Funeral services for Wilmer E. “Sam” Campbell, 85, of New Albany, will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Kraft Funeral Service, Charlestown Road Chapel, New Albany, with full military honors. Burial will be in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park, New Albany. He died Sunday May 12, 2013, at his home.
He was born July 1, 1927, in Pekin, to the late Emmett and Maggie Brown Campbell and “Sam” always returned to his hometown of Pekin to drive his antique Model “A” Ford in the 4th of July Parade. He was a Glazier with Wolf Glass Co. for some 40 years until his retirement and a member of the Glazier Union #1529 in Louisville. He was an Army Air Corp veteran of World War II and a lifetime member of Bonnie Sloan Post 28 American Legion. He loved his hobbies of woodworking and antique cars and trucks. He was a 50-year member of Manzanita Tribe of Redmen 276, commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Gov. Julian Carroll in 1977 and a member of Central Christian Church in New Albany.
Survivors include his wife of 23 year, Rita M. Kaninenberg Anderson Campbell; a son, Irvin Campbell and wife, Patty, of New Albany; stepdaughters, Theresa Morton, of New Caney, Texas, and Mindy Anderson and husband, Tom Trich, of Jeffersonville; five grandchildren, Larry and Troy Campbell, Toni Bullock and her husband, Doug, Amanda Rothrock and her husband, Ahren, and Rebekah Morton; and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a wife, Betty Campbell; brother, Irvin Campbell; and a sister, Gladys Rickard.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday and after 11 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made to: www.kraftfs.com