Robert H. Campbell (1937 - 2013)

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Randolph - Robert H. Campbell, 76, of West Main Street Road, Randolph, passed away at 5:12 a.m. on Saturday (Oct. 19, 2013), in Buffalo General Hospital.
He was born April 23, 1937, in the Town of Coldspring, the son of the late William Halsey and Genevieve (Cowen) Campbell.
Campbell was a 1956 graduate of Cattaraugus High School, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University, and the University of Miami. He received his pilot's license in his youth before he became a licensed automobile driver.
He retired from the Ford Motor Company, in St. Louis, Mo., retiring in 1995 after 30 years of service, where he was a manufacturing engineer. He was also active in the Air National Guard.
Campbell attended St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ellicottville, was a member of the Little Valley Lions Club, serving as a recurrent past president and served in District 20 N as its district representative. He was also a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship, the highest award within Lions Club International. He was also a member of the Airplane Owners and Pilots Association, Vintage Airplane Association, Model Airplane Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, Cessna 120-140 club, Clan Campbell Society and Flying Aces Model Airplane Club.
He had a zest for life and a lifelong love of flying. He was an avid fisherman, boater, and Ford enthusiast, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with all of his family, kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had a unique ability to make everyone he met and knew feel loved and cared for, and for this, he will be fondly remembered by all.
Campbell is survived by his wife, Anita M. Maus, whom he married on May 23, 1998, in Dewittville; three sons, Barry J. (Beverly) Campbell of Woodstock, Ga., Paul Messick, and John (Kim) Messick, all of Chesapeake City, Md.; a daughter, Diane (Gene) Windsor of Newark, Del.; and 11 grandchildren, Adam (Gretchen) Keefner, Aaron (Angie) Keefner, Courtney Campbell (Jeremy) Vastola, Melanie Campbell (Patrick) Ross, Emily Jo Campbell, Jonathan Windsor, Elyse Messick, Donny Messick, Robby Messick, Sam Messick and Jack Mesick; as well as three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Howard Campbell of New Albion; and a sister, Irma Zimpfer of Lancaster.
He was preceded by his first wife, Juanita Barker, in December 1995; a son, Todd Allen Campbell; and daughter, Nena Jo Keefner.
The family received friends from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday (Oct. 22, 2013), in the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church St., Randolph. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ellicottville, with Pastor William Kay officiating. The family also received, in the church, one hour prior. Burial was in the New Albion Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the Epilepsy Association, 1650 South Ave., Rochester, N.Y. 14620 or to the Randolph Fire Company, 72 Main St., Randolph, N.Y. 14772. To leave a condolence, log onto vanrensselaerandsonfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Salamanca Press from Oct. 23 to Nov. 22, 2013
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