Raymond M. (Merle) Campbell, 85, of Quinter Road, Hadley (Salem Township, Mercer County), passed away at 11:21 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, at UPMC Horizon, Greenville Campus, following a period of declining health.
Born in Fredonia on Sept. 24, 1927, he was a son of the late Jesse A. and Mary E. Redfoot Campbell. On June 17, 1950, he married the former Ivarea J. Roberts, who survives.
Merle, as he was known to his family and friends, had been employed by the former Greenville Steel Car which subsequently became Trinity Industries from where he had retired.
At the age of 16, Merle enlisted in the U.S. Navy and became a member of the Seabees. He served during World War II in the South Pacific Theatre and had witnessed the nuclear atomic testing at Bikini Atoll. He was a “jack of all trades” and lived by the motto of the Seabees: “Can do, with willing hearts and skillful hands; the difficult we do immediately, the impossible takes a bit longer.”
He was a life member of James O Jordan Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3374, Greenville. He was of the Methodist faith.
In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by two sons, Thomas D. Campbell Sr. and his wife, Catherine, of Meadville, and Kevin M. Campbell and his companion, Colleen Donahue, of Hadley; a sister, Marilyn McFadden of Sharpsville; a brother, Jesse A. Campbell Jr. and his wife, Lura, of Jamestown; eight grandchildren, Thomas D. Campbell Jr. and his fiancée, Marla, Christopher M. Campbell and his wife, Lisa, Ashley Campbell and her companion, Carter Stallsmith, Kirk T. Campbell, Kyle E. Campbell, Branden Hunter, Merlin Hunter and Sebastion Ender; and three great-grandchildren, Nathaniel J. Campbell, Brianna Campbell and Savannah Stallsmith.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son; three sisters, Freda Keller, Virginia Bennett Korvista and Louise Visniesky; and a brother, Robert E. Campbell.
Calling hours are Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Robert L. Snyder Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 3223 Perry Highway, Sheakleyville.
A Service of Remembrance will be held Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Michael Visniesky, nephew of Mr. Campbell, officiating.
Cremation has been selected as disposition.
Online condolences and memories may be posted at rlsfh.com.