John E. Campbell 1931-2020

LECANTO, Fla. — John Edward Campbell, 88, passed away at Bayfront Health Seven Rivers in Crystal River, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020.

Born in New Castle, Pa., Nov. 26, 1931, John moved to a farm in Bristolville, during his formative years, where he was raised and educated. He graduated from Bristol High School in 1950 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served over 20 years before retiring as a senior master sergeant at Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri. John was also stationed in Austria, England, Kansas, Germany and Illinois during his military career.

During his early years in the Air Force, while stationed at Tulln Air Base, Vienna, Austria, he met and married his wife, Hilda Theresa Minarik, Aug. 19, 1955. They were married for 62 wonderful years prior to Hilda predeceasing John in 2017.

Subsequent to his military retirement, John worked for a time at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in West Palm Beach before moving back to O’Fallon, Ill., where he served another 13 years working as a manpower management analyst in Federal Civil Service at Scott Air Force Base. John’s entire adult life and career is noteworthy in that it can be characterized as having been spent in diligent and honorable service to his country in various capacities.

In 1999, John left Illinois for warmer weather, deciding to relocate to Lecanto, where he lived until his passing. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Hernando. John enjoyed reading, spending time with friends and neighbors, and listening to country music. A big fan of country music, he had visited both Branson, Mo. and the Grand Old Opry in Nashville.

John was preceded in death by his father, Edward; mother, Virginia; wife, Hilda; brother, Richard; sister, Marian; and sister-in-law, Donna.

Survivors include son, Richard, and daughter-in-law, Fumika, of Cleveland, Tenn.; brother, Wesley Sr. of Bristolville; sister, Janice, and brother-in- law, Patrick, of Warren; sister-in -law, Alice of Bristolville; brother-in-law, Vernon; sister-in-law, Elfi of Vienna, Austria; and grandchildren, Joseph of Cleveland, Tenn. and Alena of Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Services with full military honors will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home in Warren, where Pastor Jody Baker will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Sager Memorial Cemetery in Bristolville. All attendees are requested to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the American Legion at legion.org.

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