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Melvern "Mel" F Campbell

August 6, 1925 ~ January 12, 2022 (age 96)


Peoria - Mel F. Campbell, age 96, of Chillicothe, IL. for 36 years, died Wednesday, the 12th, 2022.

   Born August 6, 1925 in New Brighton, PA to Joseph and Viola (Fox) Campbell. He married M. Jean Ulbrich on January 20, 1951 in East Palestine, OH. She preceded him in death on August 30, 2017.

   Surviving are one son, Clyde of Chillicothe, three grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and one brother Robert A. (Judy) of Green Valley, AZ.  He was preceded in death by both parents, wife Jean, one sister (infant), and one brother, Richard T. (Mary) of Salem, NY.

   During World War II, Mel served in the 87th Infantry Division in Europe where he was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star.

   Mel graduated from Muskingum College at New Concord, Ohio earning a Bachelor of Science Degree, Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WN.

  Mel was best known as a banker of 24 years, last serving as president of the Chillicothe State Bank from 1973 through 1980 when the bank was sold. He then became the Secretary of the J.T. Fennel Co. Inc., retiring in 1988.

  He was a member of Beaver, PA Masonic Lodge #457, Valley of Chicago Scottish Rite, and Peoria Mohammed Shrine.  Mel enjoyed playing his horn, playing with the Shrine Brass Band, Peoria Heights Community Band, Peoria Area Senior Citizen Band, Pekin Municipal Band, and the Chillicothe Community Band. While spending his winters in Florida he would play with the Egypt Shrine Band and the Richey Community Band for several years.

   Mel also served his community in many ways. He was a member of the Chillicothe United Methodist Church, past president of the Men's Club. Served as a member of the Advisory Board of Heritage Manor in Chillicothe. Highlighting just a few other roles: past president of the Chillicothe Rotary Club, past president of the Chillicothe Development Company, past president of the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce, charter member of the Pearce Community Center and supporter of many community projects.

   Celebration of Life to be announced later. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.  Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 

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