Gary Wayne Campbell, 63, of New Athens, IL, born December 26, 1948 in Red Bud, IL, died Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at the Relais Bonne Eau Hospice Center in Edwardsville, IL. Mr. Campbell had worked as a coal miner for Peabody Coal Co., for 41 years and was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Sparta, IL #3059.
He is preceded in death by his mother Bertha, nee Bumann, Campbell.
Gary is survived by his wife Effie, nee Fuqua, Campbell, whom he married on July 3, 1992 in Oakdale, IL; his father and stepmother, Lawrence (Gwen) Campbell of O’Fallon, IL; 3 sons, Brian (Kate McPherson-Hope) Campbell-Hope of St. Louis, MO, Brett (Jennifer) Campbell of Waterloo, IL and Aaron (Chelsea) Campbell of New Athens, IL; 1 daughter, Amanda (Matt) Birkner of Lenzburg, IL; stepson Evan (Jaime Daenzer) Ruffino of Belleville, IL and stepdaughter Erin (Brad) Petchulat of Smithton, IL; 5 grandchildren Isaiah, Jocelyn, Gauge, Gannon and Statler; 3 step-grandchildren, Claire, Olivia and Griffin; 2 brothers, Glen (Pam) Campbell of Sparta, IL and Roger Campbell of Belleville, IL; 1 stepbrother Jeff Schumacher of Springfield, IL and 1 niece and 4 nephews
Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials are encouraged to be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 9, 2012 and from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL
Services: Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL with dear family friend Bob Huff officiating. Per Mr. Campbell’s request, cremation was to take place.
Burial: Interment will be held in the Tilden Cemetery in Tilden, IL.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.
To all of you sorry about Gary, I haven’t seen him in along time but I have many memories from when we lived Tilden, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. he is now watching over all of you.
Posted by: Pat Gooch – O’Fallon, IL – cousin Nov 08, 2012
We were so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. He was such a good neighbor to us when he lived in Marissa.
we are sorry for your loss. RIP Gary.
Posted by: Marilyn Lea – summerville, GA – friend Nov 08, 2012
Gary was a great khoury League coach and will be grealty missed. He was a great man and father. He will always be with us. RIP Gary!!
Posted by: Zachary L.Kurtz – Marissa, IL – Family Friend Nov 08, 2012
We are so sorry for your loss…Gary will be sadly missed..sadly we are out of town but know. Our thoughts are with you.
Posted by: Richard and Becky Kurtz – Darmstadt, IL – friends Nov 08, 2012
Gary and I grew up together in Tilden and we had so many good times just being kids. I thought about him often over the years and wondered what he was doing and where he was at.
Sorry to hear he has passed.
Posted by: Peggy (Edwards) Berkbuegler – Perryville, MO – friends Nov 08, 2012
I worked with Gary at Peabody back in the day, he was a good friend and a great guy.
Posted by: Tom Henley – Thompsonville, IL – Friend Nov 08, 2012
Gary was an awesome guy! He could always make you laugh even in a dark time. He will be greatly missed! Aaron & Chelsea (my nephew in law & and neice…so sorry!!) along with Matt & Amanda!!!! Thinking of you all!!!
Dean & Teresa
Posted by: Dean & Teresa Linders – baldwin, IL – friend Nov 09, 2012
Amanda & Aaron,
I am at a loss for words. I know there is nothing for me to say that will make your loss easier. I am assured that we will be comforted by the memories you share of your Dad. I am praying for you to get through this time with peace that comes from the knowledge that God loves you and will take care of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you right now.
Love you both!!!
Posted by: Sue (Finks) Pierce – Sparta, IL Nov 09, 2012
I worked with Gary several years at the mines.Im sorry for your lose. My prayers are with you and with Your family during this difficult time.God Bless you and your family. Gus Tallo
Posted by: GusTallo – Steeleville, IL – Friend Nov 09, 2012
Effie, I’m so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family. Sorry I didn’t get to come. Love you, patsy. Take care.
Posted by: Patsy webb – Omaha, IL – Cousin to wife Nov 10, 2012
I worked with Gary and Glen at Granite City Steel. Gary was a fun guy and a joy to be around. “Soup” was always the first to laugh and never let anything stop him from having a good time. I’m very sorry for your losss. If you can, please forward this message to Glen.
Posted by: phil zarlingo – columbia, IL – friend Nov 13, 2012