Carl Campbell, 73, of Axtell, KS, entered into eternal rest Friday, June 4, 2010 at his home in Axtell.
Carl was born in the Appalachian Mountains at Confluence Kentucky, May 20, 1937 the son of Ottis and Wornie (Sizemore) Campbell. The 9th of 10 children, his mother passed away when he was 3 and the older sisters cared for the younger ones. He attended grade schools in Letcher Co, KY, then in1951 he and his younger sister Lois came to Axtell and made their home with his sister Ollie and Gene Renner and attended the Axtell High School. In 1955 Carl moved to Clarksville, Indiana and was employed at Mengel Furniture Manufacturing and then later at Cissel Manufacturing both in Louisville, KY.
Carl was married to Barbara Cain at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Axtell, KS on June 26, 1956. They made their home in Clarksville, IN until 1961 when they returned with their family to Seneca, KS. Carl was employed by A.B. Bergman Auto Repair until A.B. Retired. He was a mechanic at Sanders Ford, Gilbert Motors, and Shop Foreman at Bergman Ford in Seneca. Then in 1969 Carl and Barb purchased Steck Service in Axtell as Campbell Oil/Carl's 66 continued to do mechanical repairs and farm fuel service. Carl and Barb moved their family to Axtell where their four daughters attended and graduated from Axtell High School. During the 28yrs in business, he employed a number of young men and trained them in the field of automotive repair.
Carl was a former member of the Seneca Squares, Square Dancing Group and the Axtell Lions Club. Carl's hobbies included restoring classic cars, country western and polka dancing, watching car races and Carl treasured time spent with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. His extended family was very dear to his heart.
He is survived by his wife Barbara of their home in Axtell, four daughters, Cheryl and Mel Garner of Fairview, KS, Cindy Jones of Axtell, KS, Carla and Dave Fairfield of Atlantic Iowa, and Angie and Mark Pippia of Axtell, KS; three sisters Faye Fortner of Knoxville, TN, (Anna) Campbell, Shelbyville, IN and Lois Shirley of Grand Junction, CO; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Carl was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Lindsey Garner, his parents, a brother Frank Campbell; sisters, Ollie Renner, Zelma Wilkerson, Martha Leann Campbell, Grace Rice and Alta Gibson.
Funeral services will be Monday June 7, 2010, at 10:30 am, at the Popkess Mortuary in Seneca, KS. Pastor Robert Boyle will conduct the services. Carissa Shirley will play guitar and sing. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Axtell. Casket bearers are Evan Fairfield, Kelsey Fairfield, Russ Fairfield, McKenna Jones, Jeremy Jones, Nathan Jones, Michelle Miller, Andrea Pippia, and Jessica Pippia. Honorary casket bearers are Dave Fairfield, Mel Garner, Mark Pippia, Roger Ronnebaum, Randy Osterhaus, Mike Holthaus, Jared Malcolm, Loren Hulsing, Brett Ronnebaum, Dick Ford and Bob Shirley.
A visitation will be Sunday June 6, 2010 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Popkess Mortuary in Seneca, KS.
Memorials in Carl's memory may be sent to Popkess Mortuary, Seneca, KS, a specific memorial will be designated at a future date.