James W. "Jay" Campbell

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James W. "Jay" Campbell Oct. 6, 1922 - March 4, 2014 NILES - James W. "Jay" Campbell, age 91 years, a longtime resident of Niles, Michigan, died at 10:35 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Friendship Village in Kalamazoo, Michigan, following an extended illness. He was born on October 6, 1922, in Manchester, Tennessee, to James Theodore and Maude (Hickerson) Campbell, and was graduated from Manchester High School. He served a tour of duty with the United States Army, and saw many months of action in the Philippines. He was in-jured twice, earning the Purple Heart Medal with a bronze oak leaf cluster, and was discharged as a veteran of World War II. He came to Niles in 1946 and was employed by the former Michigan Central Railroad as a locomotive engineer. He continued his career with Michigan Central's successors, eventually retiring from the National Railroad Pas-senger Corporation - "Amtrak." Jay, or "J.W.," was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Niles, and of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He enjoyed yardwork at home, and is well-known for the care of his cars - they were always show-room clean and polished. On May 17, 1947, in Niles, he married the for-mer Lillian Agnes Webber, with whom he celebrated last year the sixty-sixth anniversary of their wed-ding. Surviving family includes his wife, Lillian Campbell; and their daughters, Pam-ela (& Dan) Heuschele of Kalamazoo and Terri (& Tom) Lane of Watervliet, Michigan; grandchildren, Dana (& Jason) Jones and Kaleb (& Stephenie) Lane; and great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Jones and Reagan Jones. He was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde Raymond Campbell, and sister, Zelma Ruth Tread-well. The family of James Campbell will receive relatives and friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles, followed by a procession to the grave at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles for Committal Services by the Rev. Cathi Huvaere of Wesley United Methodist Church. The service will conclude with the Veteran's Flag Presentation and "Taps" by the United States Army Honor Guard. Contributions in memory of Mr. Campbell may be made to Wesley United Church, or to the resident activity fund at Friendship Village of Kalamazoo, or to the Alzheimer's Foun-dation. www.halbritterfunerals.com

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615 E MAIN ST Niles, MI 49120
(269) 683-3000
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 13, 2014
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