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Robert Allen Campbell, 83, of 3 Seventh St., Northumberland, formerly of 707 Duke St., died peacefully at home with his wife by his side on Oct. 5, 2017.
He was born May 10, 1934, at home on 67 Catawissa Ave., Sunbury, a son of the late Robert McGhee and Elizabeth (Snyder) Campbell. On Feb. 17, 1954, he married the former Mildred Jean Dressler.
Bob graduated from Sunbury High School in 1952 and joined the Navy where he served from November 1953 to November 1957 as an electrician, earning First Class Seaman.
Returning to Sunbury in 1957, he joined the family business, Campbell Bros. Paper Company unitl his retirement in 1988. In retirement he used his love of trains and handyman skills to refurbish trains at Steamtown and Strasburg. He and his wife also had Campbell's Bed & Breakfast in their home for 20 years.
He was a member and past president of the Sunbury Jaycees, long time swim instructor with his wife at the Sunbury YMCA, former leader of Cub Scout Troop 3300, former member of the Goodwill's Dive Team, the American Legion Post 201, 50-year member of the TPA, the Northumberland Hookies, and the No. 1's. In addition, he was one of the original founding members of the Loose Ties Model Railroad Club.

Bob enjoyed sport fishing with family and friends, and was proud of his prize catch, a 159lb. Mako shark of Cape May in 1994. He also was a great gardener and his truck patch behind his home provided vegetables for his wife to can, preserve, and freeze.

In addition to his wife of 63 years, he is survived by two sons and one daughter and their spouses, Robert A. and Gayle Campbell, of Sunbury, Steven and June Campbell and Susan and Andrew Frye, all of Northumberland; eight grandchildren, Carrie and Michael Bruning, Luke Zechman, Jessica Schiro, Sean and Nikki Campbell, Kathryn and Andrew Landis, robbin and Christin Campbell, Jacob Snyder, and Nicholas Schindler; 12 great-grandchildren; very dear friends, Kevin and Anna Smith; one brother and sister-in-law, David and MaryRuth Campbell, of Sunbury; one sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Leonard Hoover, of Binghamton, N.Y.; his brothers and sisters-in-law, numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Christ United Methodist Church, Front and King streets, Northumberland, followed by a memorial service at 11.
Interment will be private in Pine Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or to the donor's choice.

Arrangements are by the Joseph W. Epler Funeral Home, 210 King St., Northumberland.
Published on October 5, 2017
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