Jerry Campbell, 71

Jerry L. Campbell, 71, a former resident of the Churubusco area and more recently of Columbia City, passed away at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City. He had been in failing health for some time and had entered the hospital last Thursday.Mr. Campbell was born in Rome City Jan. 8, 1942, a son of Joseph G. and Marie L. (Herendeen) Campbell. His marriage took place July 3, 1959, to Karen G. Whittaker, and he spent most of his adult life in Noble County before moving to his present home in Columbia City in 2012.Employed at Dana Corporation in Churubusco for 42 years, he retired from there as a maintenance employee in 2003.Surviving relatives include his wife Karen, to whom he was married for more than 54 years; four children, Dennis J. (Barbara) Campbell of Albion, Timothy Lee (Sandi) Campbell of Corunna, Sheryl Ann Campbell of Columbia City, and Joseph C. Campbell of Camby; two sisters, Jane Gray of Churubusco and Jeannette (John) Winebrenner of Fort Wayne; a son-in-law, William “Skip” Paul of Grabill; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Corrine Rene Paul Nov. 4, 2013; and by a daughter-in-law, Janet G. Campbell Aug. 17, 2013.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Chaplain Kurt M. Snyder officiating.The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 2 to 8 p.m., or one hour prior to the service Saturday morning.Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, 6316 Mutual Dr., Fort Wayne, IN 46825.To leave an online condolence for the family in Mr. Campbell’s memory, log on to or find us on Facebook.