John J. Campbell, age 91, of Watertown, died Monday, April 28, 2008, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in St. Cloud, surrounded by his family.
John was born May 23, 1916, in Mayer, to Joseph and Frances (Kuka) Campbell.
He served in the Army during World War II, entering the service in May of 1941, and being discharged as a first sergeant in September of 1945.
John was united in marriage to Lorraine Neaton Nov. 20, 1945.
John and Lorraine purchased Campbell’s Confectionery in 1948, which they operated until purchasing Fairway Foods Grocery Store in 1960.
John was an active member of the Watertown Fire Department, Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, Lions, and the Knights of Columbus, and he was a life-long member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown.
He is survived by his daughters and their families: Joan, John, John, Joshua and Vanessa Wegner; Colleen, David, Christopher (fiancée Naomi Schlesser) and Joshua Strom; and Patricia, James, James, Anthony, and Joseph Salvatori; other family members: Delores and Anthony Kruse, Eileen Campbell, Helen Neaton, Francis Grewe, Dennis and Pat Neaton, and Lucille and Richard Pogue; as well as many nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Lorraine; and family members Peter and Helen Campbell, Francis Campbell, Rose Mary and LaVerne Roufs, Donald Neaton, and Rose Ann Grewe.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown with the Rev. Kevin Magner officiating, and visitation for one hour prior to the services. Interment was in the church cemetery, with military honors provided by the Eugene Earley American Legion Post 121 of Watertown.
Casket bearers were John’s grandsons: John and Josh Wegner, Chris and Josh Strom, and Jim, AJ, and Joe Salvatori.
Arrangements were by the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.