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Paul Campbell

Paul Vere Campbell was born January 11, 1919. He was the ninth of ten children born to Frank Campbell and Mary Elizabeth (Kauble) Campbell of Athelston, Iowa. He had fond memories of his father who died when Paul was only eight. His mother moved to Blockton with her three youngest children and Paul left school in his early teens to help support his mother and family. He remained very close with his mother until her death in 1961.

Paul enjoyed the farming and small town lifestyle of the southwest Iowa area and as a young man worked as a hired hand for farmers and as a mechanic at the Blockton blacksmith shop. 1942 was a very busy year for Paul; he married Mildred Marie Weaver in early January and went into the Army mid year. When he returned home from military service, he and Marie established their home in Blockton which would include their two children Paulette Kay and Stephen Ray.

Paul developed his means to support the family through stock truck driving. At one time he owned two trucks; he drove one of them and hired a driver for the other. He later began a 35 year career driving a gasoline transport for the Blockton Oil Company until he retired.

Paul was a loving and supportive husband, father, grandfather, sibling, neighbor, and friend to many. He approached life with a sense of humor that earned him the respect of many. Old country music was a favorite listening treat and he could play "tunes" on the banjo, accordion, organ, harmonica and piano. He had so much fun with many recreational interests - Horseshoes, Pitch (card game), community Bingo, and swimming. He could do multiple tricks with a yo-yo and could easily ride a bicycle backwards.

He also enjoyed the activities of local and national travel, fishing, gardening and general lawn care, especially riding his lawn mower. He particularly loved to exchange stories with friends and family and recall all the past good times, present experiences ("fish stories" included) and speculations for the political future, although he said they were all careful when "talking politics" so that they could all remain good friends when they disagreed. He was a member of the American Legion and was proud to have visited the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. with his grandson-in-law, Tony.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marie. Eight siblings are deceased; Zola Freemyer, Lela Streebin, Chloe Stroburg, Nina Poore, Warren, Elvin, Noble, and Ward.

Surviving family is a brother, Ola (Grace) of Colorado; sisters-in-law, Fern Leight, Mary Hildreth, and Mary Weaver.
Other surviving family includes 2 children, Paulette Clem and Stephen Campbell; 4 grandchildren, Ann (Tony) Vodacek, Christopher (Jennifer) Campbell, Jeanette (Jay) Brandner and Douglas (Jenni) Campbell . There are nine great grandchildren, Kayla, Mason, Gemma, Cordelia, Samson, Canaan, Trent, Dylan and Keatyn; plus many nieces and nephews and their families.

A memorial fund has been established in his name to support the Blockton community.

Casual attire is encouraged for all attending Paul's services.

  • Open Viewing

    December 18, 2015
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    December 18, 2015
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    December 19, 2015
    1:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Saturday December 19 2015

    Rose Hill Cemetery

    Blockton, IA

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We''re so sorry to hear of your dads passing Paulette. We know you had many good memories and now he and your mom can share those memories. You''re in our thoughts.

Posted by Judy Engleka - Visalia, CA - Friend   December 28, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Paul''s passing. Thinking of you all!

Posted by Michelle Campbell Smith - Mount Ayr, IA   December 26, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My brother Paul was a very generous man. Two examples:

Over 60 years ago when we were moving from Indiana to Iowa, Paul moved us with his truck and never charged us a dime. He gave of his time and resources. I''ve never forgotten that.

Most recently, Paul had his daughter send me $20. He said, "Ole was a vet." He wanted me to buy something with it. The wrist watch I am wearing now was bought with this money. So, I have a daily reminder of my generous, kind and thoughtful brother.

I prayed for Paul every day. I will look forward to seeing him in heaven one day!

Posted by Ola Campbell (by daughter Becky) - Colorado Springs, CO - Brother   December 17, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

What a great guy. Spot spoken and so appreciative of everything and everybody. You''re in a better place but we ll miss you. Thankful to have known you

Posted by Marlene hinz    December 16, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

As children, on our yearly vacations to Southern Iowa, we always stopped in to see Uncle Paul and Aunt Marie. They always seemed glad to see us. We usually saw them when we were able to attend the yearly Campbell Family reunion at Lake of Three Fires, as well. He was Dad''s (Ola) next older brother, the youngest two of the 10 siblings. We are sad to hear of his passing - the loss to the family. We pray God''s comfort will surround you all! Sending loving thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Becky Campbell Maness - Rapelje, MT - Niece   December 15, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM