Edward Henry Campbell, 93, passed into heaven on July 12, 2020 due to age related ailments associated with dementia. He was born December 12, 1926 in Kissimmee to Edward Dewey and Leona Perfitt Campbell.
Edward was a member of the pioneer Osceola County Campbell Family for whom Campbell City was named.
He would have graduated from Osceola High School with the class of 1944 but was going to be drafted into the Army. Instead of being forced to join the army, he bucked the system and chose to volunteer with the Marine Corp which he felt was tougher and more prestigious…Oorah! While in the military he passed his GED test.
He retired, as Gunnery Sergeant, from the United Stated Marine Corp (USMC) after a total of 22 years having served, with honor and distinction, in World War II with the 3rd Marine Corp Division, Korean war with the 1st Marine Corp division during the chosen reservoir campaign, and the Vietnam era.
While stationed at headquarters Marine Corp in Virginia, he attended barbers school earning a masters barbers license barbering in Virginia, Georgia, and Florida.
After retiring from the USMC in 1966, he moved his family back to Florida to their new home in Campbell City which was built by his father using funds from earnings he made barbering after hours and weekends while in the Marine Corp. He gained employment with the Central and Southern Florida Water Management District and twenty-three years later he retired as assistant Superintendent at the Kissimmee Field Station.
During his employment there, he attended flight school at the Kissimmee airport receiving his private pilot’s license. He was an accomplished pilot, owning several aircraft. He enjoyed flying, with his wife Hazel, to visit family in Virginia and Texas. He especially enjoyed flying to Louisiana and Arkansas to visit his son, Lewis, who was stationed there with the Air Force. It was always a treat to fly with him to River Ranch Acres for breakfast.
After this retirement, he and Hazel, moved to Valdosta, Georgia and it was in 1993 they moved back to Florida to their new home in St. Cloud.
Edward was also a 32nd degree mason and was a member, in good standing, at the Orange Blossom Masonic Lodge in Kissimmee.
As he aged, activities became limited. Some of his fondest memories included going to the casino with Hazel and Lewis and other family members, Jenny and Mack Bragg and Maxine and Albert Campbell.
Going fishing with his children and friends and hunting with his grandson, Alan, his daughter, Deborah, and nephew, Charlie, were especially fond memories. He also loved hunting with his wonderful friend Wesley and the rest of the gang at the hunting property near Southport in Kissimmee.
In his later years, after his loving wife of 58 years passed away, he moved to Rockledge FL to be near his daughter, Deborah. While there, he participated in the honors flight trip to Washington DC. where he and other retired military veterans were treated, with honor, for their service and sacrifice to our country. During that trip, he and another veteran were chosen to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the unknown soldier. He felt so privileged to be chosen for such an honor.
He is survived by his loving children, Deborah Martuch and Edward Lewis Campbell both of Rockledge, Florida; 2 grandchildren for whom he loved and was so proud of, Alan Martuch of Tampa, Melanie and her husband Matthew Bayer and their daughter, Hazel Bayer; Sister Eleanor Campbell Ramage of Lakeland; brother Lester Campbell (Vera) of Kissimmee; sister in-laws Esther Bragg Roach, Virginia Bragg, Gerry Bragg, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Hazel Bragg Campbell; Sister, Helen Campbell Yates; Brothers Albert, Charles, and “J.C” (Jake) Campbell; sister in-laws Mary Bragg Shiflett, Rosetta Bragg Braden, Loretta Bragg Carner; brother in-laws Radius Mack Bragg, Joe Bragg, Frank Bragg, Harvey Bragg
Out of an abundance of caution and safety for friends and family due to the covid virus, the family has decided to forgo a memorial service. He will be interred with military honors, alongside of his wife, at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims, Florida.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of Health first for the loving care provided Edward.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Health First, below, or to a charity close to his heart, Shriners Hospital for Children at https://donate.lovetotherescue.org
Hospice of Health First
1131 W. New Haven Ave.
West Melbourne, FL 32904
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Hospice of Health First
1131 West New Haven Avenue, West Melbourne FL 32904
Shriners Hospitals for Children
2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa FL 33607