PONTIAC — Gerald E. Campbell, 82, rural Pontiac, died at 9:30 p.m. Friday (April 14, 2017) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Chenoa, with Pastor Gretchen Stinebaugh officiating. Burial will be in Payne Cemetery, rural Chenoa, with full military rites accorded by Chenoa Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the memorial home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to the Wounded Warriors Project.
He was born May 5, 1934, in Pontiac, the son of Lester Dalton and Alice Amanda “Billie” Venson Campbell. He married Sharon Busker in 1963 in Freeport. He then married Janice Johnson Ripley on Feb. 16, 1990, in Pontiac. She survives in Pontiac.
Other survivors include his children, Tyree (Leslie) Campbell, Bloomington; Tracie (Michael) Harp, Tuscola; Brett Campbell, Chenoa; and Amanda Paige Tharge, El Paso; stepchildren, Gerald (Beth) Ripley, Chenoa; David Ripley, Oak Park; and Ann (Rick) Householder, Chenoa; eight grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and one sister, Vickie (Mose) Mowery, Chenoa.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Ronald Campbell.
He was a 1952 graduate of Chenoa High School. He served in the U.S. Army and was a lifetime National Rifle Association member.
A guest registry is available at www.duffypilsmemorialhome.com.