Aberdeen-Memorial Service for Gordon R. Campbell, 89, of Aberdeen will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, September 12, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church. Rev. Ruth E. Clendenin will officiate. The service will be live streamed and available at www.Carlsenfh.com under Gordon’s obituary.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery with military graveside rites by Sidney L. Smith American Legion Post #24.
Gordon died July 15, 2020 at his home.
Gordon Roger Campbell, son of Roger Albert and Katherine (Cahalan) Campbell was born May 20, 1931 at Aberdeen, SD. He grew up and attended Aberdeen Public Schools through the tenth grade. He then attended Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, VA, graduating in 1949. Gordon returned to South Dakota to attend the University of South Dakota (USD) where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity at USD.
Gordon was united in marriage to Jeanne Ann Brown in 1951 at Centerville, SD. He entered the United States Army and served as a First Lieutenant from 1954-1956, during the Korean Conflict. After his honorable discharge, Gordon returned to Aberdeen and joined the family business, Farmers Lumber and Coal, currently named Campbell’s Town and Country Building Supply. He continued workng until his retirement in 2011. Gordon was so proud of all his children and over the years had the opportunity to work side by side with two of them.
Gordon always had a very positive outlook on life. As he grew older, he became a very gentle soul; he was affectionately known as “Moredaddy” by his grandkids. Together, Gordon and Jeanne enjoyed their lake cottage and eventually home at Richmond Lake for 50 years; it was their place to make memories and share with their children and future generations. Jeanne and Gord also enjoyed traveling together, but always loved South Dakota best!
Gordon was a member of First Presbyterian Church, and a 68-year member of Sidney L. Smith American Legion Post #24, where he served with the Honor Guard for 20 plus years. He also was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Masonic Lodge, a devoted Jaycee who was honored as Frosty in 1991, Northwestern Lumbermen’s Association president in 1971, and proudly supported the Republican Party. In his younger years, Gordon earned his private pilot license, and coached youth hockey. Gordon always enjoyed working and visiting with his customers but took the time to enjoy the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and traveled almost yearly with his friends and family to Canada and occasionally Alaska.
Grateful for having shared Gordon’s life are his wife, Jeanne; daughter, Cathleen Campbell of Aberdeen; three sons, Roger Campbell of Denver, CO, Stuart (Mary) Campbell and Todd (Sherri) Campbell, both of Aberdeen; nine grandchildren, Megan (Matthew) Barley, Hayley (Wade) Hiner, Grace Campbell, Tasha (Richard) Chang, Ella (Lincoln) Smith, Gus (Tessa Bell) Campbell, Lincoln Campbell, Claire Schlabsz and Emily (Brett) Newton; and 12 great-grandchildren, Campbell and Benjamin Barley, Audrey and Charles Hiner, Wesley and Max Chang, Scout and Tilly Smith, Chloe and Crew Schlabsz and Maximus and Benjamin Newton.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Chloe Reutzel.
The family prefers memorials to Avera @ Home Hospice, First Presbyterian Church or Sidney L. Smith American Legion Post #24 Honor Guard.
Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen have been entrusted with arrangements.