Gary Campbell, 1938-2016

Published 10:11 am Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Memorial services for Gary Campbell will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea. The Rev. George Marin will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Gary E. Campbell passed away Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. He was 77. Gary was born Aug. 9, 1938, to Melvin and Alma (Sampson) Campbell in Mason City, Iowa.

Gary Campbell

Gary Campbell

Gary grew up in Mason City, graduating from Mason City High School and Mason City Junior College. On March 18, 1959, Gary married Pat Woodhouse in Mason City. In 1962, the couple moved to Albert Lea to raise their family.

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Gary held various jobs including working at Deluxe in Lake Mills, Almco and Good Samaritan Society. He was employed as a maintenance foreman at Wilson & Co. for the majority of his career.

Gary’s passions included hunting and fishing. He enjoyed rooting for the Iowa Hawkeyes, making bird feeders in his wood shop, shooting at practice targets and snowmobiling in his earlier years. He was involved with Ducks Unlimited, the National Rifle Association, the Albert Lea Pistol Club and Moose Lodge. Gary had a way with smart-alecky humor in any situation he faced, a quality his family will greatly miss.

Gary is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Pat Campbell; children Jody (Greg) Seeger of Albert Lea, Darcy Campbell of Albert Lea and Jeff (Machell) Campbell of Austin; grandchildren Joey Hamberg, Jill ‘Hangnail’ Hamberg, Dirk Seeger, Josh Seeger, Logan Goodemann, Hannah Goodemann, Shawn Fergusen, Russell Lien and Jordin Crawford; great-grandchildren Haley Hamberg and Riley Thompson; sisters Ardith Wood and Beverly (Everett) Walk; sister-in-law, Imogene Woodhouse; his pride and joy, his dog Patches; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law Don Wood and Paul ‘Skeeter’ Woodhouse; and several aunts and uncles.