Kenneth J. Campbell, 96, of Burlington, died at Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Prairie Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center in Mediapolis, IA.
Born October 15, 1921, in Exline, IA, he was the son of Jasper and Carrie Mae Cline Campbell. On September 12, 1953, he married Zelpha Irene Boyd in Fort Madison, IA. She later passed on November 21, 2013.
He graduated from Exline High School in Exline, IA.
He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving from October 5, 1942 until February 17, 1946. He served during World War II in the invasions of Sicily, North Africa and Southern France. Later departing for The Marianas,Guam and Okinawa. He was a Machinist's Mate First Class on the U.S.S. Florence Nightingale(AP-70). He was part of the #395-45 Commendation Unite IAP-70, and received the Good Conduct Medal. Florence Nightingale and her crew received four battle stars.
He retired from IAAP in 1986, where he worked in maintenance and helped run the power house.
He was a member of the First Christian Church. He was a life member of both the American Legion, Operating Engineers (Galesburg, IL), a Mason, and a past member of the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed gardening (particularly tomatoes and radishes) feeding his trained Robins, sitting on the back porch talking with friends and neighbors. He also enjoyed attending warship reunions.
Survivors include two sons, Martin K. Campbell of Burlington and Mark W. (Dawn) Campbell of New London; two grandchildren, Levi Campbell of Ft. Meyers, FL and Jacob Campbell of New London; several nieces and nephews: Curt (Peggy) Campbell of Ottumwa, Ia, Collin (Lori) Campbell of Omaha, NE, Carolyn (Mark) Norburn of California, Chris (Diane) Campbell of Durante Ca. , Dixie Lestina of Argyle, Ia. ,Bob (Patti) Boyd of Pekin, IL, Lynn (Marty)Boyd of Danville IA, Dave(Linda) Fullhart Fort Worth Texas and Dana Fullhart Ames IA.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father, two brothers, two sisters, two nephews, and one niece.
Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh~Thielen Crematory.
There will be no visitation.
There will be a private family graveside service for Mr. Campbell Friday, April 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Keokuk National Cemetery. Full military honors will be rendered by the Burlington Area Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for the Burlington American Legion Post #52 and the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard.