born on April 5, 1942 in Centerville, Iowa. He passed away at his home in Richmond, Texas surrounded by his children at 2:21am Monday, August 19, 2019. He is preceded in death by his oldest brother Franklin, older sister Nancy and beloved wife of nearly 50 years, Deborah. He is survived by his children Christopher, Melissa, Peter, Colin, Nancy and Caitlin, as well as his younger brother Thomas.

Colin was raised in Centerville, which was also where his father Colin Frank and mother Francis Louise grew up. While a toddler, his dad nicknamed him "Butch" and was so called his entire life by his family. He went to the same grade and middle schools his father did and even had a few of the same teachers. After graduating high school, Colin followed his big brother to Iowa State University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree and then took a job with JC Penneys. In 1965, he was drafted, sent to Ft. Leonard Wood for Basic Training and was then assigned to the 64th Quartermaster Battalion, Headquarters Company, remaining at Ft. Leonard Wood in the Missouri Ozarks. Eight months later he was deployed to Saigon and assigned to the Petroleum Directorate for the 1st Logistical Command until he was honorably discharged in January of 1967. For the rest of Colin's life he was heavily burdened by the fact that his service had been so easy in stark contrast to his youngest brother who was sent to the front lines. Butch's childhood best-buddy, Tommy, experienced the horror of war resulting in a life-long battle with PTSD.

Subsequent to his arrival home from Vietnam, Colin returned to Penneys as a department manager trainee in Berwyn, Illinois, where he immediately became infatuated with one of his new employees named Debby. His sister Nancy and her husband Homer stopped by one afternoon and Colin pointed out his crush across the store, informing them that she was going to be their future sister-in-law. Nancy chuckled and replied, " Don't you think you should ask her out first??" On January 11, 1969, Deborah Lyn Meyer became Deborah Lyn Senior and they remained devoted to one another until her death on May 5 of last year.

After their first son Christopher was born in 1970, Butch and Debby settled down in Schaumburg, IL, as Colin took a job with ProCon, a subsidiary of Universal Oil Products. Three years later Melissa was born, and not long after Butch followed a co-worker to a company called Fluor. While in Schaumburg they had four more children: Peter, Colin, Nancy and finally Caitlin in 1987. In 1990, Colin transferred to Fluor's office in Sugar Land, TX where he continued to work as a project manager until he retired in 2008. Butch delighted in reading, working in his yard planting flower & vegetable gardens, building things around the home, and of course, researching family history and genealogy. While Colin enjoyed a great deal of success in his career, his ultimate source of joy and fulfillment was his wife, his children and his sixteen grandchildren. He considered his family his crowning achievement.

In 2016 Colin was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He was administered a series of outpatient radiation and chemo treatments that seemed to clear his body of cancer and his doctors proclaimed him "cancer free". However, following a series of falls during the week after Father's Day this year, his children convinced him to go to the MD Anderson emergency room in the Texas Medical Center. There he was diagnosed with Leptomeningeal Disease and admitted into the hospital immediately. He was sent home on July 3 and told to expect only another two to four weeks. The seeds of love and commitment Colin had planted in the hearts of his six children blossomed into a beautiful bouquet before his death, as they and their spouses all came together to care for him around the clock over the next two months until his passing. Inspired by a lifetime of fatherly devotion, they chose to honor and serve him by doing everything in their means to allow him to die peacefully and naturally in his home surrounded by those he loved. Colin will be forever remembered for his devotion to his family and will be missed by his children, grandchildren, extended family and friends. The family asks that those who are led to do so make a donation in Colin's name to Westland Baptist church in Katy, TX where his blessed life was celebrated by his beloved family and friends on Saturday, August 24, 2019.
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Sharon (Sheumaker) Sandford
Aug 29, 2019
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Butch. I knew him as one of the kids in Centerville, living across Maple Street from our house, but I lost touch after going off to college. Our Moms were good friends and neighbors. It is interesting to know that he had such a full life, with many children and grandchildren. Most of those who lived on the street at that time are already gone. Just wanted you to know I have good memories of those times. Sharon
Christopher Senior
Aug 26, 2019