Russell Elliott Campbell (July 20, 2022)

Russell Campbell photo

November 21, 1929 ~ July 20, 2022


3 Sons – Mike (Mary) Campbell of Kansas City, MO
Scott (Paula) Campbell of Tennant, IA
Jerry Campbell of Claremore, OK
1 Brother – Victor (Marie) Campbell of The Villages, FL
8 Grandchildren
13 Great-grandchildren
Other Relatives & Friends

Russell Elliott Campbell, the son of George and Ida (Leuke) Campbell, was born on November 21, 1929, on the family farm located in Lincoln Township, west of Harlan, Iowa. As an infant, he was baptized at the United Methodist Church in Harlan. Russell attended the Jackson Township #4 country school for seven years, and then went to Harlan High School. He began working as a farmhand, and served in the United States Army from 1951-53.

On September 29, 1956, Russell married Jo Ann Mary Ebert at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Harlan. The couple lived in Idaho Springs, Colorado, for two years before returning to Harlan to make their home. It was there that Russell began doing maintenance work, primarily in the meat packing industry.

Russell and Jo Ann enjoyed working together making and selling ceramics at craft shows for over 15 years. Russell had a good sense of humor. During his younger years, he liked to hunt and fish.

Russell E. Campbell died on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Azria Health Rose Vista Home in Woodbine, Iowa. He had reached the age of 92 years, 7 months, and 29 days.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jo Ann Mary Campbell on December 10, 2006; three brothers, Keith Campbell, Kenneth Campbell, and Sheldon Campbell; and two sisters, Phyllis Rickers and Delores Rock. He is survived by three sons, Mike (Mary) Campbell of Kansas City, Missouri, Scott (Paula) Campbell of Tennant, Iowa, and Jerry Campbell of Claremore, Oklahoma; one brother, Victor (Marie) Campbell of The Villages, Florida; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

A private graveside service will be held at the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home, Inc. in Harlan, Iowa, assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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